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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

Brasilia Withdrawal Shakes Up IndyCar’s Season-Opening Plans
Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 – 9:26 | Comments Off on Brasilia Withdrawal Shakes Up IndyCar’s Season-Opening Plans
Brasilia Withdrawal Shakes Up IndyCar’s Season-Opening Plans

INDYCAR officials are exploring options to save the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 2015 season-opening weekend in the aftermath of an unexpected cancellation of the scheduled March 6-8 event in Brasilia, Brazil.
The Indianapolis-based sanctioning body was blindsided Thursday when BAND, promoter of the race scheduled for the 3.4-mile Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet road-course, pulled the plug on […]

Jilted Johnson Unveils 2015 Top Fuel Plans
Friday, Jan 30, 2015 – 8:33 | Comments Off on Jilted Johnson Unveils 2015 Top Fuel Plans
Jilted Johnson Unveils 2015 Top Fuel Plans

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alan Johnson Racing will open the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season next week with a single Top Fuel entry for former world champion Shawn Langdon at the 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
AJR’s future was placed in jeopardy on Jan. 5, when the Qatar […]

New Bow Tie Looks Good On Force And NHRA
Monday, Jan 19, 2015 – 9:33 | 5 Comments
New Bow Tie Looks Good On Force And NHRA

Drag racing’s self-described “P.T. Barnum on the road at 300 mph” donned a Gold Bowtie, waved his barker’s cane and reiterated that you better believe this show will go on.
Translation: John Force and his family-centric racing organization have entered into a multi-year manufacturer’s partnership with Chevrolet beginning with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag […]

Gordon Closes Out Dakar Rally With Victory In Final Stage
Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 – 8:24 | 2 Comments
Gordon Closes Out Dakar Rally With Victory In Final Stage

Robby Gordon reinforced his standing as the most accomplished American driver in Dakar Rally history Saturday, closing the event’s 37th annual edition with a victory in Stage 13.
Gordon posted his 10th career stage win during a trek from Rosario to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. A steady rain shortened the stage from its […]

Al-Attiyah Closes In On Dakar Rally Championship
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 – 8:37 | Comments Off on Al-Attiyah Closes In On Dakar Rally Championship
Al-Attiyah Closes In On Dakar Rally Championship

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Now it can be told. Nasser Al-Attiyah’s methodical march to what will be his second Dakar Rally championship on Saturday has been inspired by a simmering, year-old failure.
Al-Attiyah, of Qatar, posted a fourth-place result during Stage 12 of the 37th annual Dakar on Friday to extend his overall lead to […]

A.J. Foyt Turns 80; Still Thinking About 500
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 – 8:23 | Comments Off on A.J. Foyt Turns 80; Still Thinking About 500
A.J. Foyt Turns 80; Still Thinking About 500

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Larry Foyt says the hardest part about celebrating his father’s birthday is trying to find a gift for “the man who has everything.”
As his personal odometer rolled over to 80 on Friday, Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr. now also has the promise –the blessing – of health, courtesy of triple bypass […]

Crash Slows Gordon In Dakar Rally
Friday, Jan 16, 2015 – 8:39 | Comments Off on Crash Slows Gordon In Dakar Rally
Crash Slows Gordon In Dakar Rally

Robby Gordon’s determination to complete the 37th annual Dakar Rally never was more evident than during Stage 11 on Thursday, when the Californian and navigator Johnny Campbell rode-out a high-speed crash en route to a 13th-place finish.
While the impact stopped the No. 308 HST Gordini in its tracks, neither Gordon nor Campbell was injured.
“You OK, […]

Force Racing To Clip On Bow Ties
Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 – 15:46 | One Comment
Force Racing To Clip On Bow Ties

John Force Racing and Chevrolet have signed a multi-year manufacturer’s agreement that will see the “Gold Bowtie” brand backing the 18-time NHRA Funny Car championship-winning organization starting with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Announced Thursday during a national teleconference, JFR’s deal with General Motors covers the Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Cars […]

Roma Rolls, Gordon Posts Top-10 In Stage 9
Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 – 8:11 | Comments Off on Roma Rolls, Gordon Posts Top-10 In Stage 9
Roma Rolls, Gordon Posts Top-10 In Stage 9

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning Dakar Rally champion Nani Roma returned to his title-winning form of a year ago Tuesday with an impressive victory over the driver who would be his successor in Stage 9 of the 37th annual off-road marathon.
Roma and navigator Michel Perin distanced their Mini from overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah during […]

‘Big’ Bill France May Have Saved the ‘Vette Marque
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 – 9:16 | One Comment
‘Big’ Bill France May Have Saved the ‘Vette Marque

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A 1953 Corvette Roadster with a little-known NASCAR pedigree and 60-plus years of provenance will cross the bidding block Saturday night as a bona fide budget-buster of the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lot No. 5054, bearing VIN No. E53F001211, is the earliest-known Corvette race car. Billed as […]