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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

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 […]

‘Legend’ Not A Cliche When It Came To Dan Gurney
Monday, Jan 15, 2018 – 21:07 | Comments Off on ‘Legend’ Not A Cliche When It Came To Dan Gurney
‘Legend’ Not A Cliche When It Came To Dan Gurney

Dan Gurney, arguably the most versatile driver to buckle-up behind the steering wheel of a race car, has passed away.
Gurney _ who won races in NASCAR stock cars, Indy cars, Formula One cars and IMSA sports cars _ died Sunday from complications of pneumonia at age 86 in Newport Beach, Calif. Gurney was born on […]

New Cup Camaro Has The Looks Of A Winner
Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 – 9:54 | 3 Comments
New Cup Camaro Has The Looks Of A Winner

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Chase Elliott drew the honor of turning the first hot laps in the NASCAR Cup Series version of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway, and declared the car definitely has passed the eye test.
But Elliott acknowledged that Chevy’s newest Cup entry remains a work in progress.
“The […]

King Of England To Drive An IndyCar in 2018
Saturday, Jan 6, 2018 – 9:16 | Comments Off on King Of England To Drive An IndyCar in 2018
King Of England To Drive An IndyCar in 2018

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Armed with sage advice from Mark Blundell and Alexander Rossi, Englishman Jordan King’s open-wheel career has been steered from Formula One to the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning with the 2018 season.
Indianapolis-based Ed Carpenter Racing completed the lineup of the team’s No. 20 Chevrolet earlier this week with the addition […]

IndyCar’s Munoz Heads Back To His ‘Family’
Thursday, Dec 28, 2017 – 8:53 | Comments Off on IndyCar’s Munoz Heads Back To His ‘Family’
IndyCar’s Munoz Heads Back To His ‘Family’

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Declaring himself “twice-a-better-driver” after soldiering through the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, free-agent Carlos Munoz has rejoined Andretti Autosport for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Munoz, who drove for AJ Foyt Racing alongside Conor Daly last season, completes team-owner/CEO Michael Andretti’s six-car roster for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at the […]

The ‘Red Dragon’ Returning To IMSA
Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017 – 11:28 | Comments Off on The ‘Red Dragon’ Returning To IMSA
The ‘Red Dragon’ Returning To IMSA

A return to prototype competition with a team whose history mirrors that of GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing helped seal the partnership between JDC-Miller MotorSports and GAINSCO Auto Insurance beginning with the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Dallas-based GAINSCO will be the primary sponsor of the No. 99 Red Dragon ORECA/Gibson to be driven in the IMSA LMP2 […]

Pro Stock Icon Glidden Dies At 73
Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017 – 8:06 | Comments Off on Pro Stock Icon Glidden Dies At 73
Pro Stock Icon Glidden Dies At 73

Ten-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Bob Glidden, who singlehandedly carried the Ford banner for most of a 15-year period, died Sunday night. He was 73-years-old.
Glidden had battled heart issues since 1994, when he underwent six-way bypass surgery. His wife, Etta, and sons Billy and Rusty _ who worked on their father’s pit crew as youngsters […]

Kanaan Takes First Ride For The Foyt Team
Monday, Dec 18, 2017 – 8:00 | Comments Off on Kanaan Takes First Ride For The Foyt Team
Kanaan Takes First Ride For The Foyt Team

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Kanaan, the self-described “last man standing” in the Verizon IndyCar Series, has completed his first test with AJ Foyt Racing in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet he will drive during the 2018 season.
Kanaan, who joined Foyt’s Texas-based organization on Oct. 6, participated in the final day of testing […]

New IndyCar Team To Launch With Veteran Drivers
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 – 9:45 | Comments Off on New IndyCar Team To Launch With Veteran Drivers
New IndyCar Team To Launch With Veteran Drivers

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Admittedly still “learning the ropes” of American racing, British open-wheel powerhouse Carlin will graduate to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 when it fields fulltime entries for Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton.
Dumped by Chip Ganassi Racing after the 2017 season, native Californian Kimball and Brit Chilton will compete in Chevrolet-powered […]