Home » Archive by Author

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

Dixon Wins Pole, Shreds Track Record At Watkins Glen
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – 19:07 | Comments Off on Dixon Wins Pole, Shreds Track Record At Watkins Glen
Dixon Wins Pole, Shreds Track Record At Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Scott Dixon’s first Verizon IndyCar Series pole at Watkins Glen International was a run for the record book, on a Saturday when interference penalties and tire compound selection factored into knockout qualifying for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.
Continuing a run of dominance that covered all three practice sessions, Dixon […]

Rahal Talks About Monkeys, His Dad, His Future
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Rahal Talks About Monkeys, His Dad, His Future
Rahal Talks About Monkeys, His Dad, His Future

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Now that he has snapped a year-long Verizon IndyCar Series losing streak, Graham Rahal is in no particular hurry to exchange small talk with one of his team co-owners.
Nothing personal, but that guy is Bobby Rahal.
“To be honest, I really don’t hear from dad much anymore, you know?” Graham said through […]

New Surface Kicking Up Speeds At The Glen
Friday, Sep 2, 2016 – 19:13 | Comments Off on New Surface Kicking Up Speeds At The Glen
New Surface Kicking Up Speeds At The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – A complete rewrite of the Verizon IndyCar Series record book looms Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International, where a repaving of the historic road-course provided breathtaking speeds during practice for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.  
The track’s Indy car qualifying record was set by […]

DeJoria To Make Her Return At U.S. Nationals
Thursday, Sep 1, 2016 – 7:11 | Comments Off on DeJoria To Make Her Return At U.S. Nationals
DeJoria To Make Her Return At U.S. Nationals

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria has received medical clearance from her team doctors and NHRA’s medical staff to return to competition this weekend for the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
DeJoria sat out the last two NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events due to a pelvic fracture suffered during […]

Rahal Pulls Out Dramatic Win At ‘The Resumption’
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 – 8:19 | Comments Off on Rahal Pulls Out Dramatic Win At ‘The Resumption’
Rahal Pulls Out Dramatic Win At ‘The Resumption’

Three-wide, four-wide and with sparks flying, Graham Rahal won the 20th annual Firestone 600 (The Resumption) Verizon IndyCar Series race Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway after leading the equivalent of two football fields.
Rahal completed a dramatic, last-lap pass of leader James Hinchcliffe to win by a miniscule 0.0080-seconds _ the closest race in Texas […]

Free Agent Newgarden Uncertain About Future
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 – 8:05 | Comments Off on Free Agent Newgarden Uncertain About Future
Free Agent Newgarden Uncertain About Future

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Relegated to the role of reluctant spectator, Josef Newgarden will meet-and-greet fans attending Saturday night’s Firestone 600 (The Resumption) at Texas Motor Speedway before watching his already slim Verizon IndyCar Series championship hopes fade into the late-summer darkness.
It’s a scenario that has amped-up speculation about Newgarden’s future at Ed Carpenter […]

Gateway Race: IndyCar Series Returning To St. Louis
Friday, Aug 26, 2016 – 8:32 | Comments Off on Gateway Race: IndyCar Series Returning To St. Louis
Gateway Race: IndyCar Series Returning To St. Louis

A return to Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis for a night race after a 13-year absence, and a multiyear agreement with historic Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, highlight the “16-plus-one” Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for 2017.
Stressing continuity, the calendar released Thursday in St. Louis includes a return of all venues on the 2016 schedule and […]

IndyCar Notes: Newgarden Still Feeling Under Handed
Monday, Aug 22, 2016 – 7:16 | Comments Off on IndyCar Notes: Newgarden Still Feeling Under Handed
IndyCar Notes: Newgarden Still Feeling Under Handed

If Josef Newgarden greets you with an awkward left-handed shake, don’t take it personally. The rising Verizon IndyCar Series star still is feeling the pain of the broken right hand he suffered during a crash at Texas Motor Speedway last month.
“Everyone thought my (broken) clavicle was going to be a problem. I got plated […]

History, Pavement On Driver Minds At The Glen
Monday, Aug 15, 2016 – 17:54 | Comments Off on History, Pavement On Driver Minds At The Glen
History, Pavement On Driver Minds At The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Rising Verizon IndyCar Series star Josef Newgarden says mechanical grip will be a major player when open-wheel racing returns to historic Watkins Glen International after a six-year absence for next month’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.
Newgarden, of Ed Carpenter Racing, was among series regulars participating […]

The Glen Race Even Made The ‘First Loser’ Smile
Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 – 8:02 | Comments Off on The Glen Race Even Made The ‘First Loser’ Smile
The Glen Race Even Made The ‘First Loser’ Smile

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Joey Logano consoled himself with a second-place finish after Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at The Glen through a smile that confirmed nobody _ certainly not backache-ridden race-winner Denny Hamlin _ had more of a blast during the season’s final “full-contact” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-race.
“Typical Watkins […]