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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

Pritchett Lands Gig At Schumacher
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – 17:40 | Comments Off on Pritchett Lands Gig At Schumacher
Pritchett Lands Gig At Schumacher

Leah Pritchett’s nomadic journey through the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season has reunited her with powerhouse Don Schumacher Racing for Round 7 of the schedule at Atlanta Dragway, and beyond.
Pritchett, who won her first Top Fuel event in Race No. 2 of the season near Phoenix on Feb. 28, was left without […]

Rosberg Joins Elite Club With Sochi Victory
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – 18:36 | Comments Off on Rosberg Joins Elite Club With Sochi Victory
Rosberg Joins Elite Club With Sochi Victory

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Nico Rosberg’s relentless pursuit of Formula One perfection remains intact following a dominating performance in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix, where the Mercedes ace scored his fourth win in as many 2016 starts and seventh in a row dating to last season.
Rosberg, the pole-sitter, led all 53 laps around the 3.634-mile/5.848-kilometer/18-turn […]

Force Sisters On Top Of Nitro World
Monday, May 2, 2016 – 7:03 | Comments Off on Force Sisters On Top Of Nitro World
Force Sisters On Top Of Nitro World

For the first time in the diverse history of the National Hot Rod Association two women are leading the Top Fuel and Funny Car point standings – and they happen to be siblings.
Courtney Force, 27, scored her first Funny Car victory of the season Sunday, and jumped from sixth into a first-place tie in points […]

Torrence Jumps To P1 In Baytown
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 – 7:51 | Comments Off on Torrence Jumps To P1 In Baytown
Torrence Jumps To P1 In Baytown

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
On the one-year anniversary of his strategic partnership with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, native Texan Steve Torrence is determined to take the affiliation to the next level during this weekend’s 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals.
Torrence, winner of the season-opening Winternationals at Pomona, Calif., raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead […]

Texas Test To Precede Rush To Indy
Friday, Apr 29, 2016 – 9:28 | Comments Off on Texas Test To Precede Rush To Indy
Texas Test To Precede Rush To Indy

John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – While open-wheel racing’s Month of May beckons every IndyCar Series driver and team, a single Saturday night in June will be the cumulative focus during a test Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway.
More than two-thirds of the Indycar Series field is scheduled to participate in a day-long session […]

Pritchett/Vandergriff Band Back Together For Houston
Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 – 16:14 | Comments Off on Pritchett/Vandergriff Band Back Together For Houston
Pritchett/Vandergriff Band Back Together For Houston

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Leah Pritchett’s patchwork NHRA Top Fuel schedule will continue this weekend during the 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals near Houston, where the recent national event winner will reunite with her Bob Vandergriff Racing team via sponsorship from Texas-based Quaker State.
Pritchett, who won her first Top Fuel event in Race No. 2 of the Mello […]

IndyCar’s Pagenaud Rolls Into The Month Of May
Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 – 8:18 | Comments Off on IndyCar’s Pagenaud Rolls Into The Month Of May
IndyCar’s Pagenaud Rolls Into The Month Of May

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Sans apology, Simon Pagenaud channeled his inner Jean Girard during the closing laps of Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. And perhaps the best news for runner-up Graham Rahal is that he exited Barber Motorsports Park without a kiss from the Frenchman.
All references to Talladega Nights _ The Ballad […]

Foyt Cars Show Muscle In Alabama
Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 – 8:00 | Comments Off on Foyt Cars Show Muscle In Alabama
Foyt Cars Show Muscle In Alabama

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth delivered a well-timed, one-two punch for team-owner and Indy car icon A.J. Foyt Jr. Friday, topping the 21-car Verizon IndyCar Series field during practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Sato clocked a lap time of 1 minute, 7.2157-seconds at 123.186 mph, less than a half-second […]

Johnson Brings Gospel Of Horsepower To JFR
Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 – 15:43 | Comments Off on Johnson Brings Gospel Of Horsepower To JFR
Johnson Brings Gospel Of Horsepower To JFR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This is how it typically turns out for Alan Johnson in his role as NHRA Top Fuel tuning guru: Johnson lays hands upon the blower of a nitromethane-burning Top Fuel dragster engine and says, “Thou shalt cover the 1,000-foot distance in 3.772-seconds at, say, 318.77 mph.  Got it? Amen.”
Worked for […]

Rosberg Rolls, Haas Wobbles In Chinese GP
Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 – 7:07 | Comments Off on Rosberg Rolls, Haas Wobbles In Chinese GP
Rosberg Rolls, Haas Wobbles In Chinese GP

Haas F1 Team’s two-race point-scoring streak ended with a pair of back-of-the-pack finishes in Sunday’s Chinese Formula One Grand Prix, on a day when Nico Rosberg provided the perfect reality check for the fledgling American organization.
Rosberg, of Germany, scored his third victory of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship and sixth in a row […]