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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

F1’s Ericsson To Drive For IndyCar’s Schmidt Peterson
Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 – 7:56 | No Comment
F1’s Ericsson To Drive For IndyCar’s Schmidt Peterson

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has signed Formula One veteran Marcus Ericsson to drive its No. 7 Honda during the 2019 IndyCar Series season.
A 28-year-old native of Sweden, Ericsson will be teamed with Canadian James Hinchcliffe and his No. 5 Honda.
Ericsson will replace Canadian Robert Wickens, the 2018 series rookie who confirmed last week that he is […]

Hamilton Reflects On World Championship No. 5
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 – 14:24 | No Comment
Hamilton Reflects On World Championship No. 5

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lewis Hamilton added his name and credentials to Formula One’s “Greatest of All Time” conversation Sunday, when the Mercedes AMG Petronas ace secured his fifth World Driving Championship in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Hamilton joined F1 icons Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina and Michael Schumacher of Germany after a fourth-place finish […]

Torrence Claims 2018 Top Fuel Championship
Monday, Oct 29, 2018 – 7:55 | Comments Off on Torrence Claims 2018 Top Fuel Championship
Torrence Claims 2018 Top Fuel Championship

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Now that he is a first-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion, Steve Torrence is determined to complete a relentless pursuit of personal perfection.
Three hundred-and-fifty days after enduring the biggest disappointment of his drag racing career, Torrence secured the 2018 Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship Sunday at The Strip at Las […]

Big Butner Move; Field Set In Las Vegas
Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 – 8:33 | Comments Off on Big Butner Move; Field Set In Las Vegas
Big Butner Move; Field Set In Las Vegas

Bo knows about shifting gears and Bo knows when to change careers.
The 2017 NHRA Pro Stock world champion, Bo Butner will exit the “Factory Hot Rod” ranks at season’s end to prepare for a full-time return to his Sportsman racing roots in 2019.
A multi-time NHRA division champion and Competition Eliminator world champ, Butner will race […]

Beckman Makes Most of His Run In The Sun
Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 – 8:28 | Comments Off on Beckman Makes Most of His Run In The Sun
Beckman Makes Most of His Run In The Sun

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“Fast” Jack Beckman adapted to a very non-traditional Friday qualifying schedule to take the provisional lead in Funny Car after the opening two rounds of time trials for the 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 
The 2012 world champion for Don Schumacher Racing, Beckman covered the 1,000-foot distance in […]

Sad, Sad News On Wickens
Friday, Oct 26, 2018 – 20:07 | Comments Off on Sad, Sad News On Wickens
Sad, Sad News On Wickens

Canadian Robert Wickens, injured in a violent multiple-car IndyCar Series crash at Pocono Raceway in August, has confirmed he is paralyzed from the waist down.
A 29-year-old native of Toronto, Wickens updated his condition Thursday night on Instagram, accompanied by a video of him using his arms to slide off a rehabilitation table into a […]

Castroneves Set To Climb Into Texas Hall of Fame
Thursday, Oct 25, 2018 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Castroneves Set To Climb Into Texas Hall of Fame
Castroneves Set To Climb Into Texas Hall of Fame

FORT WORTH, Texas – His open-wheel fence-climbing days at Texas Motor Speedway complete, Helio Castroneves will step into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame next month.
Castroneves will become the 21st member of the TMHOF during induction ceremonies at The Speedway Club’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 3. The winningest INDYCAR driver in TMS history, Castroneves […]

Raikkonen Rocks Austin, Slows Hamilton
Monday, Oct 22, 2018 – 8:15 | Comments Off on Raikkonen Rocks Austin, Slows Hamilton
Raikkonen Rocks Austin, Slows Hamilton

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
How ‘bout that Kimster!
Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen scored his first Formula One victory since 2013 and prevented Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes from securing his fifth World Driving Championship Sunday with an inspired drive during the seventh annual Pirelli United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
His second tenure with Ferrari drawing […]

Haas Drivers Set For USGP
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 – 11:46 | Comments Off on Haas Drivers Set For USGP
Haas Drivers Set For USGP

American-owned Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen qualified eighth and 12th, respectively, Saturday for the seventh edition of the Pirelli United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.
Qualifying on-pole was championship point-leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes. The Brit’s fast lap of 1-minute, 32.237-seconds set a track qualifying record […]

Harvick Has A Swinging Time In Texas
Friday, Oct 19, 2018 – 11:08 | Comments Off on Harvick Has A Swinging Time In Texas
Harvick Has A Swinging Time In Texas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ALLEN, Texas – Kevin Harvick’s winless Playoff season hasn’t affected his determination to win a second NASCAR Cup Series championship, his opinion of racing against Kyle Busch or his golf game.
“There’s never a bad day when you can put a golf club in your hand,” Harvick said Thursday during a […]