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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

Championship Puts Dixon On Indy Cars’ Top Shelf
Monday, Aug 31, 2015 – 8:21 | No Comment
Championship Puts Dixon On Indy Cars’ Top Shelf

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Enigmatic team-owner Chip Ganassi once famously observed that he would hire a Martian to drive one of his race cars if he thought said alien could “push the button.”
Martians licensed to drive an open-wheel race car were in short supply four events into the 2002 Championship Auto Racing Teams season, […]

Schumacher Hires alBalooshi After Booting Massey
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 – 12:48 | No Comment
Schumacher Hires alBalooshi After Booting Massey

Team-owner Don Schumacher has hired Khalid alBalooshi to begin driving the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing beginning Friday during drag racing’s marquee event, the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis.
alBalooshi, a resident of Los Angeles and citizen of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, replaces Spencer Massey for […]

Penske’s Power On Pole For IndyCar Season Finale
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 – 7:40 | No Comment
Penske’s Power On Pole For IndyCar Season Finale

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power reset his year-old track record during Saturday’s Firestone Fast Six to earn the Verizon P1 Award and pace four of six championship contenders starting on the first three rows for the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Power, driver of the No. 1 Verizon […]

Stewart Responds To Ward Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 – 8:02 | No Comment
Stewart Responds To Ward Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart contends he did not see Kevin Ward Jr. walking toward his Sprint Car until seconds before the 20-year-old was struck and fatally injured during an on-track accident in Upstate New York last summer.
Stewart’s response to the wrongful death lawsuit brought earlier this month by Ward’s parents was filed Friday by attorney […]

Hyundai Edition Of Red Dragon Ready To Roll
Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 – 8:31 | No Comment
Hyundai Edition Of Red Dragon Ready To Roll

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Armed with a real-time appreciation for what it takes to homologate a Hyundai, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will make its sedan-style debut in the Pirelli World Challenge at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.
The first iteration of the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance/Bob Stallings Hyundai Genesis Coupe “Red Dragon” owned by Dallas businessman/racer […]

Rahal: An IndyCar Championship Feels Possible
Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 – 8:23 | No Comment
Rahal: An IndyCar Championship Feels Possible

All-American boy Graham Rahal proudly says he is about to enter “two of the biggest races of my career” within nine points of his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Rahal’s breakthrough campaign could take a massive swing Sunday during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, the season’s penultimate event and final oval-track race of 2015. […]

Montoya’s Cool As Rahal Triangulates In On Lead
Friday, Aug 21, 2015 – 7:29 | No Comment
Montoya’s Cool As Rahal Triangulates In On Lead

Juan Pablo Montoya’s once-formidable Verizon IndyCar Series point-lead over Graham Rahal is running on Sunoco E85R fumes. But in typical Juan Me Worry? fashion, JPM says he’s not sweating the season’s final two races.
Montoya will take a tenuous nine-point advantage (465-456) over Rahal into Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 around the triangular, 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway. JPM’s […]

MWR Done After Season; Drivers On The Market
Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 – 18:02 | No Comment
MWR Done After Season; Drivers On The Market

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Michael Waltrip Racing will cease full-time competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2016, immediately making drivers Clint Bowyer and David Ragan full-fledged free-agents.
Rob Kauffman, co-owner of MWR, and Bowyer announced Wednesday the parties mutually have agreed to separate at season’s end. Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 […]

INDYCAR Yanks Fontana From Schedule In ’16
Friday, Aug 14, 2015 – 14:15 | Comments Off on INDYCAR Yanks Fontana From Schedule In ’16
INDYCAR Yanks Fontana From Schedule In ’16

INDYCAR solved its latest controversy involving “pack racing” Friday, when the open-wheel sanctioning body announced that Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., would not return to the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule in 2016.
Graham Rahal scored his second career victory on Auto Club’s 2-mile/D-shaped oval on June 27 in an event featuring a record 80-lead changes […]

Busch’s Mission Is To Sweep The Roads Clean
Sunday, Aug 9, 2015 – 7:46 | Comments Off on Busch’s Mission Is To Sweep The Roads Clean
Busch’s Mission Is To Sweep The Roads Clean

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Kyle Busch ran out of gas last Sunday at Pocono Raceway but “Rowdy” certainly hasn’t run out of steam.
In his injury-belated bid to qualify for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, Busch will attempt to complete a sweep of the schedule’s two road-course events via a […]