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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

New TMS-IndyCar Pact Opens Up Texas Market
Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018 – 7:08 | Comments Off on New TMS-IndyCar Pact Opens Up Texas Market
New TMS-IndyCar Pact Opens Up Texas Market

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Texas Motor Speedway’s recently announced four-year contract extension with INDYCAR insures the Verizon IndyCar Series will be competing under the lights at the Fort Worth facility past the quarter-century mark, while also opening the door for the sanctioning body to race in potentially lucrative new Southwest markets.
The extension covering 2019-2022 […]

Haas F1 Doubles Up At Spa
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018 – 7:15 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Doubles Up At Spa
Haas F1 Doubles Up At Spa

American-owned Haas F1 Team earned a double-points result for the second straight race and the third time this season during Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 13th round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.
The 10 points from the collective result of Grosjean […]

Power Was The Man Of The Hour At Gateway
Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 – 8:16 | Comments Off on Power Was The Man Of The Hour At Gateway
Power Was The Man Of The Hour At Gateway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Will Power went from worst-to-first at Gateway Motorsports Park in the span of a year Saturday night, and in the process, inched closer into contention for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Charging from the start, Power took control over the final 100 laps of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented […]

Wickens Recovering From Back Surgery
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 – 7:13 | Comments Off on Wickens Recovering From Back Surgery
Wickens Recovering From Back Surgery

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens is recovering from surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., to stabilize a thoracic spinal fracture associated with a spinal cord injury sustained during the INDYCAR event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday.
Titanium rods and screws successfully were placed in Wickens’ spine during […]

Surgery Scheduled For Wickens’ Spine Injury
Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 – 7:24 | Comments Off on Surgery Scheduled For Wickens’ Spine Injury
Surgery Scheduled For Wickens’ Spine Injury

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Robert Wickens, injured in a violent multiple-car crash at Pocono Raceway Sunday, was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday evening in a Pennsylvania hospital for a spinal injury.
Wickens continues to be treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., following injuries sustained during the ABC Supply 500 on […]

Elder Torrence Rules At Brainerd
Monday, Aug 20, 2018 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Elder Torrence Rules At Brainerd
Elder Torrence Rules At Brainerd

Billy Torrence defied the odds, avenged his son and wrote an improbable ending to Sunday’s 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals by scoring his first career Top Fuel victory at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.
The 60-year-old Texan and founder of Capco Contractors, Inc., applied an exclamation point to his pole-winning weekend with a final-round victory […]

IndyCar Series Celebration Muted At Pocono
Monday, Aug 20, 2018 – 7:14 | Comments Off on IndyCar Series Celebration Muted At Pocono
IndyCar Series Celebration Muted At Pocono

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alexander Rossi’s latest Verizon IndyCar Series Victory Circle celebration was muted late Sunday afternoon at Pocono Raceway, where concern about the condition of fellow-driver Robert Wickens overshadowed a tightening championship chase.
As he had done at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in his previous start, Rossi dominated the ABC Supply 500 on […]

Wickens Wreck Mars IndyCar Race At Pocono
Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 – 19:34 | Comments Off on Wickens Wreck Mars IndyCar Race At Pocono
Wickens Wreck Mars IndyCar Race At Pocono

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Robert Wickens reportedly was “awake and alert” in an Allentown, Pa., hospital Sunday after triggering a violent, multi-car crash in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
The 200-lap/500-mile race was red-flagged to a halt on Lap 9 following a crash initially involving Wickens of Schmidt Peterson […]

Q and A: Dixon Can’t Get Enough
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 – 8:21 | Comments Off on Q and A: Dixon Can’t Get Enough
Q and A: Dixon Can’t Get Enough

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Chip Ganassi Racing’s longest-tenured driver will continue to add to that legacy, apparently well past his 40th birthday.
Scott Dixon, a four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and current point-leader, has signed a “multi-year” contract extension that will see the 38-year-old Kiwi compete with CGR for a record 18th season in 2019 in […]

Alonso And McLaren To Split
Thursday, Aug 16, 2018 – 7:14 | Comments Off on Alonso And McLaren To Split
Alonso And McLaren To Split

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Fernando Alonso’s desire to “explore new adventures” in motorsports will continue in 2019, albeit not in Formula One.
A two-time F1 World Driving Champion, Alonso confirmed this week he will not compete with McLaren/Renault in the FIA’s F1 World Championship in 2019 _ without addressing his full-time future plans.
“After 17 wonderful […]