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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

Richards Heads To Gainesville Hoping To Help
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Richards Heads To Gainesville Hoping To Help
Richards Heads To Gainesville Hoping To Help

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car driver Dave Richards will make his 2016 NHRA debut during the 47th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway this weekend, the first of 10 events under a unique sponsorship package with Prestige Corporate.
Richards’ Ford Shelby Mustang will be fully-funded by family friends Brian and Janie […]

Montoya Repeats In St. Pete
Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 – 14:09 | Comments Off on Montoya Repeats In St. Pete
Montoya Repeats In St. Pete

As scripted by “The Captain,” Juan Pablo Montoya’s 2016 championship bid and Team Penske’s 50th anniversary celebration are off-and-running. Just call it Roger Penske’s latest pursuit of perfection.
Pipped by archrival Scott Dixon for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series title via a tiebreaker, Montoya controlled the closing laps of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg […]

Penske Brings Major Firepower To St. Pete Street Fight
Sunday, Mar 13, 2016 – 8:20 | Comments Off on Penske Brings Major Firepower To St. Pete Street Fight
Penske Brings Major Firepower To St. Pete Street Fight

Scott Dixon knows his road to victory in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and a possible fifth Verizon IndyCar Series championship, runs directly through 50 years of open-wheel history.
“Probably beating a Penske car, I think,” said Dixon, lead driver for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. “They’re pretty strong here.”
Here, on the Streets of St. […]

Haas F1 Adds American As Development Driver
Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 – 16:58 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Adds American As Development Driver
Haas F1 Adds American As Development Driver

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team has signed 17-year-old Santino Ferrucci as its first development driver and American with the potential to land a fulltime seat in Formula One with the North Carolina-based organization.
A native of Woodbury, Conn., Ferrucci will be embedded with Haas F1 Team at every opportunity in 2016 during […]

Stewart’s Driving Career Remains On Hold
Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 – 8:00 | Comments Off on Stewart’s Driving Career Remains On Hold
Stewart’s Driving Career Remains On Hold

The start-me-up date of Tony Stewart’s 18th and final NASCAR season remains open-ended following the latest evaluation of the back injury the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion suffered in a dune buggy accident on Jan. 31.
Stewart was examined by doctors in Kannapolis, N.C., on Wednesday, 39 days after suffering a burst fracture of the […]

American Rossi Suddenly Has Two Jobs
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 – 18:02 | Comments Off on American Rossi Suddenly Has Two Jobs
American Rossi Suddenly Has Two Jobs

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alexander Rossi suddenly is a man in demand. The last American to compete in Formula One has been signed by Manor Racing as its official reserve driver for the 2016 FIA F1 World Championship.
Wednesday’s announcement comes a little over two weeks after Rossi was introduced as Andretti Autosport’s fourth driver […]

Haas F1 Turns Attention To Australia
Friday, Mar 4, 2016 – 18:32 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Turns Attention To Australia
Haas F1 Turns Attention To Australia

Haas F1 Team closed its inaugural preseason testing schedule Friday by opting to divide-and-conquer, with teammates Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez combining to turn 91 laps around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
With official practice for the 2016 season-opening Australian Grand Prix now two weeks away, Grosjean and Gutierrez logged the organization’s highest single-day lap-count […]

Haas F1 Needs Brake In Barcelona
Thursday, Mar 3, 2016 – 16:57 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Needs Brake In Barcelona
Haas F1 Needs Brake In Barcelona

The penultimate day of preseason testing for Haas F1 Team saw Romain Grosjean record the first “offs” in the VF-16 during a combined 78 laps around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
After teammate Esteban Gutierrez struggled through two problem-plagued days of testing that produced only 24 combined laps, Grosjean logged 225.61-miles/363.09-kilometers around the 2.89-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn circuit […]

Mechanical Bugs Bite Haas In Barcelona
Thursday, Mar 3, 2016 – 8:16 | Comments Off on Mechanical Bugs Bite Haas In Barcelona
Mechanical Bugs Bite Haas In Barcelona

Haas F1 Team’s second round of preseason testing continued to be problem-plagued Wednesday, when “an anomaly” with the turbocharger on the No. 21 VF-16 limited Esteban Gutierrez to a single installation lap around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
Wednesday’s frustration came on the heels of a Tuesday practice limited to 23 laps by Gutierrez due to […]

Pritchett Wins Historic Matchup With Force
Monday, Feb 29, 2016 – 8:39 | Comments Off on Pritchett Wins Historic Matchup With Force
Pritchett Wins Historic Matchup With Force

Leah Pritchett defeated Brittany Force in the first all-female Top Fuel final in over 30 years to record her first national event victory Sunday at the 32nd annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
“It’s the happiest day of my life, besides getting married of course,” Pritchett said after her historic victory at Wild Horse Pass […]