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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

Dixon Sets Pace In St. Pete
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 – 13:11 | Comments Off on Dixon Sets Pace In St. Pete
Dixon Sets Pace In St. Pete

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Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon handed Honda Opening Day bragging rights at the close of practice Friday for the 14th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, set the pace on the 1.8-mile/14-turn temporary clockwise street course that includes the Florida city’s downtown and a runway of Albert […]

Testing Ends On A High For Haas F1
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 – 9:44 | Comments Off on Testing Ends On A High For Haas F1
Testing Ends On A High For Haas F1

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean spent some unexpected time at the beach in Spain Friday before recording his quickest lap of the FIA’s two-week Formula One World Championship preseason testing schedule at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Grosjean’s quickest time on the last day of testing around the 2.892-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn layout was a 1-minute, […]

Haas F1 Picks Up Pace In Barcelona
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 – 9:39 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Picks Up Pace In Barcelona
Haas F1 Picks Up Pace In Barcelona

Kevin Magnussen posted his quickest time of preseason testing and raised the Haas F1 Team single-session laps-completed record during Thursday’s outing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Magnussen racked up 119 laps/344.205 miles/553.945 kilometers around the 2.892-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn layout in Spain during his final preseason test in the No. 20 Haas VF-17.  Magnussen re-set the team’s single-day lap tally, […]

Haas F1 Has ‘Good Day’ In Testing
Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 – 9:55 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Has ‘Good Day’ In Testing
Haas F1 Has ‘Good Day’ In Testing

Haas F1 Team lead driver Romain Grosjean systematically worked through a variety of baseline setup configurations Wednesday when he returned to preseason testing for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Grosjean compiled 96 laps/277.678 miles/446.88 kilometers in his No. 8 Haas VF-17 around the 2.892-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn layout in Spain during a session […]

SMI Shuffles Race Lineup; Vegas Gets Second Date
Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 – 9:01 | Comments Off on SMI Shuffles Race Lineup; Vegas Gets Second Date
SMI Shuffles Race Lineup; Vegas Gets Second Date

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Las Vegas Motor Speedway has secured a coveted second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend for the 2018 season and beyond via an intramural “realignment” affecting two other facilities in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc., empire.
SMI President/CEO Marcus Smith made the announcement during a news conference with Las Vegas Convention and […]

Magnussen Returns As F1 Testing Resumes
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 – 8:45 | Comments Off on Magnussen Returns As F1 Testing Resumes
Magnussen Returns As F1 Testing Resumes

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Haas F1 Team newcomer Kevin Magnussen kicked-off the second and final week of preseason testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Tuesday by turning a combined 81 laps on a day when veteran Felipe Massa topped the time sheet.
Massa, whose retirement plans abruptly ended in mid-January, posted a lap in 1 minute, […]

Winning The 500 Came With Bonuses For Busch
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 – 8:53 | Comments Off on Winning The 500 Came With Bonuses For Busch
Winning The 500 Came With Bonuses For Busch

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Newly-minted Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch says his victory in last Sunday’s “Great American Race” has come gift-wrapped with a “sense of calm” for the remainder of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Sense of calm? KuBu? Recently married and all grown up? Incredible.
“It’s an incredible feeling to win […]

Haas F1 Team Gets In A Wet Workout In Spain
Friday, Mar 3, 2017 – 8:44 | Comments Off on Haas F1 Team Gets In A Wet Workout In Spain
Haas F1 Team Gets In A Wet Workout In Spain

Simulated wet-weather lapping of tire-supplier Pirelli’s new/wider rubber added another element to Romain Grosjean’s workload Thursday, as American-owned Haas F1 Team closed the opening week of preseason testing for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Grosjean completed a session-best 118 laps around the 2.892-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn layout in Spain in the second generation […]

Glitches Arise For Haas F1 In Barcelona Test
Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 – 10:43 | Comments Off on Glitches Arise For Haas F1 In Barcelona Test
Glitches Arise For Haas F1 In Barcelona Test

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Haas F1 Team lead driver Romain Grosjean logged his first test laps of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship season Wednesday during a “methodical” session plagued by setup and electrical issues at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Grosjean, who returns for his second season with Gene Haas’ American-owned team, recorded 56 laps […]

Haas Driver Magnussen Piling Up The Laps
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 – 8:50 | Comments Off on Haas Driver Magnussen Piling Up The Laps
Haas Driver Magnussen Piling Up The Laps

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Haas F1 Team newcomer Kevin Magnussen shattered the second-year, American-owned organization’s single-day test mileage total _ and lowered his best lap time _ during Day 2 of preseason testing Tuesday for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Magnussen began hot-lapping in his No. 20 Haas VF-17 […]