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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

Penske’s Pagenaud Tests Best At Sonoma Raceway
Friday, Sep 15, 2017 – 7:43 | Comments Off on Penske’s Pagenaud Tests Best At Sonoma Raceway
Penske’s Pagenaud Tests Best At Sonoma Raceway

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud amped-up Team Penske’s intramural chase for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship Thursday, topping the combined practice sheet at the conclusion of an Open Test at Sonoma Raceway for Sunday’s season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The reigning event and series champion, Pagenaud emerged as the day’s overall leader […]

Racing World Salutes Driver/Ambassador Andretti
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 – 15:29 | Comments Off on Racing World Salutes Driver/Ambassador Andretti
Racing World Salutes Driver/Ambassador Andretti

CORNING, N.Y. – Mario Andretti’s American dream-of-a-life inside and outside of racing was recognized and honored recently with presentation of the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports by the International Motor Racing Research Center.
International racing stars, captains of the motorsports industry, local dignitaries, race fans and media gathered to honor the man […]

Team Liberty To Retreat After Missing The Countdown
Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 – 7:18 | Comments Off on Team Liberty To Retreat After Missing The Countdown
Team Liberty To Retreat After Missing The Countdown

John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Having failed to qualify for NHRA’s impending playoff season, Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey have opted to take time off from the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule to focus on their Pro Stock Motorcycle engine program.
NHRA’s six-race Countdown to the Championship postseason will begin with the 10th […]

Major Cup Stars In Need Of Big Nights At Richmond
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 – 16:53 | Comments Off on Major Cup Stars In Need Of Big Nights At Richmond
Major Cup Stars In Need Of Big Nights At Richmond

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale at Richmond Raceway Saturday night will determine the field of 16 championship contenders.
Having trouble deciphering who’s in/who’s out/who’s on the proverbial bubble? Here are the basics, courtesy of Info Manager.
The Federated Auto Parts 400 (7:30 p.m., EDT, NBC Sports Network and SiriusXM Radio and […]

Penske Quartet Tunes Up At Sonoma
Friday, Sep 8, 2017 – 16:25 | Comments Off on Penske Quartet Tunes Up At Sonoma
Penske Quartet Tunes Up At Sonoma

Verizon IndyCar Series championship-leader Josef Newgarden and Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power completed a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday in preparation for the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma set for Sept. 15-17.
The Penske foursome _ and four-time series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing _ are among seven […]

Brittany Force Headed To Funny Cars?
Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017 – 17:34 | Comments Off on Brittany Force Headed To Funny Cars?
Brittany Force Headed To Funny Cars?

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Top Fuel dragster regular Brittany Force completed a successful test in a new John Force Racing Funny Car Tuesday in what could be the prelude to a sponsor-driven NHRA career-change.
“We don’t know where we stand with sponsorships next year,” Brittany said in a team-issued release, “so it’s good to have […]

‘Big Go’ Win A Big Get For Top Fueler Torrence
Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017 – 7:25 | Comments Off on ‘Big Go’ Win A Big Get For Top Fueler Torrence
‘Big Go’ Win A Big Get For Top Fueler Torrence

By  John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Steve Torrence exited the world’s biggest drag race with championship-caliber confidence Monday after adding a victory in the Top Fuel final of the NHRA’s 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals to his Saturday win in the $100,000 Traxxas Nitro Shootout.
His victory over upset-minded, fellow-Texan Kebin Kinsley at “The Big Go’ […]

Rossi Seals New Deal With Victory At The Glen
Sunday, Sep 3, 2017 – 18:25 | Comments Off on Rossi Seals New Deal With Victory At The Glen
Rossi Seals New Deal With Victory At The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. _ Flashing the road-racing skills he honed in Europe, Californian Alexander Rossi completed a whirlwind weekend of career-altering breaking news with a workmanlike victory in Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.
Rossi’s second Verizon IndyCar Series victory, however, shared the headlines with a scrambled driver’s championship featuring Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon […]

IndyCar Has Harvey On Its Mind
Sunday, Sep 3, 2017 – 14:57 | Comments Off on IndyCar Has Harvey On Its Mind
IndyCar Has Harvey On Its Mind

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The INDYCAR and NASCAR communities are rallying this weekend in support of the victims of Hurricane Harvey in the Greater Houston and Southeast Texas areas.
Houston native A.J. Foyt Jr. and his Verizon IndyCar Series team spent part of Saturday at Watkins Glen International promoting their project […]

Rossi Soars To Pole At The Glen
Sunday, Sep 3, 2017 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Rossi Soars To Pole At The Glen
Rossi Soars To Pole At The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – New contract with Andretti Autosport in-hand and his right foot on the throttle, Alexander Rossi joined the ranks of Verizon IndyCar Series pole-winners Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International.
Rossi posted a last-lap flyer around the famed natural-terrain layout in his No. 98 Honda to claim the Verizon P1 Award for Sunday’s […]