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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

Hamilton Reigns In Rain In Austrian Qualifying
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 – 16:06 | Comments Off on Hamilton Reigns In Rain In Austrian Qualifying
Hamilton Reigns In Rain In Austrian Qualifying

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG will start Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix from pole position after a dramatic wet/dry qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.
Hamilton turned a hot lap of 1 minute, 07.922-seconds around the 2.688-mile/4.326-kilometer/nine-turn Red Bull Ring to beat Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg […]

Details Of Rescheduled TMS Race Announced
Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 – 17:03 | Comments Off on Details Of Rescheduled TMS Race Announced
Details Of Rescheduled TMS Race Announced

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway has formalized its “Restart Your Engines” schedule and ticket guidelines for completion of the rain-delayed Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series night race set for Saturday, Aug. 27.
The 20th edition of “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” initially was postponed on Saturday, June 11, and […]

Rahal Tops Gremlins, Charts At Road America
Saturday, Jun 25, 2016 – 7:27 | Comments Off on Rahal Tops Gremlins, Charts At Road America
Rahal Tops Gremlins, Charts At Road America

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Graham Rahal and his team overcame a bizarre electrical gremlin _ one that indicated his No. 15 Honda did not exist _ during Friday’s opening practice session at Road America to eventually claim P1 following a full day of hot-lapping for the Verizon IndyCar Series event.
Rahal posted the overall fastest […]

Newgarden Cleared For Road America
Friday, Jun 24, 2016 – 7:52 | Comments Off on Newgarden Cleared For Road America
Newgarden Cleared For Road America

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden will return to his office Friday, less than two weeks after riding out a grinding crash at Texas Motor Speedway.
Newgarden was cleared Thursday to participate in Friday’s practice activity for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Newgarden will be re-evaluated following practice […]

The Repaved Glen Will Test Driver Fitness
Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 – 7:06 | Comments Off on The Repaved Glen Will Test Driver Fitness
The Repaved Glen Will Test Driver Fitness

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A day of testing for Firestone Racing at Watkins Glen International left James Hinchcliffe pondering more than tire compounds for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to the historic road-course over Labor Day weekend.
“Definitely will be hitting the weight room before we get here,” said Hinchcliffe, who shared tire-testing duties with […]

Porsche Happy To Pick Up ‘Incomprehensible’ Win
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 – 16:29 | Comments Off on Porsche Happy To Pick Up ‘Incomprehensible’ Win
Porsche Happy To Pick Up ‘Incomprehensible’ Win

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This is what the 24 Hours of Le Mans means in the pecking order of world motorsport. Moments before the start of Sunday’s press conference following the FIA Formula One Grand Prix of Europe, Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari tossed out the first inquiry to a roomful of media.
“Question to […]

Top Merc: Rosberg Refuses To Roll Over
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 – 7:10 | Comments Off on Top Merc: Rosberg Refuses To Roll Over
Top Merc: Rosberg Refuses To Roll Over

Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg re-asserted control of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship Sunday with a victory in the Grand Prix of Europe that left nothing to debate.
Rosberg qualified on-pole, set the fastest race lap (1 minute, 46.485-seconds on Lap 48) and led all 51 laps/190 miles en route to a 16.696-second victory over […]

Dixon Set For ‘European Version of Indy 500’
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 – 7:42 | Comments Off on Dixon Set For ‘European Version of Indy 500’
Dixon Set For ‘European Version of Indy 500’

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Open-wheel star Scott Dixon will embellish his world-class racing resume this weekend as a first-time participant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Less than a month after competing in the 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500, Dixon is part of a four-car team marking the Ford GT’s historic victory at […]

Echo Of ‘The Slap’ Still Reverberates At TMS
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016 – 17:13 | Comments Off on Echo Of ‘The Slap’ Still Reverberates At TMS
Echo Of ‘The Slap’ Still Reverberates At TMS

FORT WORTH, Texas – The slap that put Texas Motor Speedway smack-dab on the motorsports map continues to sting _ continues to stir hardened emotions _ two decades after the dizzying array of events surrounding the night of Saturday, June 7, 1997.
The True Value 500k, the inaugural open-wheel event at TMS, crowned Billy Boat and […]

Scary Crash, Rain Slam Texas; IndyCar Race Postponed Until August
Sunday, Jun 12, 2016 – 16:45 | Comments Off on Scary Crash, Rain Slam Texas; IndyCar Race Postponed Until August
Scary Crash, Rain Slam Texas; IndyCar Race Postponed Until August

FORT WORTH, Texas – Frustrated by back-to-back days of intermittent-to-sideways rain showers and one grinding crash, INDYCAR and Texas Motor Speedway officials relented Sunday afternoon and pulled the plug on the Firestone 600 for 75 days.
The 20th edition of “America’s Original Nighttime IndyCar Race” will be run on Saturday, Aug. 27, as a one-day event […]