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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

Button, Alonso To Drive For McLaren In 2015
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 – 12:19 | No Comment
Button, Alonso To Drive For McLaren In 2015

All the conjecture surrounding Jenson Button’s impending exit from McLaren and the FIA Formula One World Championship turned out to be complete rubbish.
Button will contest his sixth season with McLaren in 2015 alongside Fernando Alonso, who rejoins the team after five seasons with Scuderia Ferrari. The pairing of Alonso and Button _ who have won [...]

Harvick: Scary Change Of Scene Resulted In Title
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 – 19:11 | No Comment
Harvick: Scary Change Of Scene Resulted In Title

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Kevin Harvick says his journey from “scared-to-death” newcomer at Stewart-Haas Racing to 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was inspired – believe it or not – by a phrase popularized last summer by the U.S. World Cup Soccer team.
Harvick, crew chief Rodney Childers and teammates adopted the “I believe!” mantra [...]

Medlen Joins Prock At Don Schumacher Racing
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 – 16:29 | 4 Comments
Medlen Joins Prock At Don Schumacher Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
“Fast Jack” Beckman’s pursuit of a second NHRA Funny Car world championship will be led by crew chief Jimmy Prock and assistant John Medlen, the latest defection from the team of 16-time world champion John Force.
Medlen’s addition to Beckman’s lineup as Prock’s assistant at Don Schumacher Racing was announced Friday [...]

IndyCar Notes: Foyt Out Of Hospital After 25 Days
Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 – 17:39 | No Comment
IndyCar Notes: Foyt Out Of Hospital After 25 Days

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Racing icon A.J. Foyt Jr. has been released from Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston and is recovering at home from recent triple bypass heart surgery.
Although his heart surgery on Nov. 12 was successful, Foyt developed serious complications with his lungs. He was kept on a ventilator for eight days [...]

Hamilton Sees Title As A Crowning Achievement
Monday, Nov 24, 2014 – 9:06 | Comments Off
Hamilton Sees Title As A Crowning Achievement

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On the day he described as “the greatest in my life,” Lewis Hamilton surmised that Her Majesty’s still a pretty nice girl.
“I’m more hoping that I get to go and see the Queen again!” Hamilton said Sunday after his victory in the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix clinched the [...]

Rosberg Hoping For Double Trouble In F1 Finale
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 – 0:12 | Comments Off
Rosberg Hoping For Double Trouble In F1 Finale

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As per Bernie Ecclestone’s script, Mercedes AMG teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will launch their bids for the 2014 Formula One World Driving Championship from the front row in Sunday’s season-ending Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
So, why was Valtteri Bottas fielding so many post-qualifying questions Saturday evening at [...]

‘Fast N’ Loud’ Guys Getting Very Fast And Very Loud
Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 – 16:17 | 4 Comments
‘Fast N’ Loud’ Guys Getting Very Fast And Very Loud

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – The guys from “Fast N’ Loud” have hooked-up with a motorsport that is loud n’ fast, another expansion of the Texas brand that is all about “Blood, Sweat and Beers.”
Gas Monkey Garage partners Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman have partnered their Dallas-based business with Hennen Motorsports of [...]

Enders-Stevens Completes The Dream In Pomona
Monday, Nov 17, 2014 – 7:51 | Comments Off
Enders-Stevens Completes The Dream In Pomona

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ten years after launching her professional drag racing career against a stacked quarter-mile lineup featuring Greg Anderson, Warren Johnson and Jeg Coughlin Jr., Erica Enders-Stevens joined the club Sunday as the NHRA’s first woman Pro Stock world champion.
Enders-Stevens recorded her sixth victory of the 2014 season when two-time world [...]

Pomona II Means It’s Force Vs. Hagan Time
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 – 8:06 | Comments Off
Pomona II Means It’s Force Vs. Hagan Time

NHRA Funny Car point-leader Matt Hagan knows the road to his second world championship likely will run through John Force, drag racing’s consummate showman.
So, armed with a 21-point/two-rounds of racing lead heading into the season-ending 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals…it’s on with the show!
“It’s going to be one hell of a show, and I’m [...]

Enders-Stevens Ready To Make Pro Stock History
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 – 18:18 | Comments Off
Enders-Stevens Ready To Make Pro Stock History

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In a career marked by multiple “firsts” and one made-for-TV movie, the script for Erica Enders-Stevens’ NHRA sequel is all about celebrating Pro Stock herstory.
Enders-Stevens is poised to become the first woman to win a Pro Stock world championship during this weekend’s season-ending 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at [...]