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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

Alonso’s Indy 500 2019 Bid Runs Into A Wall
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 16:11 | Comments Off on Alonso’s Indy 500 2019 Bid Runs Into A Wall
Alonso’s Indy 500 2019 Bid Runs Into A Wall

Fernando Alonso found the wall at Indy during Wednesday’s practice for this year’s 500. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Open-wheel history has proven there are two types of drivers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway _ those that have hit the wall and those that will hit the wall.

Fernando Alonso finally joined the […]

May Has Gotten Off To A Penske Kind Of Start
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – 8:01 | Comments Off on May Has Gotten Off To A Penske Kind Of Start
May Has Gotten Off To A Penske Kind Of Start

Simon Pagenaud hopes to follow his champagne shower with a milk bath at Indy this month. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

A week of practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to begin Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where one driver is poised to sweep the Month of May.

Naturally, he’s employed […]

‘The Snake’ Basks After Dash The Through Desert
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – 17:02 | Comments Off on ‘The Snake’ Basks After Dash The Through Desert
‘The Snake’ Basks After Dash The Through Desert

Co-drivers Jagger Jones and Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme made it to the finish line in their 1,300-mile dash through the Mexican desert.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Drag racing icon Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and teen-aged co-driver Jagger Jones turned an all-night thrash into a checkered flag finish in the NORRA Mexican 1000, where their unofficial […]

May Begins With Safety, Qualifying In Spotlight
Thursday, May 2, 2019 – 8:38 | Comments Off on May Begins With Safety, Qualifying In Spotlight
May Begins With Safety, Qualifying In Spotlight

Alexander Rossi took to the infield road course at Indy in a car fitted with INDYCAR’s new Advanced Frontal Protection safety device. The AFP is the small fin located just forward of the cockpit. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

INDYCAR’s latest safety-related innovation will be front-and-center during the Month of May at […]

Ericsson Has Had His Eyes On Indy A Long Time
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019 – 14:55 | Comments Off on Ericsson Has Had His Eyes On Indy A Long Time
Ericsson Has Had His Eyes On Indy A Long Time

Marcus Ericsson hopes to join Kenny Brack as Swedish winners of the Indianapolis 500. (RacinToday photo by Martha Fairris)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas _ Culture shock figures to reach its zenith for Marcus Ericsson on May 26, when the former Formula One regular from Sweden will take the command to start his […]

Teen Herta Would Love To Make Indy History
Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 – 7:35 | Comments Off on Teen Herta Would Love To Make Indy History
Teen Herta Would Love To Make Indy History

At 19 years old, Colton Herta is already making IndyCar Series history. In May, he hopes to make more. (RacinToday photo by Martha Fairris)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – It is a question Colton Herta, already the youngest race-winner in INDYCAR history, will be hearing often heading into and during the Month […]

Rossi Gives Mikey’s Race Teams Victory No. 200
Monday, Apr 15, 2019 – 8:16 | Comments Off on Rossi Gives Mikey’s Race Teams Victory No. 200
Rossi Gives Mikey’s Race Teams Victory No. 200

Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi sprayed some grape after winning Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Long Beach. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Alexander Rossi joined a short list of open-wheel royalty when he won Sunday’s 45th annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach from pole position, delivering Michael Andretti his landmark 200th […]

Alonso Hits The Restart Button In Bid To Win Indy
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 – 8:13 | Comments Off on Alonso Hits The Restart Button In Bid To Win Indy
Alonso Hits The Restart Button In Bid To Win Indy

Two-time F1 world driving champion Fernando Alonso made a trip to the banks on Tuesday in order to help him prep for the upcoming Indianapolis 500. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – Fernando Alonso is approaching his meticulous preparation for a second Indianapolis 500 start next month as if […]

Alonso Hits Texas Before Hitting The Bricks
Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019 – 7:16 | Comments Off on Alonso Hits Texas Before Hitting The Bricks
Alonso Hits Texas Before Hitting The Bricks

McLaren Racing unveiled the traditional ‘papaya orange’ livery of the car that Fernando Alonso will drive in the upcoming Indy 500. (Photo courtesy of McLaren Racing)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – Motorsports royalty will spend Tuesday hot-lapping around Texas Motor Speedway.

Fernando Alonso will drive an Indy car on an oval for […]

Hamlin Survives Hiccup Attack To Win At Texas
Monday, Apr 1, 2019 – 7:11 | Comments Off on Hamlin Survives Hiccup Attack To Win At Texas
Hamlin Survives Hiccup Attack To Win At Texas

Denny Hamlin overcame a pair of penalties to win at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

FORT WORTH, Texas – Denny Hamlin says he and crew chief Chris Gabehart are “plugging away” at the revised 2019 rules package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“Me and […]