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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

Custer All Pomped Up At Texas
Friday, Jun 10, 2016 – 17:19 | Comments Off on Custer All Pomped Up At Texas
Custer All Pomped Up At Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – A day late and perhaps an adult beverage or two short, Cole Custer will graduate from Tesoro High School Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway.
Custer’s walk across the pre-race stage for the 20th annual Rattlesnake 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday evening definitely will be different. While his classmates at Tesoro […]

Abreu Getting Championship Training
Friday, Jun 10, 2016 – 8:01 | Comments Off on Abreu Getting Championship Training
Abreu Getting Championship Training

FORT WORTH, Texas – In the person of ThorSport Racing teammate Matt Crafton, Rico Abreu may have an unfair advantage in his bid for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors.
Crafton is a two-time NCWTS champion and an ace on high-banked, 1.5-mile quadovals like Texas Motor Speedway, site of Friday night’s 20th […]

Dixon Still Pushing Right Button For Ganassi
Friday, Jun 10, 2016 – 7:12 | Comments Off on Dixon Still Pushing Right Button For Ganassi
Dixon Still Pushing Right Button For Ganassi

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Team-owner Chip Ganassi once famously remarked that he would hire a Martian to drive any of his race cars if he/she/it could “push the button.”
That’s exactly what Scott Dixon _ proud citizen of New Zealand, Mother Earth _ has been doing for 15 stellar seasons at […]

Christopher Bell Is Living His Texas-Size Dream
Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 – 17:03 | Comments Off on Christopher Bell Is Living His Texas-Size Dream
Christopher Bell Is Living His Texas-Size Dream

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – By the time he had determined that driving race cars was what he wanted to do “for a job,” Christopher Bell was familiar with every gas stop and greasy spoon dotting Interstate 35 heading south from his Norman, Okla., hometown. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex typically was […]

Corvettes Showing Off Muscle As Le Mans Nears
Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016 – 8:36 | 2 Comments
Corvettes Showing Off Muscle As Le Mans Nears

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The countdown to the world’s most prestigious endurance race is on fast-forward. Corvette Racing paced the United States-based contingent completing Sunday’s annual Le Mans Test Day, a critical lead-in to the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18-19.
The list of 60 cars and complete driver […]

Bourdais Takes Round 1 In Detroit
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 – 18:58 | Comments Off on Bourdais Takes Round 1 In Detroit
Bourdais Takes Round 1 In Detroit

Sebastien Bourdais and his KVSH Racing team played a pair of key pit stop gambles into the winning hand during Saturday’s first race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, making history in the process.
A four-time Champ Car driver’s champion, Bourdais won by 2.0401-seconds over rookie Conor Daly in the 70-lap race on the 2.35-mile temporary […]

100 Reasons It’s The Greatest Spectacle In Racing
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 14:18 | Comments Off on 100 Reasons It’s The Greatest Spectacle In Racing
100 Reasons It’s The Greatest Spectacle In Racing

By John Sturbin Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS _ The first book I ever took out of the public library in my hometown was a history of the Indianapolis 500. And one of these days, I might bring it back.
Surely, the statute of limitations has expired.
Growing up in an era when the Indy 500 was available on Race […]

Indy 500 Winner Rossi Toasted By His Sport
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 6:59 | Comments Off on Indy 500 Winner Rossi Toasted By His Sport
Indy 500 Winner Rossi Toasted By His Sport

INDIANAPOLIS _ The winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 politely answers to either Alex or Alexander, is a gym rat, skips breakfast and doesn’t watch much TV.
Those were some of the probing questions Alexander Rossi fielded Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the morning after his stunning victory in Sunday’s centennial edition […]

Jilted In F1, Rossi Drives To P1 At Indianapolis
Monday, May 30, 2016 – 7:58 | Comments Off on Jilted In F1, Rossi Drives To P1 At Indianapolis
Jilted In F1, Rossi Drives To P1 At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Andretti says he knew exactly what he was getting when he added Alexander Rossi to his Verizon IndyCar Series driver lineup during the winter offseason.
“He was our hot, young American prospect to be in Formula One. He finally achieved his goal last year, which was awesome,” Andretti […]

Race Day Notes: A.J. Returns To 500’s Starting Grid
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 8:12 | Comments Off on Race Day Notes: A.J. Returns To 500’s Starting Grid
Race Day Notes: A.J. Returns To 500’s Starting Grid

INDIANAPOLIS – Hide the computers and wrenches along pit road. Open-wheel icon A.J. Foyt Jr. is returning to the grid for the start of Sunday’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Foyt, 81, began the Month of May with this lament: “Wish I was still driving, but I don’t know if I could pass the physical.”
Not […]