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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

Texas Motorplex To Host Countdown Doubleheader
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 – 7:12 | Comments Off
Texas Motorplex To Host Countdown Doubleheader

ENNIS, Texas – Re-routed into the Lone Star State, NHRA’s problem-plagued Countdown to the Championship will resume at the Texas Motorplex Friday with a weekend schedule that leaves no room for error.
The 2014 opener of NHRA’s six-race playoff for its professional categories ended with a thud Sunday at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., near Charlotte. [...]

American Car Culture Lives On In Upstate N.Y.
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 – 8:03 | Comments Off
American Car Culture Lives On In Upstate N.Y.

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. – For many curious visitors, Mark Theobald’s hobby shop is the last business they expect to find in this sleepy, Central New York village.
“It’s a very common response,” said Theobald, owner and curator of Adirondack Motorbooks & Collectibles. “There’s only a couple of stores like this in [...]

Texas To Play Bigger Role In Countdown In 2015
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 – 6:37 | Comments Off
Texas To Play Bigger Role In Countdown In 2015

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Texas Motorplex will assume a more prominent role during NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs in 2015, when the 30th edition of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals will be contested Oct. 15-18.
The new date will move The Plex from its current Sept. 18-21 date as the second of sixth NHRA [...]

Haas To Team With Ferrari In 2016 F1 Launch
Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 – 7:16 | Comments Off
Haas To Team With Ferrari In 2016 F1 Launch

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
California businessman Gene Haas will launch his foray into the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2016 with Scuderia Ferrari as technical partner.
The most successful team in the history of Formula One, Scuderia Ferrari will provide Haas F1 Team with its power unit, gearbox and overall technical support. The multiyear [...]

Will Power Finally Gets His IndyCar Championship
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 – 7:00 | Comments Off
Will Power Finally Gets His IndyCar Championship

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Penske’s Will Power capped an often-frustrating 15-year trek that transported him from Toowoomba, Australia, to Southern California Saturday night with a “mega” ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 that secured his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Power, who entered the season’s 18th race at the 2-mile/D-shaped Auto Club Speedway in [...]

Team Orders Are Filed In Penske’s Waste Basket
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 – 8:15 | Comments Off
Team Orders Are Filed In Penske’s Waste Basket

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Barring on-track contact between the two – and that’s entirely possible –  Saturday night’s season-ending MAVTV 500 figures to be a free-for-all between Team Penske’s Will Power and Helio Castroneves.
“We’re not big on ‘team orders,’ ” Roger Penske said Friday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. “Obviously we’ll see what’s [...]

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 [...]