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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

INDYCAR Notes: Newgarden Bolts ECR
Friday, Sep 30, 2016 – 17:40 | No Comment
INDYCAR Notes: Newgarden Bolts ECR

Ed Carpenter Racing has confirmed the longest-running rumor of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season _ rising American star Josef Newgarden has left the building in Speedway, Ind.
Newgarden, who finished a career-best fourth in this year’s championship, informed team-owner/driver Ed Carpenter on Thursday that he will not be returning to the team for the 2017 […]

Test Helps Hight Drive To Provisional Pole At Gateway
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 – 7:55 | No Comment
Test Helps Hight Drive To Provisional Pole At Gateway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A one-day test delivered immediate dividends for Robert Hight Friday at Gateway Motorsports Park, where the 2009 NHRA Funny Car world champion earned the provisional pole for the fifth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals.
Hight, of John Force Racing, pushed his Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS to a 1,000-foot pass […]

Capps Chasing Funny Car Title A Point At A Time
Friday, Sep 23, 2016 – 7:16 | No Comment
Capps Chasing Funny Car Title A Point At A Time

Ron Capps is pursuing his first NHRA Funny Car world championship with a point-padding plan that is as basic as one…two…seven.
Capps earned seven of a possible 12 bonus points when he was second-quickest twice, and fastest once, during four sessions of qualifying for last weekend’s ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, […]

Champion Pagenaud Grips It And Rips It At Sonoma
Monday, Sep 19, 2016 – 7:05 | No Comment
Champion Pagenaud Grips It And Rips It At Sonoma

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Mild-mannered Simon Pagenaud “unleashed the beast” at Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon during a flag-to-flag victory in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma that clinched the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Pagenaud secured his first IndyCar Series title and the 14th for Team Penske by 3.2523-seconds over Graham Rahal at the conclusion […]

Pagenaud In Prime Position To Win 1st Title
Sunday, Sep 18, 2016 – 8:25 | No Comment
Pagenaud In Prime Position To Win 1st Title

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud will chase his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship from a position of strength _ P1, baby _ following a record-setting performance during qualifications for Sunday’s season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The Team Penske ace added to his qualifying mastery Saturday, claiming the pole at Sonoma Raceway in Northern […]

Castroneves Fastest At Penske Coronation Weekend In Sonoma
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 – 8:07 | No Comment
Castroneves Fastest At Penske Coronation Weekend In Sonoma

Guaranteed the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, Team Penske is aiming to close the season in dominating fashion during the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Penske drivers Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud set the pace in the opening day of practice for Sunday’s 85-lap race on Sonoma Raceway’s 2.385-mile/12-turn permanent road-course in Northern California. […]

Biker Hines May R and D Himself To Another Title
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 – 7:56 | No Comment
Biker Hines May R and D Himself To Another Title

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His NHRA resume reads five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion. But Andrew Hines admittedly operates in a completely different role opposite teammate Eddie Krawiec.
“I’m the guinea pig on the crew,” said Hines, winner of three consecutive PSM titles aboard his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. “We always keep Eddie’s […]

Power Cleared To Drive, Compete For Title
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 – 16:06 | Comments Off on Power Cleared To Drive, Compete For Title
Power Cleared To Drive, Compete For Title

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Will Power’s relentless pursuit of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series driver’s championship will continue at the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma later this month.
Power was cleared to drive Tuesday by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director, after the Team Penske ace successfully passed concussion testing protocol.
Power was involved in a crash […]

Dixon Makes It Look Easy While Winning At Watkins Glen
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 – 20:47 | Comments Off on Dixon Makes It Look Easy While Winning At Watkins Glen
Dixon Makes It Look Easy While Winning At Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Scott Dixon was magical, magnificent and The Man Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen International…and that was it for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.
Completing a weekend during which he led all three practices, qualified on-pole in record-setting style and paced Sunday morning’s warmup session, Dixon blitzed WGI’s repaved 3.37-mile/11-turn circuit […]

Tires Under Scrutiny At The Glen
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 – 12:34 | Comments Off on Tires Under Scrutiny At The Glen
Tires Under Scrutiny At The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Pole-sitter Scott Dixon paced the final 30-minute Verizon IndyCar Series warmup session Sunday morning at Watkins Glen International, and then opted to start the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen on Firestone’s alternate (red) compound tires.
Dixon logged 14 laps around WGI’s repaved, 3.37-mile/11-turn natural-terrain layout under sunny skies with a best […]