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
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 […]
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. […]
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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 […]
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 […]
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud cracked the 190 mph barrier to punctuate Day 2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ preseason “Test in The West” at Phoenix International Raceway.
Castroneves earned P1 on the overall speed chart by touring the historic 1.022-mile oval in 19.2735-seconds/190.894 mph in his No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet during Saturday’s evening […]