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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

Team Merger Has Newgarden Jacked Up About 2015
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 – 19:09 | Comments Off
Team Merger Has Newgarden Jacked Up About 2015

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The open-wheel merger between Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing will feature Josef Newgarden for at least the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Newgarden, 23, will continue to drive the No. 67 Dallara fielded by SFHR next season with the rebadged CFH Racing organization, a deal which includes [...]

Late Deal Aborts Rossi’s F1 Debut
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 – 16:06 | Comments Off
Late Deal Aborts Rossi’s F1 Debut

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
American Alexander Rossi’s Formula One debut weekend with Marussia began and ended with Free Practice 1 for the Shell Belgian Grand Prix Friday, after the team hurriedly resolved its contract issue with Max Chilton.
Marussia reinstated Chilton for Round 12 of the FIA World Championship at Spa-Francorchamps one day after announcing [...]

American Rossi Set To Make Formula One Debut
Friday, Aug 22, 2014 – 7:21 | Comments Off
American Rossi Set To Make Formula One Debut

A seven-year drought by American drivers competing in Formula One will end during the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, when native Californian Alexander Rossi will make his debut with Marussia F1 Team in place of Max Chilton.
Rossi, who joined the British-based team as a reserve driver on July 24, is subbing for Chilton while unspecified [...]

Carpenter, Fisher Hartman Teams Announce IndyCar Merger
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 – 12:58 | Comments Off
Carpenter, Fisher Hartman Teams Announce IndyCar Merger

Team-owners Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher will merge their current single-car organizations into the Verizon IndyCar Series’ newest multi-car entry _CFH Racing _ beginning in 2015.
The merger between Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, both based in Indianapolis, officially will take place during the offseason. CFH Racing will be headquartered at the current [...]

Hight On Provisional Pole At Brainerd
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 – 6:49 | Comments Off
Hight On Provisional Pole At Brainerd

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car point-leader Robert Hight began chipping away at a 10-year run of frustration at Brainerd International Raceway Friday, racing to the provisional pole during the opening day of qualifications for the 33rd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals.
Hight never has been No. 1 qualifier at the Minnesota facility, one of [...]

D4D Grad Wallace Is ‘Racing His Heart Out’
Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 – 7:20 | Comments Off
D4D Grad Wallace Is ‘Racing His Heart Out’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
As “Poster Boy” for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative, Darrell Wallace Jr. ideally is portrayed as all things to all people all of the time.
That’s a heavy lift for a 20-year-old in an America where the daily news/social media cycle can range, culturally, from President Barack Obama to Donald Sterling [...]

‘Great Schumi’ Leaves Hospital
Monday, Jun 16, 2014 – 20:55 | Comments Off
‘Great Schumi’ Leaves Hospital

Nearly six months after suffering a life-threatening head injury in a skiing accident, retired Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher no longer is in a medically induced coma and has left the French hospital where he was being treated.
A statement issued by Schumacher’s family and manager on Monday indicated the seven-time F1 World Driving [...]

Nemechek And Team Are Making A Small Comeback
Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 – 11:09 | 2 Comments
Nemechek And Team Are Making A Small Comeback

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH – The story of SWM-NEMCO Motorsports goes well beyond Joe Nemechek’s third-place NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend.
But for a fledgling organization featuring “Front Row Joe,” teen-aged son John Hunter and a team-owner living-in-the-moment, that’s the perfect place to start.
“It’s really good [...]

Carpenter Hammers Out Big Win In Fort Worth
Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 – 0:52 | Comments Off
Carpenter Hammers Out Big Win In Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas – Owner/driver Ed Carpenter added the title “winner” to his 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series resume Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, holding off an inspired Will Power in what amounted to an unintentional green-white-checkered flag finish to the Firestone 600.
“I’ve loved this racetrack for a long time but had a lot of [...]

Crafton Gets Breakthrough Truck Series Win At Texas
Friday, Jun 6, 2014 – 23:44 | Comments Off
Crafton Gets Breakthrough Truck Series Win At Texas

By John Sturbin
NASCAR Wire Service
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Matt Crafton put a definitive end to his 13-year/26-race winless streak at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night, steamrolling the field while stretching his fuel mileage en route to a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the 18th annual WinStar World Casino 400.
Crafton and crew chief Carl [...]