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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

American Rossi To Make F1 Debut
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 – 7:34 | Comments Off on American Rossi To Make F1 Debut
American Rossi To Make F1 Debut

Alexander Rossi’s overdue Formula One debut was of the baby-step variety Friday, as the American logged a combined 27 laps during two practices for the Singapore Airlines Grand Prix after crashing-out of the first session.
Manor Marussia F1 Team announced Wednesday from its headquarters in Banbury, U.K., that it had signed the native of Auburn, Calif., […]

A Course In History: IMRRC At The Glen Is Gold
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 – 12:05 | Comments Off on A Course In History: IMRRC At The Glen Is Gold
A Course In History: IMRRC At The Glen Is Gold

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The streets of this sleepy Upstate New York village will reverberate with the roar of engines beginning Friday, as the 22nd annual Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival celebrates “the day they stopped the trains” for the first post-World War II road-race in the United States.
That was […]

NHRA Releases 2016 Schedule; Fate Of Topeka In Limbo
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015 – 15:18 | Comments Off on NHRA Releases 2016 Schedule; Fate Of Topeka In Limbo
NHRA Releases 2016 Schedule; Fate Of Topeka In Limbo

A 23-race national event tour – with a return to Heartland Park Topeka pending – constitutes the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.  
NHRA officials currently are talking with the new ownership group at Heartland Park Topeka, and a 24th race could be added to the 2016 schedule pending the outcome of those […]

U.S. Nationals Slog To A Halt On Opening Day
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 – 7:41 | Comments Off on U.S. Nationals Slog To A Halt On Opening Day
U.S. Nationals Slog To A Halt On Opening Day

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to cancel Friday’s professional qualifying session at the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg, Ind., near Indianapolis.
Rain started as qualifying for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series began and continued into the night. Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Redell Harris was the only […]

Dixon Rakes It In At IndyCar Awards Banquet
Thursday, Sep 3, 2015 – 13:27 | Comments Off on Dixon Rakes It In At IndyCar Awards Banquet
Dixon Rakes It In At IndyCar Awards Banquet

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scott Dixon added a $1-million bonus check to his post-season SWAG haul during the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in downtown San Francisco.
Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, won the 2015 crown in a tiebreaker with Juan Pablo Montoya of Team Penske after a […]

Championship Puts Dixon On Indy Cars’ Top Shelf
Monday, Aug 31, 2015 – 8:21 | Comments Off on Championship Puts Dixon On Indy Cars’ Top Shelf
Championship Puts Dixon On Indy Cars’ Top Shelf

Enigmatic team-owner Chip Ganassi once famously observed that he would hire a Martian to drive one of his race cars if he thought said alien could “push the button.”
Martians licensed to drive an open-wheel race car were in short supply four events into the 2002 Championship Auto Racing Teams season, when native New Zealander Scott […]

Schumacher Hires alBalooshi After Booting Massey
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 – 12:48 | Comments Off on Schumacher Hires alBalooshi After Booting Massey
Schumacher Hires alBalooshi After Booting Massey

Team-owner Don Schumacher has hired Khalid alBalooshi to begin driving the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Top Fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing beginning Friday during drag racing’s marquee event, the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis.
alBalooshi, a resident of Los Angeles and citizen of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, replaces Spencer Massey for […]

Penske’s Power On Pole For IndyCar Season Finale
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015 – 7:40 | Comments Off on Penske’s Power On Pole For IndyCar Season Finale
Penske’s Power On Pole For IndyCar Season Finale

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power reset his year-old track record during Saturday’s Firestone Fast Six to earn the Verizon P1 Award and pace four of six championship contenders starting on the first three rows for the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Power, driver of the No. 1 Verizon […]

Stewart Responds To Ward Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 – 8:02 | Comments Off on Stewart Responds To Ward Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Stewart Responds To Ward Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart contends he did not see Kevin Ward Jr. walking toward his Sprint Car until seconds before the 20-year-old was struck and fatally injured during an on-track accident in Upstate New York last summer.
Stewart’s response to the wrongful death lawsuit brought earlier this month by Ward’s parents was filed Friday by attorney […]

Hyundai Edition Of Red Dragon Ready To Roll
Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 – 8:31 | Comments Off on Hyundai Edition Of Red Dragon Ready To Roll
Hyundai Edition Of Red Dragon Ready To Roll

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Armed with a real-time appreciation for what it takes to homologate a Hyundai, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing will make its sedan-style debut in the Pirelli World Challenge at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.
The first iteration of the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance/Bob Stallings Hyundai Genesis Coupe “Red Dragon” owned by Dallas businessman/racer […]