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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 To Go Dark At Texas Motor Speedway
Friday, Apr 8, 2016 – 20:47 | Comments Off on NASCAR To Go Dark At Texas Motor Speedway
NASCAR To Go Dark At Texas Motor Speedway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Martin Truex Jr. led a trio of Toyota drivers atop the speed chart during Friday evening’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Happy Hour” practice at Texas Motor Speedway.
Truex logged 51 laps with a top speed of 192.930 mph around TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile quadoval after qualifying third earlier […]

Danica: Walking On Track Was Not A Problem
Thursday, Apr 7, 2016 – 19:49 | One Comment
Danica: Walking On Track Was Not A Problem

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – A composed Danica Patrick continues to defend her in-the-moment behavior that drew a $20,000 fine and probation from NASCAR following a crash involving Kasey Kahne at Auto Club Speedway on March 20.
NASCAR slapped Partrick with the monetary hit after officials determined she violated safety rules when […]

Helio Wants IndyCar To Say Hello To Halo
Friday, Apr 1, 2016 – 9:28 | Comments Off on Helio Wants IndyCar To Say Hello To Halo
Helio Wants IndyCar To Say Hello To Halo

By John Sturbin|Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DALLAS – Helio is lobbying for a halo.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves says the next generation of Indy car needs to incorporate some type of “halo” or canopy in its design as a critical safety upgrade.
“My thought is we’ve got to do something _ whether it’s closed, whether it’s having […]

USA In F1: After ‘Win’, It’s On To Bahrain
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 – 14:37 | Comments Off on USA In F1: After ‘Win’, It’s On To Bahrain
USA In F1: After ‘Win’, It’s On To Bahrain

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
After a stunning, sixth-place point-finish in his team’s Formula One debut, perhaps it’s already time for Gene Haas to consider revising the graphics package on his No. 8 and No. 21 cars.
“There’s a new F1 team on the block and it’s an American F1 team, so we’re real proud of […]

Tasca III Back To Cockpit
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 – 19:37 | One Comment
Tasca III Back To Cockpit

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Bob Tasca III soon will be giving Ford fans another reason to follow NHRA Funny Car competition.
Tasca confirmed on Tuesday that he has secured sponsorship for a four-race schedule starting with the seventh annual NHRA 4Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., April 22-24.
“I’m thrilled to have NewAutoParts.com back […]

‘Haastralian’ GP Puts America Back In Game
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 – 12:32 | Comments Off on ‘Haastralian’ GP Puts America Back In Game
‘Haastralian’ GP Puts America Back In Game

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Gene Haas’ fledgling Formula One team will begin its race-day routine for Sunday’s 2016 season-opening Australian Grand Prix from the back of the grid _ a few seconds but perhaps years away from competing wheel-to-wheel with powerhouses Mercedes AMG and Scuderia Ferrari.
But at least Haas F1 Team has beaten Halley’s […]

Haas’ History-Making F1 Assault Has Launched
Friday, Mar 18, 2016 – 16:02 | Comments Off on Haas’ History-Making F1 Assault Has Launched
Haas’ History-Making F1 Assault Has Launched

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
With a combined 32 official practice laps in their laptops after Friday, Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez began preparing for knockout qualifying at the 2016 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
“We became an official Formula One team today (Friday),” said Grosjean, first driver hired by American businessman Gene […]

Doctors Give Power A Thumbs Up
Friday, Mar 18, 2016 – 7:15 | Comments Off on Doctors Give Power A Thumbs Up
Doctors Give Power A Thumbs Up

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Penske’s Will Power has been cleared for an immediate return to Verizon IndyCar Series competition after sitting out Sunday’s season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with symptoms of a mild concussion.
However, INDYCAR announced Wednesday that results of an extensive evaluation at the University of Miami Concussion Program […]

Jeff Burton To Be Enshrined In Texas
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 – 7:55 | Comments Off on Jeff Burton To Be Enshrined In Texas
Jeff Burton To Be Enshrined In Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – On an overcast spring Sunday when Texas Motor Speedway stumbled out of the gate, Jeff Burton emerged as an unlikely and popular feel-good story.
That was April 6, 1997, when the inaugural Interstate Batteries 500 went into the track’s record book as Burton’s first career Sprint Cup Series victory. With TMS […]

Richards Heads To Gainesville Hoping To Help
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Richards Heads To Gainesville Hoping To Help
Richards Heads To Gainesville Hoping To Help

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car driver Dave Richards will make his 2016 NHRA debut during the 47th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway this weekend, the first of 10 events under a unique sponsorship package with Prestige Corporate.
Richards’ Ford Shelby Mustang will be fully-funded by family friends Brian and Janie […]