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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

Five-Timer Dixon Is IndyCar Man Of The Hour
Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 – 7:24 | Comments Off on Five-Timer Dixon Is IndyCar Man Of The Hour
Five-Timer Dixon Is IndyCar Man Of The Hour

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scott Dixon has settled into INDYCAR’s lengthy offseason with a seven-figure bonus, a new teammate and the red-carpet launch of a feature documentary about his life and times.
Now a five-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Dixon and his Chip Ganassi Racing team were honored at the recent INDYCAR Victory Lap celebration […]

NHRA’s Gray’s Career About To Make A Left Turn
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 – 17:41 | One Comment
NHRA’s Gray’s Career About To Make A Left Turn

NHRA Championship Drag Racing will lose one of its rising stars to NASCAR at season’s end, perhaps as a one-and-done world champion.
Pro Stock point-leader Tanner Gray _ who proudly brandishes a stock car-style No. 15 on his Chevrolet Camaro SS _ will transition to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East fulltime in 2019 with DGR-Crosley. […]

Hight Wins Gateway Just Before His Funny Car Explodes
Monday, Sep 24, 2018 – 9:14 | Comments Off on Hight Wins Gateway Just Before His Funny Car Explodes
Hight Wins Gateway Just Before His Funny Car Explodes

 
Robert Hight was forced to skip the Victory Circle celebration at Gateway Motorsports Park Sunday afternoon following an engine explosion that sent the two-time/reigning Funny Car world champion to a St. Louis-area hospital for evaluation.
The latest in a season-long series of Funny Car engine explosions at John Force Racing saw Hight drive to victory over […]

Courtney Force On Provisional Pole At Gateway
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 – 8:01 | Comments Off on Courtney Force On Provisional Pole At Gateway
Courtney Force On Provisional Pole At Gateway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Courtney Force continued her qualifying dominance Friday night at Gateway Motorsports Park, racing to the provisional Funny Car pole during the opening day of time trials for the seventh annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill.
Currently third in the Countdown to the Championship point standings, Force covered the […]

Dixon Cements Status As An IndyCar All-Timer
Monday, Sep 17, 2018 – 9:24 | Comments Off on Dixon Cements Status As An IndyCar All-Timer
Dixon Cements Status As An IndyCar All-Timer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Widely acknowledged as the greatest open-wheel driver of his generation, Scott Dixon stamped it as fact Sunday by clinching his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Dixon started second alongside pole-sitter/eventual INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma race-winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and finished there, a result that proved to be more than enough to […]

RHR Hunts Down Pole At IndyCar Season-Ender
Sunday, Sep 16, 2018 – 8:16 | Comments Off on RHR Hunts Down Pole At IndyCar Season-Ender
RHR Hunts Down Pole At IndyCar Season-Ender

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Ryan Hunter-Reay blocked-out the hype surrounding the chase for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series title Saturday to concentrate on the tasks at-hand _ winning pole position for the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma and denying championship leader Scott Dixon of a potentially critical point.
The Andretti Autosport veteran won the Verizon […]

Top Drivers Remain Top Drivers At Sonoma
Saturday, Sep 15, 2018 – 12:52 | Comments Off on Top Drivers Remain Top Drivers At Sonoma
Top Drivers Remain Top Drivers At Sonoma

Two sessions of practice Friday for the season-ending INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma did little to separate the four remaining contenders for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Point-leader Scott Dixon was third on the combined-session time sheet at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California. The four-time series champion from Chip Ganassi Racing was sandwiched by Team […]

Torrence Heads To Countdown At Full Speed
Friday, Sep 14, 2018 – 7:18 | Comments Off on Torrence Heads To Countdown At Full Speed
Torrence Heads To Countdown At Full Speed

His once-imposing lead whittled to 20 points after NHRA’s playoff adjustment of the driver standings, Top Fuel contender Steve Torrence is determined to transform his regular-season dominance into the postseason success that eluded him one year ago.
Torrence will open NHRA’s six-race Countdown to the Championship looking to end a career-long victory drought at Maple Grove […]

Rossi Sets Sights On Championship
Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 – 11:26 | Comments Off on Rossi Sets Sights On Championship
Rossi Sets Sights On Championship

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alexander Rossi says his three-year tenure in the Verizon IndyCar Series has been nothing short of an accelerated learning curve. And among the things the Andretti Autosport ace has learned is…do not poke/provoke the bear.
“To actually be going into this weekend with a goal in mind of trying to win […]

The Battle Of Texas Features Promoters
Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 – 11:18 | Comments Off on The Battle Of Texas Features Promoters
The Battle Of Texas Features Promoters

 
Addition of Circuit of The Americas to the 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule figures to test the “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” cliché in terms of promoting and supporting open-wheel racing in the Lone Star State.
Specifically, can Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage and Bobby Epstein, founder/chairman of COTA, park their egos to work together and […]