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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

Force Racing To Clip On Bow Ties
Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 – 15:46 | One Comment
Force Racing To Clip On Bow Ties

John Force Racing and Chevrolet have signed a multi-year manufacturer’s agreement that will see the “Gold Bowtie” brand backing the 18-time NHRA Funny Car championship-winning organization starting with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Announced Thursday during a national teleconference, JFR’s deal with General Motors covers the Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Cars [...]

Roma Rolls, Gordon Posts Top-10 In Stage 9
Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015 – 8:11 | Comments Off
Roma Rolls, Gordon Posts Top-10 In Stage 9

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Reigning Dakar Rally champion Nani Roma returned to his title-winning form of a year ago Tuesday with an impressive victory over the driver who would be his successor in Stage 9 of the 37th annual off-road marathon.
Roma and navigator Michel Perin distanced their Mini from overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah during [...]

‘Big’ Bill France May Have Saved the ‘Vette Marque
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 – 9:16 | One Comment
‘Big’ Bill France May Have Saved the ‘Vette Marque

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A 1953 Corvette Roadster with a little-known NASCAR pedigree and 60-plus years of provenance will cross the bidding block Saturday night as a bona fide budget-buster of the annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lot No. 5054, bearing VIN No. E53F001211, is the earliest-known Corvette race car. Billed as [...]

Stage Victory Becomes Gordon’s Goal In Dakar Rally
Monday, Jan 12, 2015 – 8:17 | Comments Off
Stage Victory Becomes Gordon’s Goal In Dakar Rally

Their goal of an overall victory trashed after one week, Robby Gordon and Johnny Campbell logged a 43rd-place finish during Stage 8 of the 37th annual Dakar Rally Sunday after opting to adopt a conservative strategy that was compounded by an oil pressure issue.
Seventy-six competitors started the 805-kilometer return trip from Uyuni, Bolivia, to [...]

Top Midget Drivers Hungering For Chili Bowl Championship
Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 – 21:27 | Comments Off
Top Midget Drivers Hungering For Chili Bowl Championship

The Vacuworx Invitational Race of Champions – a 20-lap shootout among some of the best drivers to have competed in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire – will highlight Warren Cat Qualifying Night on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Tulsa, Okla.
VIROC VII will be run prior to the B-Features on [...]

Heidfeld Penalty Gives da Costa Formula E Win
Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 – 8:42 | Comments Off
Heidfeld Penalty Gives da Costa Formula E Win

Nick Heidfeld’s pit-lane speeding violation with three laps to go gift-wrapped an improbable victory for Antonio Felix da Costa Saturday in the inaugural Buenos Aires ePrix, Round 4 of the fledgling FIA Formula E Championship.
Heidfeld, a veteran of 185 Formula One races, began the Formula E season on the wrong end of a last-corner, somersaulting [...]

Andretti All Charged Up About Going E Racing
Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 – 9:11 | Comments Off
Andretti All Charged Up About Going E Racing

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Marco Andretti will plug into the environmentally-conscious and socially-hip FIA Formula E Championship Saturday with his debut in the Buenos Aires ePrix.
Andretti will drive the No. 28 Spark-Renault SRT–01E for father Michael’s Andretti Formula E Team in the Argentine resort city, the first-year series’ fourth race and resumption of its 2014-15 season.
“I’ve [...]

Qatar Cuts Ties With Alan Johnson Racing
Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 – 8:59 | Comments Off
Qatar Cuts Ties With Alan Johnson Racing

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA Top Fuel team-owner Alan Johnson admittedly was blindsided Monday when informed the Qatar Racing Club was terminating funding for all motorsports activities in North America.
The decision most prominently affects the two-car Al-Anabi Racing Team operated by Alan Johnson Racing. While the decision reportedly was made during the final days [...]

‘Red Dragon’ To Return To Track After 2014 Tragedy
Thursday, Dec 25, 2014 – 15:19 | 7 Comments
‘Red Dragon’ To Return To Track After 2014 Tragedy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dallas-based businessman Bob Stallings’ decision to return to racing in 2015 via the Pirelli World Challenge series went beyond the cold/hard corporate desire to “activate and develop brand awareness” for primary sponsor GAINSCO Auto Insurance.
Stallings and his championship-winning organization continue to deal emotionally with the aftermath of the devastating injuries [...]

Button, Alonso To Drive For McLaren In 2015
Friday, Dec 12, 2014 – 12:19 | Comments Off
Button, Alonso To Drive For McLaren In 2015

All the conjecture surrounding Jenson Button’s impending exit from McLaren and the FIA Formula One World Championship turned out to be complete rubbish.
Button will contest his sixth season with McLaren in 2015 alongside Fernando Alonso, who rejoins the team after five seasons with Scuderia Ferrari. The pairing of Alonso and Button _ who have won [...]