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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

RLL Stands Behind Sato After Widespread Critcism
Friday, Aug 23, 2019 – 12:50 | Comments Off on RLL Stands Behind Sato After Widespread Critcism
RLL Stands Behind Sato After Widespread Critcism

IndyCar team owner Bobby Rahal is standing behind driver Takuma Sato in the wake of last Sunday’s race in Pocono. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has rallied to the defense of NTT IndyCar Series veteran Takuma Sato in the aftermath of an opening-lap crash during last Sunday’s […]

Power Victorious On A Bizarre Day At Pocono
Monday, Aug 19, 2019 – 8:13 | Comments Off on Power Victorious On A Bizarre Day At Pocono
Power Victorious On A Bizarre Day At Pocono

Will Power got his first victory of the season on Sunday. It came on a crazy day at Pocono. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

LONG POND, Pa. – In the often-surreal world that defines open-wheel competition at Pocono Raceway, the Media Center became Victory Lane and vice versa as torrential rain forced […]

Championship Runs, Pocono’s Fate Up For IndyCar Grabs
Sunday, Aug 18, 2019 – 11:54 | Comments Off on Championship Runs, Pocono’s Fate Up For IndyCar Grabs
Championship Runs, Pocono’s Fate Up For IndyCar Grabs

IndyCar’s run at Pocono Raceway may be coming to an end. (RacinToday photo by Martha Fairris)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

LONG POND, Pa. _ While 10 drivers remain mathematically eligible for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship, Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 will showcase open-wheel racing’s version of the Final Four.

And as an intriguing subplot, riddle […]

Sam Schmidt Gets ‘The Ultimate’ From McLaren
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 – 17:25 | Comments Off on Sam Schmidt Gets ‘The Ultimate’ From McLaren
Sam Schmidt Gets ‘The Ultimate’ From McLaren

IndyCar team owner Sam Schmidt is now in the McLaren camp. It’s time to perform, he says.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

His stone-cold determination to compete at the highest level of domestic open-wheel racing has made Sam Schmidt a respected and beloved figure in the NTT IndyCar Series paddock. 

Schmidt’s commitment to the sport that paralyzed […]

McLaren To Return Full Time To IndyCar Series
Friday, Aug 9, 2019 – 17:18 | Comments Off on McLaren To Return Full Time To IndyCar Series
McLaren To Return Full Time To IndyCar Series

McLaren will put “papaya orange” Indy cars back on track on a full time basis next season. (File photo courtesy of McLaren Racing)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Determined to erase the memory of Fernando Alonso’s failed bid to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500, McLaren Racing will field a full time program in the NTT […]

Cindric Living His Dream, If Not His Father’s
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 – 8:08 | Comments Off on Cindric Living His Dream, If Not His Father’s
Cindric Living His Dream, If Not His Father’s

Austin Cindric celebrated his first victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Swept up in the hoopla surrounding his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, Austin Cindric had yet to phone his father as he met the media for his post-race presser.

As […]

History, Elliott Repeat Themselves At The Glen
Monday, Aug 5, 2019 – 8:10 | Comments Off on History, Elliott Repeat Themselves At The Glen
History, Elliott Repeat Themselves At The Glen

Chase Elliott emerged victorious for a second straight year at Watkins Glen. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – There’s a new King of the Road at Watkins Glen International, and the guy who finished second here Sunday afternoon qualifies as NASCAR road-racing royalty, too.

Chase Elliott and Martin […]

Questions Of New, Old Encircle Jimmie At The Glen
Sunday, Aug 4, 2019 – 7:40 | Comments Off on Questions Of New, Old Encircle Jimmie At The Glen
Questions Of New, Old Encircle Jimmie At The Glen

Will a new crew chief bring back the old Jimmie Johnson on Sunday at Watkins Glen? (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin/Senior WriterRacinToday.com

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. _ Winless in over two years and in danger of missing the 2019 NASCAR Cup Playoffs, Jimmie Johnson will race at Watkins Glen International today with a new crew […]

Elliott Returns To The Scene Of The First Time
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 – 18:27 | Comments Off on Elliott Returns To The Scene Of The First Time
Elliott Returns To The Scene Of The First Time

Chase Elliott has some great memories of the Watkins Glen International road course. He won his first Cup race there. He will start Sunday’s race from the pole. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Andrew Coppley)

By John Sturbin/Senior WriterRacinToday.com

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. _ Chase Elliott fondly recalls those hot summer days of his innocent youth, tagging along with […]

Briscoe Didn’t Flip Out After First Xfinity Win
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 – 8:15 | Comments Off on Briscoe Didn’t Flip Out After First Xfinity Win
Briscoe Didn’t Flip Out After First Xfinity Win

Chase Briscoe finally got to spray some champagne after winning at Iowa. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

By John Sturbin/Senior WriterRacinToday.com

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – One week removed from his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of 2019, Chase Briscoe was talking about signature celebratory moments.

“What I remember is Carl Edwards doing the back flip,” said Briscoe, whose […]