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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

IndyCar And Sonoma Split; Laguna On Board
Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 – 18:55 | Comments Off on IndyCar And Sonoma Split; Laguna On Board
IndyCar And Sonoma Split; Laguna On Board

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The Verizon IndyCar Series will change California zip codes for its season-ending race beginning in 2019.
Sanctioning body INDYCAR and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca have confirmed that the historic Northern California road-course with Indy car roots will return to the schedule in 2019.
The three-year agreement, approved Tuesday by the Monterey County […]

Harding Replaces Chaves With Daly In Toronto
Friday, Jul 13, 2018 – 16:49 | Comments Off on Harding Replaces Chaves With Daly In Toronto
Harding Replaces Chaves With Daly In Toronto

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
American Conor Daly will contest Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto for Harding Racing, temporarily relegating Colombian Gabby Chaves to the role of spectator.
The team fronted by former INDYCAR executive Brian Barnhart and owned by Indianapolis businessman Mike Harding is in the midst of its first full season after competing in three […]

No. 2 Haas F1 Driver Magnussen Is On The Rise
Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 – 7:09 | Comments Off on No. 2 Haas F1 Driver Magnussen Is On The Rise
No. 2 Haas F1 Driver Magnussen Is On The Rise

American-owned Haas F1 Team will mark its milestone 50th grand prix start Sunday in Spielberg, Austria, in the midst of a balance-of-power makeover that has seen Kevin Magnussen clearly distance himself from teammate and de facto lead driver Romain Grosjean.
Magnussen added to his breakout season Sunday with a sixth-place finish in the French Grand […]

Newgarden Is Fastest Friday At Road America
Saturday, Jun 23, 2018 – 7:25 | Comments Off on Newgarden Is Fastest Friday At Road America
Newgarden Is Fastest Friday At Road America

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden reminded his Verizon IndyCar Series peers Friday that his bid for a second consecutive driver’s championship is alive and well, leading both practices on the opening day of the Kohler Grand Prix weekend at Road America.
Newgarden recorded the day’s fastest lap during the second session around the historic permanent road course […]

Book Tells Story Of ‘Craziest Devil’ Villeneuve
Friday, Jun 22, 2018 – 8:46 | Comments Off on Book Tells Story Of ‘Craziest Devil’ Villeneuve
Book Tells Story Of ‘Craziest Devil’ Villeneuve

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Memories of favorite native son Gilles Villeneuve annually are rekindled during Formula One’s Canadian Grand Prix, contested on the circuit in Montreal that bears his name.
How appropriate it was then that Sebastian Vettel punctuated his 50th career F1 victory in Canada on June 10 with a […]

DSR Dominates Nitro Action In Thunder Valley
Monday, Jun 18, 2018 – 8:02 | Comments Off on DSR Dominates Nitro Action In Thunder Valley
DSR Dominates Nitro Action In Thunder Valley

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Don Schumacher Racing celebrated Father’s Day by sweeping NHRA’s two nitro classes during the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
Tony Schumacher, son of the “Donfather,” prevailed in Top Fuel and Ron Capps earned the Wally trophy in Funny Car Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway. It was the first […]

‘The Mongoose’ Provided Quiet In A Noisy Sport
Friday, Jun 15, 2018 – 7:15 | Comments Off on ‘The Mongoose’ Provided Quiet In A Noisy Sport
‘The Mongoose’ Provided Quiet In A Noisy Sport

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – The passing of drag racing legend Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen on Sunday reminded me of an interview I conducted with him at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, years after his barnstorming match-racing days against Don “The Snake” Prudhomme had taken their well-deserved place in NHRA history.
McEwen, […]

‘The Mongoose’ Helped Steer Drag Racing Into Mainstream
Thursday, Jun 14, 2018 – 11:19 | Comments Off on ‘The Mongoose’ Helped Steer Drag Racing Into Mainstream
‘The Mongoose’ Helped Steer Drag Racing Into Mainstream

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Legendary drag racer Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, whose rivalry with Don “The Snake” Prudhomme carried NHRA Championship Drag Racing into mainstream America via a series of toy cars, is being remembered this week as the sport’s first marketing visionary.
McEwen died Sunday, June 10, at the age of 81.
“Drag racing never […]

Ferrari’s Vettel Keeps Climbing With Win No. 50
Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 – 14:48 | Comments Off on Ferrari’s Vettel Keeps Climbing With Win No. 50
Ferrari’s Vettel Keeps Climbing With Win No. 50

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sebastian Vettel’s landmark 50th career Formula One victory in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix rekindled memories of revered native son Gilles Villeneuve on the race course that bears his name.
Vettel, of Scuderia Ferrari, won Round 7 of the 21-race FIA Formula One World Championship in convincing fashion over Mercedes driver Valtteri […]

Courtney Is The Most Forceful In Virginia
Monday, Jun 11, 2018 – 7:09 | Comments Off on Courtney Is The Most Forceful In Virginia
Courtney Is The Most Forceful In Virginia

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Courtney Force ran the table by every metric, and prevailed in a very memorable all-family final against father John Force, to capture the Funny Car championship of the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park.
The No. 1 qualifier, Courtney ran low E.T., top speed and won the race […]