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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

USGP Notes: Three-Car F1 Teams Being Pondered
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 – 6:45 | Comments Off
USGP Notes: Three-Car F1 Teams Being Pondered

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – A common fixture in NASCAR and INDYCAR-sanctioned racing, the idea of three-car Formula One teams is gaining limited traction as the governing FIA looks to fill vacant grid spots created by a pair of teams sidelined via budget woes.
The financially strapped Marussia and Caterham F1 teams are [...]

Reduced Grid To Start U.S. Grand Prix At COTA
Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 – 6:57 | Comments Off
Reduced Grid To Start U.S. Grand Prix At COTA

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The financially strapped Marussia and Caterham Formula One teams will sit-out this weekend’s third annual United States Grand Prix, reducing the starting grid at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, from 22 to 18 cars.
Already reeling from the life-threatening head injuries suffered by Frenchman Jules Bianchi during the Japanese [...]

Prock And Force Split In Middle Of Countdown
Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 – 17:05 | One Comment
Prock And Force Split In Middle Of Countdown

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA Funny Car icon John Force accepted the resignation of crew chief Jimmy Prock on Wednesday, accelerating an exit process Prock was targeting for the end of the Countdown to the Championship next month.
On Thursday, Don Schumacher Racing announced it had hired Prock for a position yet to be determined, [...]

Keselowski Vow: I Will Not Be ‘Run Out Of The Sport’
Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 – 8:04 | Comments Off
Keselowski Vow: I Will Not Be ‘Run Out Of The Sport’

FORT WORTH, Texas – Brad Keselowski will continue his pursuit of a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with team-owner Roger Penske’s blessing to be his own Bad Self.
Keselowski qualified for the eight-driver Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a dramatic victory in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Needing a [...]

‘Texas Terry’ To Drive Off Into Sunset At Talladega
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 – 7:27 | Comments Off
‘Texas Terry’ To Drive Off Into Sunset At Talladega

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR champion Terry Labonte will bookend a stellar Sprint Cup Series career that began at Darlington Raceway in 1978 with his 890th and (really) final start in today’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Through NASCAR’s evolution from regional curiosity to national obsession, “Texas Terry” has remained unflappable and largely underappreciated during [...]

Formula One Drivers Have Texas, Title, Bianchi On Their Minds
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 – 8:16 | One Comment
Formula One Drivers Have Texas, Title, Bianchi On Their Minds

As Formula One’s globetrotting tour prepares for its lone visit to the United States, Lewis Hamilton’s march to a second World Driving Championship continues to be tempered by Jules Bianchi’s fight for life.
Hamilton’s victory in Sunday’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix extended his lead over Mercedes AMG teammate Nico Rosberg to 17 points en route [...]

Hinchcliffe Exits Andretti, Moves To Schmidt Peterson
Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 – 7:05 | Comments Off
Hinchcliffe Exits Andretti, Moves To Schmidt Peterson

The “Mayor of Hinchtown” is changing his email and snail-mail addresses.
James Hinchcliffe, a three-time Verizon IndyCar Series race-winner, has exited Andretti Autosport and signed a multi-year contract with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports beginning with the 2015 season.
Hinchcliffe will drive the No. 77 Dallara/Honda vacated by Simon Pagenaud, who was introduced as Team Penske’s fourth fulltime driver [...]

F1’s Bianchi Sustains Major Head Injury At Japan GP
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 – 19:44 | Comments Off
F1’s Bianchi Sustains Major Head Injury At Japan GP

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Marussia F1 driver Jules Bianchi underwent surgery for a severe head injury Sunday after colliding with a recovery vehicle on Lap 43 of the rain-plagued Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.
Bianchi, 25, was unconscious but breathing unaided when taken to Suzuka’s medical center before being transferred by ambulance to Mie General [...]

Vettel Bolting Red Bull; To Land At Ferrari?
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 – 13:01 | Comments Off
Vettel Bolting Red Bull; To Land At Ferrari?

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Four-time/reigning Formula One World Driving Champion Sebastian Vettel will exit Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the end of the 2014 season, with Scuderia Ferrari rumored as the German’s next destination.
Vettel, who joined Red Bull in 2009 and has won 38 grand prixs and four consecutive titles with a team [...]

Connolly Is Cooking In The Countdown
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 – 7:10 | Comments Off
Connolly Is Cooking In The Countdown

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Back-to-back victories have propelled Dave Connolly into the forefront of NHRA’s Pro Stock championship conversation, and the ace tuner-turned-driver suddenly has plenty to say.
“I can’t say enough about the Gray Motorsports team and organization, from Day One that it was assembled,” said Connolly, referring to a Chevy Camaro stable featuring [...]