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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

American Rossi Suddenly Has Two Jobs
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 – 18:02 | Comments Off on American Rossi Suddenly Has Two Jobs
American Rossi Suddenly Has Two Jobs

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Alexander Rossi suddenly is a man in demand. The last American to compete in Formula One has been signed by Manor Racing as its official reserve driver for the 2016 FIA F1 World Championship.
Wednesday’s announcement comes a little over two weeks after Rossi was introduced as Andretti Autosport’s fourth driver […]

Haas F1 Turns Attention To Australia
Friday, Mar 4, 2016 – 18:32 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Turns Attention To Australia
Haas F1 Turns Attention To Australia

Haas F1 Team closed its inaugural preseason testing schedule Friday by opting to divide-and-conquer, with teammates Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez combining to turn 91 laps around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
With official practice for the 2016 season-opening Australian Grand Prix now two weeks away, Grosjean and Gutierrez logged the organization’s highest single-day lap-count […]

Haas F1 Needs Brake In Barcelona
Thursday, Mar 3, 2016 – 16:57 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Needs Brake In Barcelona
Haas F1 Needs Brake In Barcelona

The penultimate day of preseason testing for Haas F1 Team saw Romain Grosjean record the first “offs” in the VF-16 during a combined 78 laps around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
After teammate Esteban Gutierrez struggled through two problem-plagued days of testing that produced only 24 combined laps, Grosjean logged 225.61-miles/363.09-kilometers around the 2.89-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn circuit […]

Mechanical Bugs Bite Haas In Barcelona
Thursday, Mar 3, 2016 – 8:16 | Comments Off on Mechanical Bugs Bite Haas In Barcelona
Mechanical Bugs Bite Haas In Barcelona

Haas F1 Team’s second round of preseason testing continued to be problem-plagued Wednesday, when “an anomaly” with the turbocharger on the No. 21 VF-16 limited Esteban Gutierrez to a single installation lap around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
Wednesday’s frustration came on the heels of a Tuesday practice limited to 23 laps by Gutierrez due to […]

Pritchett Wins Historic Matchup With Force
Monday, Feb 29, 2016 – 8:39 | Comments Off on Pritchett Wins Historic Matchup With Force
Pritchett Wins Historic Matchup With Force

Leah Pritchett defeated Brittany Force in the first all-female Top Fuel final in over 30 years to record her first national event victory Sunday at the 32nd annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
“It’s the happiest day of my life, besides getting married of course,” Pritchett said after her historic victory at Wild Horse Pass […]

Penske Drivers Best At ‘Test In The West’
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 – 10:06 | Comments Off on Penske Drivers Best At ‘Test In The West’
Penske Drivers Best At ‘Test In The West’

Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud cracked the 190 mph barrier to punctuate Day 2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ preseason “Test in The West” at Phoenix International Raceway.
Castroneves earned P1 on the overall speed chart by touring the historic 1.022-mile oval in 19.2735-seconds/190.894 mph in his No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet during Saturday’s evening […]

Courtney Force Tames Wild Horse With Record Run
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 – 8:39 | Comments Off on Courtney Force Tames Wild Horse With Record Run
Courtney Force Tames Wild Horse With Record Run

Courtney Force rode a track-record elapsed-time performance to the provisional Funny Car pole Friday during qualifying for the 32nd annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Chandler, Ariz.
Force led the Funny Car field with a Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park 1,000-foot record ET of 3.930-seconds at 323.97 mph. Meanwhile, Antron Brown (Top Fuel) and Bo […]

Haas Wraps Up First Test Session
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 – 17:49 | Comments Off on Haas Wraps Up First Test Session
Haas Wraps Up First Test Session

Haas F1 Team completed its historic, four-day preseason testing debut Thursday with Esteban Gutierrez running a race simulation and live pit stop practices at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Spain.
Gutierrez completed 89 laps/257.21-miles/414.29-kilometers in his No. 21 VF-16 and its Ferrari 061 turbo V-6 powerplant. The American-based team, which made its testing debut Monday, […]

Haas’ Grosjean Second Fastest Wednesday In Spain
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 – 18:15 | Comments Off on Haas’ Grosjean Second Fastest Wednesday In Spain
Haas’ Grosjean Second Fastest Wednesday In Spain

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Racing Today.com
Romain Grosjean added to Haas F1 Team’s lap-count and data bank during the third day of preseason testing Wednesday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Spain.
Grosjean logged 82 laps around the 2.89-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn circuit during his second stint in the No. 8 VF-16 and its Ferrari 061 turbo V-6 […]

Haas’ Gutierrez Cracks Top 6 In Testing In Spain
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2016 – 19:26 | Comments Off on Haas’ Gutierrez Cracks Top 6 In Testing In Spain
Haas’ Gutierrez Cracks Top 6 In Testing In Spain

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Esteban Gutierrez methodically advanced up the timing chart during his preseason testing debut for Haas F1 Team Tuesday, logging 79 laps around Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya in Spain en route to a sixth-place overall result.
Gutierrez’s trouble-free run in the No. 21 VF-16, powered by the Ferrari 061 turbo V-6, […]