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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

Torrence Blows Through Gateway
Monday, Oct 2, 2017 – 7:15 | Comments Off on Torrence Blows Through Gateway
Torrence Blows Through Gateway

Steve Torrence could not stop his Top Fuel dragster Friday at Gateway Motorsports Park.  No competitor could stop Torrence on Sunday, as the Texan ended up parked in Victory Circle after the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill.
Torrence defeated Doug Kalitta in a final round decided by just 0.008-seconds at the […]

KB Doing OK At St. Lou
Sunday, Oct 1, 2017 – 8:29 | Comments Off on KB Doing OK At St. Lou
KB Doing OK At St. Lou

Four-time Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson led a 1-2-3 sweep for Ken Black Racing as qualifying concluded Saturday for the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.
Anderson, who claimed his 91st career pole, was joined by teammates Bo Butner and Jason Line in the second and third […]

Haas’ Grosjean Wrecks And Rallies At Sepang
Friday, Sep 29, 2017 – 15:56 | Comments Off on Haas’ Grosjean Wrecks And Rallies At Sepang
Haas’ Grosjean Wrecks And Rallies At Sepang

 
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean rallied to qualify Saturday after a massive crash _ caused by a loose drain cover _ during Friday’s second free practice for what is being billed as the final Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix.
Grosjean’s accident capped a difficult Friday for the American-owned team on […]

Newgarden Rolling In Awesomeness
Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 – 7:02 | Comments Off on Newgarden Rolling In Awesomeness
Newgarden Rolling In Awesomeness

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Josef Newgarden became the youngest Indy car champion in more than a decade earlier this month, capping one of the most competitive Verizon IndyCar Series seasons in history.
Ten different drivers won during the 17-race season, with seven drivers still mathematically alive for the championship heading into the season-ending GoPro Grand […]

Capps Wins The Grove; Back On Top In Funny Cars
Monday, Sep 25, 2017 – 7:03 | Comments Off on Capps Wins The Grove; Back On Top In Funny Cars
Capps Wins The Grove; Back On Top In Funny Cars

Reigning world champion Ron Capps reclaimed the NHRA Funny Car point-lead Sunday with a playoff victory at Maple Grove Raceway that neatly fit his definition of that’s amore!
Capps powered past Courtney Force in the final of the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals to claim his first win at the facility in Reading, Pa., retaking the […]

Hight Adds Onto His Records
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 – 8:13 | Comments Off on Hight Adds Onto His Records
Hight Adds Onto His Records

John Force Racing’s Robert Hight rewrote both ends of the track record to power into the provisional qualifying lead Friday evening during the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.
Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also earned provisional poles in their […]

Ganassi Trimming His IndyCar Program
Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 – 7:52 | Comments Off on Ganassi Trimming His IndyCar Program
Ganassi Trimming His IndyCar Program

Eleven-time open-wheel champion Chip Ganassi Racing will contest the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season as a two-car team, with only Scott Dixon returning from the organization’s recent four-car lineup.
Team-owner Chip Ganassi confirmed the anticipated downsizing in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. Dixon, a four-time series champion, will remain in the No. 9 Dallara/Honda following […]

Sato To Drive Second Rahal Letterman Car In ’18
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 – 8:15 | Comments Off on Sato To Drive Second Rahal Letterman Car In ’18
Sato To Drive Second Rahal Letterman Car In ’18

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato will contest the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, where he will answer Graham Rahal’s long-running plea for a fulltime Honda teammate.
Sato drove for RLLR in 2012, a season highlighted by his wheel-banging, final-lap Indianapolis 500 duel with eventual race-winner […]

Penske Drivers Win Race, Championship At Sonoma
Monday, Sep 18, 2017 – 7:27 | Comments Off on Penske Drivers Win Race, Championship At Sonoma
Penske Drivers Win Race, Championship At Sonoma

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Penske Perfection put an almost-predictable wrap on Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. While Simon Pagenaud won the Verizon IndyCar Series 2017 season-finale, teammate Josef Newgarden finished second to secure the championship for domestic open-wheel racing’s most successful organization.
Pagenaud, the 2016 series champion, out-hustled Newgarden to the finish line by 1.0986-seconds to […]

Sunday May Be Castroneves’ Last Shot At Title
Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 – 13:02 | Comments Off on Sunday May Be Castroneves’ Last Shot At Title
Sunday May Be Castroneves’ Last Shot At Title

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The list of his Team Penske running mates to have won various Indy car drivers championships is a trivia question that cannot stump Helio Castroneves.
“(Gil) De Ferran, (Sam) Hornish Jr., (Will) Power, (Simon) Pagenaud,” said Castroneves, clicking-off the title-winning names from the solitude of a Team Penske motorhome during a […]