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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

Courtney Force Tames Wild Horse With Record Run
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 – 8:39 | Comments Off on Courtney Force Tames Wild Horse With Record Run
Courtney Force Tames Wild Horse With Record Run

Courtney Force rode a track-record elapsed-time performance to the provisional Funny Car pole Friday during qualifying for the 32nd annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Chandler, Ariz.
Force led the Funny Car field with a Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park 1,000-foot record ET of 3.930-seconds at 323.97 mph. Meanwhile, Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Bo […]

Haas Wraps Up First Test Session
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 – 17:49 | Comments Off on Haas Wraps Up First Test Session
Haas Wraps Up First Test Session

Haas F1 Team completed its historic, four-day preseason testing debut Thursday with Esteban Gutierrez running a race simulation and live pit stop practices at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Spain.
Gutierrez completed 89 laps/257.21-miles/414.29-kilometers in his No. 21 VF-16 and its Ferrari 061 turbo V-6 powerplant. The American-based team, which made its testing debut Monday, […]

Haas’ Grosjean Second Fastest Wednesday In Spain
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 – 18:15 | Comments Off on Haas’ Grosjean Second Fastest Wednesday In Spain
Haas’ Grosjean Second Fastest Wednesday In Spain

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Racing Today.com
Romain Grosjean added to Haas F1 Team’s lap-count and data bank during the third day of preseason testing Wednesday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Spain.
Grosjean logged 82 laps around the 2.89-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn circuit during his second stint in the No. 8 VF-16 and its Ferrari 061 turbo V-6 […]

Haas’ Gutierrez Cracks Top 6 In Testing In Spain
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 – 19:26 | Comments Off on Haas’ Gutierrez Cracks Top 6 In Testing In Spain
Haas’ Gutierrez Cracks Top 6 In Testing In Spain

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Esteban Gutierrez methodically advanced up the timing chart during his preseason testing debut for Haas F1 Team Tuesday, logging 79 laps around Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Spain en route to a sixth-place overall result.
Gutierrez’s trouble-free run in the No. 21 VF-16, powered by the Ferrari 061 turbo V-6, […]

F1 Vet Rossi Joins Andretti IndyCar Stable
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 – 18:11 | Comments Off on F1 Vet Rossi Joins Andretti IndyCar Stable
F1 Vet Rossi Joins Andretti IndyCar Stable

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alexander Rossi’s Formula One aspirations officially have been placed on-hold. The last American to compete in F1, Rossi was introduced Tuesday as Andretti Autosport’s fourth driver for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The 24-year-old Californian will drive the No. 98 Honda, following a merger last week with Bryan Herta […]

America’s Haas F1 Team Takes To The Track
Monday, Feb 22, 2016 – 18:00 | Comments Off on America’s Haas F1 Team Takes To The Track
America’s Haas F1 Team Takes To The Track

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
Racing Today.com
Haas F1 Team recorded its historic first laps “in anger” Monday during preseason testing at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, Spain, where Romain Grosjean logged a total of 31 laps in the VF-16 after the team dealt with its first parts failure.
After a physical unveil of the No. 8 VF-16 at […]

Capps Pummels Field In Pomona
Monday, Feb 15, 2016 – 8:06 | Comments Off on Capps Pummels Field In Pomona
Capps Pummels Field In Pomona

A native and resident of Southern California, Ron Capps’ appreciation for the aura surrounding the NHRA’s historic Winternationals in Pomona runs deep.
“This is the most fabled track we go to and it’s the birthplace of drag racing; it’s unbelievable to win here,” Capps said after his Funny Car victory in Sunday’s 56th edition of the […]

‘Fast Jack’ Gets Off To Faster Start In 2016
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 – 8:10 | Comments Off on ‘Fast Jack’ Gets Off To Faster Start In 2016
‘Fast Jack’ Gets Off To Faster Start In 2016

Jack Beckman began the 2015 NHRA schedule as a spectator after failing to qualify his Funny Car for the season-opening Circle K Winternationals. Flipping the calendar ahead one year, “Fast Jack” will chase victory Sunday in the 56th edition of the prestigious event from P1 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.
Beckman rallied to post […]

2016 NHRA Season Begins With Lots Of Newness
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 – 9:15 | Comments Off on 2016 NHRA Season Begins With Lots Of Newness
2016 NHRA Season Begins With Lots Of Newness

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA’s revised Pro Stock rules package gave Greg Anderson a new perspective on his “Factory Hot Rod” the first time he rolled into the staging lanes during preseason testing for the 2016 season.
“I said to myself, ‘Did they move the ‘Christmas Tree’ back 20 feet at the track? Is somebody […]

Vickers Subs For Injured Stewart
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 – 9:04 | Comments Off on Vickers Subs For Injured Stewart
Vickers Subs For Injured Stewart

Stewart-Haas Racing has named Brian Vickers interim driver of its No. 14 Chevrolet SS for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events during 2016 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
Vickers replaces three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart, whose final season will begin on the sidelines after suffering a fracture in his back in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
Vickers has […]