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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

Burkart Back; Looking To Shake Things Up In Vegas
Thursday, Apr 5, 2018 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Burkart Back; Looking To Shake Things Up In Vegas
Burkart Back; Looking To Shake Things Up In Vegas

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Veteran Funny Car driver Phil Burkart Jr. will reunite with team-owner Robert Schwab during this weekend’s inaugural version of the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas.
A second-generation drag racer from Yorkville, N.Y., Burkart qualified for three national events in 2017 _ Pomona 1, Phoenix and Las Vegas […]

Suarez Wearing, Using His Heritage Proudly
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018 – 17:33 | Comments Off on Suarez Wearing, Using His Heritage Proudly
Suarez Wearing, Using His Heritage Proudly

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DALLAS – NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez walked into the bustling Consulate de Mexico here recently as a humble national hero, carrying a message he hopes will resonate throughout Latin America.
“It means a lot to me to be the first Mexican-born driver (in the NASCAR Cup Series),” Suarez said during his […]

Montoya To Make His Le Mans Debut In ’18
Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 – 18:06 | Comments Off on Montoya To Make His Le Mans Debut In ’18
Montoya To Make His Le Mans Debut In ’18

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Juan Pablo Montoya will add another line to his world-class racing resume while pursuing the Triple Crown of Motorsport this summer when he makes his competitive debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
United Autosports confirmed Tuesday that Montoya will join the team for the twice-around-the-clock classic in France. The […]

Mercedes, Haas Get Off To Fast Starts In Australia
Friday, Mar 23, 2018 – 8:01 | Comments Off on Mercedes, Haas Get Off To Fast Starts In Australia
Mercedes, Haas Get Off To Fast Starts In Australia

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Led appropriately enough by Lewis Hamilton, the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship roared to life Friday with a pair of 90-minute free practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix.
Hamilton, the four-time/reigning World Driving Champion from Great Britain and Mercedes AMG, posted the day’s fastest lap around the 3.295-mile/5.303-kilometer/16-turn Melbourne […]

NBC, IndyCar Hope To Pump Up 500 Viewership
Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 – 8:53 | Comments Off on NBC, IndyCar Hope To Pump Up 500 Viewership
NBC, IndyCar Hope To Pump Up 500 Viewership

An opportunity to reverse admittedly sagging viewership figures for the Indianapolis 500 will be a prime target for NBC Sports Group when it launches its exclusive media rights contract with the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2019.
Sanctioning body INDYCAR announced on Wednesday a multi-year media rights package with NBC Sports Group that will see eight […]

Indy 500 Moving To NBC Next Season
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 – 18:27 | Comments Off on Indy 500 Moving To NBC Next Season
Indy 500 Moving To NBC Next Season

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Television coverage of the Indianapolis 500 _ the world’s largest, single-day sporting event _ will move to the NBC network in May 2019 after an historic, 54-year run on ABC as part of a media rights package announced Wednesday between the Verizon IndyCar Series and NBC Sports Group.
Sanctioning body INDYCAR […]

Helio Makes Cameo Appearance In An Indy Car
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 – 8:09 | Comments Off on Helio Makes Cameo Appearance In An Indy Car
Helio Makes Cameo Appearance In An Indy Car

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Helio Castroneves reverted to his exuberant open-wheel self Tuesday, when the three-time Indianapolis 500 champion tested INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal aerodynamic chassis for the first time.
Castroneves rejoined Team Penske’s regular-season, three-driver lineup for a Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Barber Motorsports Park in preparation for the fourth annual INDYCAR Grand […]

Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats
Monday, Mar 19, 2018 – 10:12 | Comments Off on Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats
Crampton Busts Slump At Gatornats

Richie Crampton ended a Top Fuel futility streak dating to the 2015 season and became the 10th driver to win for NHRA icon Conrad “Connie” Kalitta with a victory in Sunday’s 49th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
Crampton recorded an uncontested final-round win when he wheeled his Kalitta Air/DHL dragster to a 1,000-foot pass in […]

Beckman Holds On To Earn Pole at Gatornationals
Sunday, Mar 18, 2018 – 9:13 | Comments Off on Beckman Holds On To Earn Pole at Gatornationals
Beckman Holds On To Earn Pole at Gatornationals

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jack Beckman and his team of tuning wizards secured the No. 1 qualifying spot in Funny Car as time trials concluded before an announced sellout crowd Saturday for the 49th annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
Veteran tuners Dean Antonelli, John Medlen and Neal Strausbaugh watched Beckman’s 1,000-foot […]

Biker Arana Jr. Crashes The 200 MPH Barrier
Saturday, Mar 17, 2018 – 8:46 | Comments Off on Biker Arana Jr. Crashes The 200 MPH Barrier
Biker Arana Jr. Crashes The 200 MPH Barrier

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It took Hector Arana Jr. nearly three years _ but only 6.937-seconds _ to blast past professional drag racing’s last major barrier Friday at historic Gainesville Raceway.
Arana Jr. became the first NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider to break the 200-mph barrier during second-round qualifications for the 49th annual AMALIE […]