Home » Archive by Author

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

Indy 500 Moving To NBC Next Season
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 – 18:27 | Comments Off on Indy 500 Moving To NBC Next Season
Indy 500 Moving To NBC Next Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Television coverage of the Indianapolis 500 _ the world’s largest, single-day sporting event _ will move to the NBC network in May 2019 after an historic, 54-year run on ABC as part of a media rights package announced Wednesday between the Verizon IndyCar Series and NBC Sports Group.
Sanctioning body INDYCAR […]

Helio Makes Cameo Appearance In An Indy Car
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 – 8:09 | Comments Off on Helio Makes Cameo Appearance In An Indy Car
Helio Makes Cameo Appearance In An Indy Car

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Helio Castroneves reverted to his exuberant open-wheel self Tuesday, when the three-time Indianapolis 500 champion tested INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal aerodynamic chassis for the first time.
Castroneves rejoined Team Penske’s regular-season, three-driver lineup for a Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Barber Motorsports Park in preparation for the fourth annual INDYCAR Grand […]

Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats
Monday, Mar 19, 2018 – 10:12 | Comments Off on Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats
Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats

Richie Crampton ended a Top Fuel futility streak dating to the 2015 season and became the 10th driver to win for NHRA icon Conrad “Connie” Kalitta with a victory in Sunday’s 49th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
Crampton recorded an uncontested final-round win when he wheeled his Kalitta Air/DHL dragster to a 1,000-foot pass in […]

Beckman Holds On To Earn Pole at Gatornationals
Sunday, Mar 18, 2018 – 9:13 | Comments Off on Beckman Holds On To Earn Pole at Gatornationals
Beckman Holds On To Earn Pole at Gatornationals

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jack Beckman and his team of tuning wizards secured the No. 1 qualifying spot in Funny Car as time trials concluded before an announced sellout crowd Saturday for the 49th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
Veteran tuners Dean Antonelli, John Medlen and Neal Strausbaugh watched Beckman’s 1,000-foot […]

Biker Arana Jr. Crashes The 200 MPH Barrier
Saturday, Mar 17, 2018 – 8:46 | Comments Off on Biker Arana Jr. Crashes The 200 MPH Barrier
Biker Arana Jr. Crashes The 200 MPH Barrier

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It took Hector Arana Jr. nearly three years _ but only 6.937-seconds _ to blast past professional drag racing’s last major barrier Friday at historic Gainesville Raceway.
Arana Jr. became the first NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to break the 200-mph barrier during second-round qualifications for the 49th annual AMALIE […]

Foyt Attacked By Bees – Again
Friday, Mar 16, 2018 – 17:43 | Comments Off on Foyt Attacked By Bees – Again
Foyt Attacked By Bees – Again

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The frightening sequel to “A.J. and the Killer Bees” played-out on a bulldozer earlier this week.
Motorsports icon A.J. Foyt Jr. has survived a second attack by Africanized Killer Bees. This incident _ eerily similar to one nearly 13 years ago _ occurred while Foyt was working on his ranch in […]

Krawiec Has Sights Set On The Magical Number
Friday, Mar 16, 2018 – 9:58 | Comments Off on Krawiec Has Sights Set On The Magical Number
Krawiec Has Sights Set On The Magical Number

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It widely is viewed as professional drag racing’s last major barrier, and “Jersey Boy” Eddie Krawiec has made it clear he wants his name next to the number in NHRA’s record book.
“First and foremost, I want to go 200 mph,” said Krawiec, anticipating the start of the 2018 Pro Stock […]

Lone Star J.R. Given A Texas-Sized Party
Monday, Mar 12, 2018 – 16:05 | Comments Off on Lone Star J.R. Given A Texas-Sized Party
Lone Star J.R. Given A Texas-Sized Party

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Open-wheel legend Johnny Rutherford is celebrating his 80th birthday today with some cake that, appropriately enough, has a few miles on it.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 champion was feted during Texas Motor Speedway’s annual Media Day program at The Speedway Club on Feb. 28. Rutherford, who lives […]

Haas F1 Has Busy Final Day In Spain
Sunday, Mar 11, 2018 – 9:16 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Has Busy Final Day In Spain
Haas F1 Has Busy Final Day In Spain

Haas F1 Team lead driver Romain Grosjean closed-out the final session of preseason testing for the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship with _ what else? _ a RUSH.
Grosjean scripted a new preseason testing benchmark for American-owned Haas F1 with 181 laps completed Friday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. That also was the highest […]

Indy Cars Trying To Get A Grip
Saturday, Mar 10, 2018 – 13:46 | Comments Off on Indy Cars Trying To Get A Grip
Indy Cars Trying To Get A Grip

INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal chassis served up grip challenges front-to-rear for the 24 drivers hot-lapping during Friday’s two practice sessions for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport sat atop the leader board at the close of a pair of 45-minute sessions with a best lap of […]