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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

Gator Guy Savoie Eyes GatorNats Championship
Sunday, Mar 19, 2017 – 9:22 | Comments Off on Gator Guy Savoie Eyes GatorNats Championship
Gator Guy Savoie Eyes GatorNats Championship

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
In Jerry Savoie’s work-a-day world, straddling his 58-year-old body over the tank of a Pro Stock Motorcycle at speeds approaching 200 mph qualifies as borderline mundane. That’s because Savoie’s other profession _ alligator farmer _ might be viewed as borderline insane.
One of drag racing’s bona fide characters, Savoie will launch […]

Force Racing Shuffles Crews
Friday, Mar 17, 2017 – 8:39 | Comments Off on Force Racing Shuffles Crews
Force Racing Shuffles Crews

Drag racing icon John Force has orchestrated an early-season shakeup of two of his three Funny Car teams heading into this weekend’s 48th annual NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
In what rates as the latest layer of intrigue surrounding the relationship between Force and prodigal crew chief Jimmy Prock, “Brute” Force and John Force Racing President […]

Texas Motor Speedway Unveils Monster Revamping
Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 – 14:31 | Comments Off on Texas Motor Speedway Unveils Monster Revamping
Texas Motor Speedway Unveils Monster Revamping

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Long after the pyrotechnics marking the unveiling of Texas Motor Speedway’s repaved and re-profiled layout had settled Monday afternoon, the Texas Tire Monster continued upon its appointed rounds through Turns 1 and 2…and Turns 3 and 4. And on-and-on.
The Monster’s mission? To rubber-in and mimmick the […]

Pagenaud Sweating The Details In Drive To Repeat
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 – 8:20 | Comments Off on Pagenaud Sweating The Details In Drive To Repeat
Pagenaud Sweating The Details In Drive To Repeat

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud will attempt to repeat as Verizon IndyCar Series champion in 2017 via an excruciating attention to detail that began during the long open-wheel offseason.
Pagenaud and the braintrust of his newly re-numbered No. 1 Team Penske Chevrolet reviewed their 2016 season searching not only for the highlights of a […]

Dixon Sets Pace In St. Pete
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 – 13:11 | Comments Off on Dixon Sets Pace In St. Pete
Dixon Sets Pace In St. Pete

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Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon handed Honda Opening Day bragging rights at the close of practice Friday for the 14th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, set the pace on the 1.8-mile/14-turn temporary clockwise street course that includes the Florida city’s downtown and a runway of Albert […]

Testing Ends On A High For Haas F1
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 – 9:44 | Comments Off on Testing Ends On A High For Haas F1
Testing Ends On A High For Haas F1

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean spent some unexpected time at the beach in Spain Friday before recording his quickest lap of the FIA’s two-week Formula One World Championship preseason testing schedule at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Grosjean’s quickest time on the last day of testing around the 2.892-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn layout was a 1-minute, […]

Haas F1 Picks Up Pace In Barcelona
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 – 9:39 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Picks Up Pace In Barcelona
Haas F1 Picks Up Pace In Barcelona

Kevin Magnussen posted his quickest time of preseason testing and raised the Haas F1 Team single-session laps-completed record during Thursday’s outing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Magnussen racked up 119 laps/344.205 miles/553.945 kilometers around the 2.892-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn layout in Spain during his final preseason test in the No. 20 Haas VF-17.  Magnussen re-set the team’s single-day lap tally, […]

Haas F1 Has ‘Good Day’ In Testing
Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 – 9:55 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Has ‘Good Day’ In Testing
Haas F1 Has ‘Good Day’ In Testing

Haas F1 Team lead driver Romain Grosjean systematically worked through a variety of baseline setup configurations Wednesday when he returned to preseason testing for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Grosjean compiled 96 laps/277.678 miles/446.88 kilometers in his No. 8 Haas VF-17 around the 2.892-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn layout in Spain during a session […]

SMI Shuffles Race Lineup; Vegas Gets Second Date
Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 – 9:01 | Comments Off on SMI Shuffles Race Lineup; Vegas Gets Second Date
SMI Shuffles Race Lineup; Vegas Gets Second Date

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Las Vegas Motor Speedway has secured a coveted second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend for the 2018 season and beyond via an intramural “realignment” affecting two other facilities in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc., empire.
SMI President/CEO Marcus Smith made the announcement during a news conference with Las Vegas Convention and […]

Magnussen Returns As F1 Testing Resumes
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 – 8:45 | Comments Off on Magnussen Returns As F1 Testing Resumes
Magnussen Returns As F1 Testing Resumes

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Haas F1 Team newcomer Kevin Magnussen kicked-off the second and final week of preseason testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Tuesday by turning a combined 81 laps on a day when veteran Felipe Massa topped the time sheet.
Massa, whose retirement plans abruptly ended in mid-January, posted a lap in 1 minute, […]