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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

Heidfeld Penalty Gives da Costa Formula E Win
Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 – 8:42 | Comments Off
Heidfeld Penalty Gives da Costa Formula E Win

Nick Heidfeld’s pit-lane speeding violation with three laps to go gift-wrapped an improbable victory for Antonio Felix da Costa Saturday in the inaugural Buenos Aires ePrix, Round 4 of the fledgling FIA Formula E Championship.
Heidfeld, a veteran of 185 Formula One races, began the Formula E season on the wrong end of a last-corner, somersaulting [...]

Andretti All Charged Up About Going E Racing
Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 – 9:11 | Comments Off
Andretti All Charged Up About Going E Racing

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Marco Andretti will plug into the environmentally-conscious and socially-hip FIA Formula E Championship Saturday with his debut in the Buenos Aires ePrix.
Andretti will drive the No. 28 Spark-Renault SRT–01E for father Michael’s Andretti Formula E Team in the Argentine resort city, the first-year series’ fourth race and resumption of its 2014-15 season.
“I’ve [...]

Qatar Cuts Ties With Alan Johnson Racing
Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 – 8:59 | Comments Off
Qatar Cuts Ties With Alan Johnson Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA Top Fuel team-owner Alan Johnson admittedly was blindsided Monday when informed the Qatar Racing Club was terminating funding for all motorsports activities in North America.
The decision most prominently affects the two-car Al-Anabi Racing Team operated by Alan Johnson Racing. While the decision reportedly was made during the final days [...]

‘Red Dragon’ To Return To Track After 2014 Tragedy
Thursday, Dec 25, 2014 – 15:19 | 7 Comments
‘Red Dragon’ To Return To Track After 2014 Tragedy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dallas-based businessman Bob Stallings’ decision to return to racing in 2015 via the Pirelli World Challenge series went beyond the cold/hard corporate desire to “activate and develop brand awareness” for primary sponsor GAINSCO Auto Insurance.
Stallings and his championship-winning organization continue to deal emotionally with the aftermath of the devastating injuries [...]

Button, Alonso To Drive For McLaren In 2015
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 – 12:19 | Comments Off
Button, Alonso To Drive For McLaren In 2015

All the conjecture surrounding Jenson Button’s impending exit from McLaren and the FIA Formula One World Championship turned out to be complete rubbish.
Button will contest his sixth season with McLaren in 2015 alongside Fernando Alonso, who rejoins the team after five seasons with Scuderia Ferrari. The pairing of Alonso and Button _ who have won [...]

Harvick: Scary Change Of Scene Resulted In Title
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 – 19:11 | Comments Off
Harvick: Scary Change Of Scene Resulted In Title

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kevin Harvick says his journey from “scared-to-death” newcomer at Stewart-Haas Racing to 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was inspired – believe it or not – by a phrase popularized last summer by the U.S. World Cup Soccer team.
Harvick, crew chief Rodney Childers and teammates adopted the “I believe!” mantra [...]

Medlen Joins Prock At Don Schumacher Racing
Friday, Dec 5, 2014 – 16:29 | 4 Comments
Medlen Joins Prock At Don Schumacher Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
“Fast Jack” Beckman’s pursuit of a second NHRA Funny Car world championship will be led by crew chief Jimmy Prock and assistant John Medlen, the latest defection from the team of 16-time world champion John Force.
Medlen’s addition to Beckman’s lineup as Prock’s assistant at Don Schumacher Racing was announced Friday [...]

IndyCar Notes: Foyt Out Of Hospital After 25 Days
Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 – 17:39 | Comments Off
IndyCar Notes: Foyt Out Of Hospital After 25 Days

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Racing icon A.J. Foyt Jr. has been released from Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston and is recovering at home from recent triple bypass heart surgery.
Although his heart surgery on Nov. 12 was successful, Foyt developed serious complications with his lungs. He was kept on a ventilator for eight days [...]

Hamilton Sees Title As A Crowning Achievement
Monday, Nov 24, 2014 – 9:06 | Comments Off
Hamilton Sees Title As A Crowning Achievement

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On the day he described as “the greatest in my life,” Lewis Hamilton surmised that Her Majesty’s still a pretty nice girl.
“I’m more hoping that I get to go and see the Queen again!” Hamilton said Sunday after his victory in the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix clinched the [...]

Rosberg Hoping For Double Trouble In F1 Finale
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 – 0:12 | Comments Off
Rosberg Hoping For Double Trouble In F1 Finale

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As per Bernie Ecclestone’s script, Mercedes AMG teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will launch their bids for the 2014 Formula One World Driving Championship from the front row in Sunday’s season-ending Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
So, why was Valtteri Bottas fielding so many post-qualifying questions Saturday evening at [...]