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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

‘Red Dragon’ Has Bittersweet Return To The Rolex
Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 – 15:45 | Comments Off on ‘Red Dragon’ Has Bittersweet Return To The Rolex
‘Red Dragon’ Has Bittersweet Return To The Rolex

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Returning to the Rolex 24 At Daytona in his new role as sponsor with JDC-Miller MotorSports allowed GAINSCO executive Bob Stallings to experience something completely different during the twice-around-the-clock sports car classic.
SLEEP!
“I left the track between midnight and 12:30 (a.m.) and came back at around 6 […]

Not All Owners Left DIS Wearing Gold Watches
Monday, Jan 29, 2018 – 10:03 | Comments Off on Not All Owners Left DIS Wearing Gold Watches
Not All Owners Left DIS Wearing Gold Watches

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ His previously pristine, six-figure Audi race car sat in an IMSA paddock at Daytona International Speedway, where owner/driver Don Istook sized-up the racing definition of “extensive damage.”
“Every corner,” Istook said after examining the battered bodywork on his No. 11 RS Werkes Racing Audi RS3 LMS.
“Well, the left rear (panel) is OK,” […]

Stallings/JDC-Miller Partnership Produces Two Top-10 Overall Finishes
Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 – 15:14 | One Comment
Stallings/JDC-Miller Partnership Produces Two Top-10 Overall Finishes

(Editor’s Note: This is the second report from the Rolex 24 At Daytona on the return of Dallas businessman/racer Bob Stallings and GAINSCO Auto Insurance to Prototype sports car racing.)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A pair of fist-pumping, top-10 Prototype finishes loomed for JDC-Miller MotorSports as the 56th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona entered its final […]

Van Der Zande Likes Being A Control Freak
Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 – 21:07 | Comments Off on Van Der Zande Likes Being A Control Freak
Van Der Zande Likes Being A Control Freak

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –What’s it like leading the Rolex 24 At Daytona?
“It’s beautiful when there’s nobody in front,” pole-sitter Renger van der Zande said after completing his opening stints in Saturday’s 56th edition of “North America’s Most Prestigious Sports Car Race.”
van der Zande and the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. were […]

Castroneves Adjusting To Driving Under A Roof
Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 – 15:47 | Comments Off on Castroneves Adjusting To Driving Under A Roof
Castroneves Adjusting To Driving Under A Roof

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Helio Castroneves’ transition from Indy car superstar to admitted sports car novice will continue at full-bore this weekend, when the affable Brazilian and Acura Team Penske compete in the 56th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Castroneves missed qualifying on-pole Thursday for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship […]

‘Interesting Feelings’ Greet Stallings On Return To The Rolex 24
Friday, Jan 26, 2018 – 16:03 | One Comment
‘Interesting Feelings’ Greet Stallings On Return To The Rolex 24

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
(Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of reports from the Rolex 24 At Daytona on the return of Dallas businessman/racer Bob Stallings and GAINSCO Auto Insurance to Prototype sports car racing.)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Long before he drove through the Eisenhower-era tunnel funneling traffic into the infield […]

New Look WTR Earns Pole At Rolex 24
Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 – 21:10 | Comments Off on New Look WTR Earns Pole At Rolex 24
New Look WTR Earns Pole At Rolex 24

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ricky Who?
Renger Van Der Zande, the “only new piece” on Konica Minolta Cadillac’s reigning IMSA Prototype Champions, cranked-out a last-lap flyer Thursday afternoon to claim Prototype pole-position for the 56th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona in a sensational debut as Ricky Taylor’s replacement.
Van Der Zande joined […]

New Aero Kits Addressed At IndyCar Address
Monday, Jan 22, 2018 – 18:35 | Comments Off on New Aero Kits Addressed At IndyCar Address
New Aero Kits Addressed At IndyCar Address

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With its new-for-2018 universal chassis serving as backdrop/prop, INDYCAR executive Mark Miles recently delivered what amounted to a “State of the Sport” address covering the Verizon IndyCar Series and its constituents.
Miles _ CEO of Hulman & Company, parent of sanctioning body INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway _ spoke during last […]

NASCAR Hall Of Fame Inducts Class Of ’18
Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 – 9:13 | Comments Off on NASCAR Hall Of Fame Inducts Class Of ’18
NASCAR Hall Of Fame Inducts Class Of ’18

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A class of five inductees, including dedicated engine-builder Robert Yates, was enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night during ceremonies conducted in the Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center.
Yates, Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ken Squier make up 2018’s ninth class of […]

Englishtown Strip Getting Out Of Drag Racing Business
Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 – 8:43 | Comments Off on Englishtown Strip Getting Out Of Drag Racing Business
Englishtown Strip Getting Out Of Drag Racing Business

Hot fun in the summertime won’t sound or smell like old times in Englishtown, N.J., in 2018.
Family-owned Old Bridge Township Raceway Park has informed National Hot Rod Association officials the facility will not stage either quarter-mile or eighth-mile drag racing this season, immediately dropping the 49th annual NHRA Summernationals from the Mello Yello Drag Racing […]