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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

Rain Reigns Over USGP At Circuit Of The Americas
Sunday, Oct 25, 2015 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Rain Reigns Over USGP At Circuit Of The Americas
Rain Reigns Over USGP At Circuit Of The Americas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – Formula One prides itself with racing in the rain but not necessarily in torrential rain  – a possibility that promises to plague Sunday’s scheduled fourth annual U.S. Grand Prix/Regatta at Circuit of The Americas.
Relentless rain and pockets of standing water around COTA’s 3.427-mile/20-turn circuit forced officials from […]

Rossi Giving American Fans Reason To Root
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 – 7:50 | Comments Off on Rossi Giving American Fans Reason To Root
Rossi Giving American Fans Reason To Root

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
AUSTIN, Texas – Alexander Rossi is enjoying favorite son status at Circuit of The Americas this weekend, where a red-blooded, born-in-the-USA boy will start the fourth annual U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday.
Forget that Rossi’s bio in the Official 2015 Formula One Media Kit states that he is a native of […]

At Heart, Del Worsham Is Really A Funny Guy
Sunday, Oct 18, 2015 – 8:26 | Comments Off on At Heart, Del Worsham Is Really A Funny Guy
At Heart, Del Worsham Is Really A Funny Guy

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – Del Worsham’s professional drag racing resume is highlighted by the entry that reads “2011 NHRA Top Fuel world champion.”
That’s a career-defining accomplishment but not the guy Worsham sees when he looks into a mirror. “I’ve always considered myself a Funny Car driver first,” Worsham said Saturday after […]

Pioneer Meyer Back Behind The Wheel At Motorplex
Friday, Oct 16, 2015 – 10:54 | Comments Off on Pioneer Meyer Back Behind The Wheel At Motorplex
Pioneer Meyer Back Behind The Wheel At Motorplex

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
ENNIS, Texas – Billy Meyer temporarily has re-assumed the duties of Texas Motorplex general manager, a role that might include diaper duty before the weekend has run its straight-line course.
Gabrielle Stevenson, Motorplex president/GM, officially is back on-site after giving birth this summer to twin sons Luke and Jake. During […]

Notes: Rain Puts Kibosh On Friday Qualifying
Saturday, Oct 3, 2015 – 7:52 | Comments Off on Notes: Rain Puts Kibosh On Friday Qualifying
Notes: Rain Puts Kibosh On Friday Qualifying

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Persistent rain Friday at Maple Grove Raceway forced NHRA officials to cancel the first two qualifying sessions for the 31st annual Keystone NHRA Nationals, third event in the six-race Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoff.
Overnight rain in the Reading, Pa., area coupled with temperatures in the […]

American Rossi To Make F1 Debut
Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 – 7:34 | Comments Off on American Rossi To Make F1 Debut
American Rossi To Make F1 Debut

Alexander Rossi’s overdue Formula One debut was of the baby-step variety Friday, as the American logged a combined 27 laps during two practices for the Singapore Airlines Grand Prix after crashing-out of the first session.
Manor Marussia F1 Team announced Wednesday from its headquarters in Banbury, U.K., that it had signed the native of Auburn, Calif., […]

A Course In History: IMRRC At The Glen Is Gold
Friday, Sep 11, 2015 – 12:05 | Comments Off on A Course In History: IMRRC At The Glen Is Gold
A Course In History: IMRRC At The Glen Is Gold

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The streets of this sleepy Upstate New York village will reverberate with the roar of engines beginning Friday, as the 22nd annual Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival celebrates “the day they stopped the trains” for the first post-World War II road-race in the United States.
That was […]

NHRA Releases 2016 Schedule; Fate Of Topeka In Limbo
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2015 – 15:18 | Comments Off on NHRA Releases 2016 Schedule; Fate Of Topeka In Limbo
NHRA Releases 2016 Schedule; Fate Of Topeka In Limbo

A 23-race national event tour – with a return to Heartland Park Topeka pending – constitutes the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.  
NHRA officials currently are talking with the new ownership group at Heartland Park Topeka, and a 24th race could be added to the 2016 schedule pending the outcome of those […]

U.S. Nationals Slog To A Halt On Opening Day
Saturday, Sep 5, 2015 – 7:41 | Comments Off on U.S. Nationals Slog To A Halt On Opening Day
U.S. Nationals Slog To A Halt On Opening Day

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Persistent rain showers forced NHRA officials to cancel Friday’s professional qualifying session at the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Brownsburg, Ind., near Indianapolis.
Rain started as qualifying for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series began and continued into the night. Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Redell Harris was the only […]

Dixon Rakes It In At IndyCar Awards Banquet
Thursday, Sep 3, 2015 – 13:27 | Comments Off on Dixon Rakes It In At IndyCar Awards Banquet
Dixon Rakes It In At IndyCar Awards Banquet

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Scott Dixon added a $1-million bonus check to his post-season SWAG haul during the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in downtown San Francisco.
Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, won the 2015 crown in a tiebreaker with Juan Pablo Montoya of Team Penske after a […]