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John Sturbin, Senior Writer

John Sturbin joined the staff of RacinToday.com after a 35-year career in the daily newspaper business, the last 12 as nationally recognized motorsports beat writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He was point-man for the paper’s expanded and award-winning motorsports coverage beginning in the mid-1990s, centered around NASCAR and IndyCar series events at Texas Motor Speedway. Sturbin covered his first Indianapolis 500 in 1980, and has staffed “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” every year since. He regularly has covered the National Hot Rod Association’s annual event at Texas Motorplex in Ennis since the mid-1980s. A native of Rome, N.Y., Sturbin first followed the careers of NASCAR Modified champions Richie Evans and Jerry Cook at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., as a fan before eventually covering both drivers as sports writer at The Daily Sentinel. While at The Sentinel, Sturbin began staffing Formula One’s annual autumn visit to Watkins Glen International during the mid-1970s. Since moving to Fort Worth in October 1978, he has covered Formula One events on street circuits in Dallas and Phoenix and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sturbin’s international travels while covering professional boxing led to a freelance assignment staffing the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans for The Associated Press. He also has authored freelance articles for numerous clients, including Texas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. John has served as a voting member of the Driver of the Year media panel since 1996, as well as various industry-related hall of fame selection committees. Sturbin received the prestigious Bloys Britt Award in motorsports, as judged by The Associated Press, for a feature on IndyCar icon A.J. Foyt Jr.’s rehabilitation from devastating foot and leg injuries. He also is a past recipient of the National Hot Rod Association’s Media Award. During his tenure at the Star-Telegram, Sturbin received numerous in-house awards for motorsports coverage, including Editorial Employee of the Month and Spot News Story of the Year for his report on the death of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in February 2001. In addition to his motorsports resume, Sturbin logged two stints covering the Dallas Cowboys as backup beat writer. He also has covered the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL, NCAA football and basketball, World Gymnastics Championships and various high school and semi-pro sports. A graduate of Utica (N.Y.) College, Sturbin is a classic car and motorcycle enthusiast. He resides in Southwest Fort Worth.

Articles by John Sturbin

Wickens Returns To A Cockpit In Toronto
Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 – 11:45 | No Comment
Wickens Returns To A Cockpit In Toronto

IndyCar’s Robert Wickens will put the helmet back on in Toronto on Sunday.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Patient 31265 will strap-in and drive a specially equipped street car prior to the start of Sunday’s NTT IndyCar Series race in Canada. And after Robert Wickens delivers the command to start engines, the Honda Indy Toronto at […]

Tasca, Ford Contenders Again In Funny Car
Sunday, Jul 7, 2019 – 10:53 | No Comment
Tasca, Ford Contenders Again In Funny Car

Bob Tasca III celebrates after winning the Funny Car portion of the NHRA show at Norwalk, Ohio recently. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Bob Tasca III’s fierce brand loyalty has returned Ford Motor Company to relevance in the NHRA’s nitro Funny Car ranks and rekindled memories of “Ford Total Performance.”

The […]

Dixon Takes Safety Screen For A Test Drive
Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 – 7:57 | No Comment
Dixon Takes Safety Screen For A Test Drive

IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon tested the series’ new “Aeroscreen”. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Scott Dixon crammed hot laps around five diverse NTT IndyCar Series layouts into a single session during a simulator test Tuesday of INDYCAR’s Aeroscreen driver safety prototype at the Dallara Research Center in Speedway, Ind.

Manufactured by Roush […]

Lots Of Eyes On Rossi – Including Those of Penske?
Thursday, Jun 27, 2019 – 8:28 | Comments Off on Lots Of Eyes On Rossi – Including Those of Penske?
Lots Of Eyes On Rossi – Including Those of Penske?

Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi powers through Turn 5 at Road America. He won last weekend’s IndyCar Series race at the Wisconsin road course and won it by a bunch. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Alexander Rossi altered the NTT IndyCar Series championship landscape with his dominating victory in Sunday’s REV Group Grand […]

Newgarden Makes A Statement In Fort Worth
Monday, Jun 10, 2019 – 8:18 | Comments Off on Newgarden Makes A Statement In Fort Worth
Newgarden Makes A Statement In Fort Worth

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden grabbed a big victory on Saturday night in Texas. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – With his victory at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, Joseph Newgarden officially served notice that the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship is his to win.

So bring it, Alexander Rossi.

The DXC […]

Biffle Makes An Awesome Return To NASCAR
Saturday, Jun 8, 2019 – 7:45 | Comments Off on Biffle Makes An Awesome Return To NASCAR
Biffle Makes An Awesome Return To NASCAR

Greg Biffle returned to the cockpit on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. And a successful return it was. (Photo courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – It was, as Greg Biffle screamed over his radio at the checkered flag, an “awesome freaking drive.”

Awesome? Improbable was more to the […]

IndyCar’s Dixon Gets Royal Treatment Back Home
Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 – 18:09 | Comments Off on IndyCar’s Dixon Gets Royal Treatment Back Home
IndyCar’s Dixon Gets Royal Treatment Back Home

IndyCar driver Scott Dixon celebrated his win in Detroit with a fountain drink on Sunday. He also could celebrate a royal honor. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Already considered royalty in the INDYCAR paddock, Scott Dixon’s homeland has made it official.

Dixon recovered from a crash and last-place finish in Saturday’s weather-plagued Race […]

Pagenaud Goes Out Clubbing In Indianapolis
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Pagenaud Goes Out Clubbing In Indianapolis
Pagenaud Goes Out Clubbing In Indianapolis

Indinapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud’s celebration continued Monday at The Speedway. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Pagenaud awoke after two hours of sleep Monday morning as Team Penske’s latest Indianapolis 500 champion, and a guy in need of a new smartphone.

“I don’t have my phone anymore. It’s just blown-up,” […]

Pagenaud Went To Attack Mode To Conquer Indy
Monday, May 27, 2019 – 8:33 | Comments Off on Pagenaud Went To Attack Mode To Conquer Indy
Pagenaud Went To Attack Mode To Conquer Indy

Frenchman Simon Pagenaud gave Roger Penske his 18th Indy 500 victory on Sunday. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Pagenaud spent the last 16-days at Indianapolis Motor Speedway reminding the racing universe how and why he drives for Team Penske.

“I was never going to give up, I’ll tell you,” Pagenaud […]

Youngsters Out To Make Names For Themselves
Sunday, May 26, 2019 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Youngsters Out To Make Names For Themselves
Youngsters Out To Make Names For Themselves

This mural in the headquarters of Harding Steinbrenner Racing lays out the team’s goals. (RacinToday photo by Martha Fairris)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Colton Herta, youngest driver to win an Indy car race, will start his first Indianapolis 500 Sunday in a car fielded by George M. Steinbrenner IV, youngest team-owner in Indy […]