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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

Biker Hines May R and D Himself To Another Title
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 – 7:56 | Comments Off on Biker Hines May R and D Himself To Another Title
Biker Hines May R and D Himself To Another Title

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
His NHRA resume reads five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion. But Andrew Hines admittedly operates in a completely different role opposite teammate Eddie Krawiec.
“I’m the guinea pig on the crew,” said Hines, winner of three consecutive PSM titles aboard his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. “We always keep Eddie’s […]

Power Cleared To Drive, Compete For Title
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 – 16:06 | Comments Off on Power Cleared To Drive, Compete For Title
Power Cleared To Drive, Compete For Title

By John Sturbin/Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Will Power’s relentless pursuit of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series driver’s championship will continue at the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma later this month.
Power was cleared to drive Tuesday by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director, after the Team Penske ace successfully passed concussion testing protocol.
Power was involved in a crash […]

Dixon Makes It Look Easy While Winning At Watkins Glen
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 – 20:47 | Comments Off on Dixon Makes It Look Easy While Winning At Watkins Glen
Dixon Makes It Look Easy While Winning At Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Scott Dixon was magical, magnificent and The Man Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen International…and that was it for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.
Completing a weekend during which he led all three practices, qualified on-pole in record-setting style and paced Sunday morning’s warmup session, Dixon blitzed WGI’s repaved 3.37-mile/11-turn circuit […]

Tires Under Scrutiny At The Glen
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 – 12:34 | Comments Off on Tires Under Scrutiny At The Glen
Tires Under Scrutiny At The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Pole-sitter Scott Dixon paced the final 30-minute Verizon IndyCar Series warmup session Sunday morning at Watkins Glen International, and then opted to start the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen on Firestone’s alternate (red) compound tires.
Dixon logged 14 laps around WGI’s repaved, 3.37-mile/11-turn natural-terrain layout under sunny skies with a best […]

Hamilton P1 At Monza
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 – 7:45 | Comments Off on Hamilton P1 At Monza
Hamilton P1 At Monza

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Formula One Italian Grand Prix from pole position after pipping Mercedes AMG teammate/nemesis Nico Rosberg by 0.478-seconds during qualifying at Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
Hamilton toured the 3.6-mile/5.793-kilometer/11-turn circuit in 1 minute, 21.135-seconds to bag his 56th career pole, seventh this season and fifth […]

Dixon Wins Pole, Shreds Track Record At Watkins Glen
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – 19:07 | Comments Off on Dixon Wins Pole, Shreds Track Record At Watkins Glen
Dixon Wins Pole, Shreds Track Record At Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Scott Dixon’s first Verizon IndyCar Series pole at Watkins Glen International was a run for the record book, on a Saturday when interference penalties and tire compound selection factored into knockout qualifying for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.
Continuing a run of dominance that covered all three practice sessions, Dixon […]

Rahal Talks About Monkeys, His Dad, His Future
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Rahal Talks About Monkeys, His Dad, His Future
Rahal Talks About Monkeys, His Dad, His Future

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Now that he has snapped a year-long Verizon IndyCar Series losing streak, Graham Rahal is in no particular hurry to exchange small talk with one of his team co-owners.
Nothing personal, but that guy is Bobby Rahal.
“To be honest, I really don’t hear from dad much anymore, you know?” Graham said through […]

New Surface Kicking Up Speeds At The Glen
Friday, Sep 2, 2016 – 19:13 | Comments Off on New Surface Kicking Up Speeds At The Glen
New Surface Kicking Up Speeds At The Glen

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – A complete rewrite of the Verizon IndyCar Series record book looms Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International, where a repaving of the historic road-course provided breathtaking speeds during practice for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen.  
The track’s Indy car qualifying record was set by […]

DeJoria To Make Her Return At U.S. Nationals
Thursday, Sep 1, 2016 – 7:11 | Comments Off on DeJoria To Make Her Return At U.S. Nationals
DeJoria To Make Her Return At U.S. Nationals

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria has received medical clearance from her team doctors and NHRA’s medical staff to return to competition this weekend for the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
DeJoria sat out the last two NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events due to a pelvic fracture suffered during […]

Rahal Pulls Out Dramatic Win At ‘The Resumption’
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 – 8:19 | Comments Off on Rahal Pulls Out Dramatic Win At ‘The Resumption’
Rahal Pulls Out Dramatic Win At ‘The Resumption’

Three-wide, four-wide and with sparks flying, Graham Rahal won the 20th annual Firestone 600 (The Resumption) Verizon IndyCar Series race Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway after leading the equivalent of two football fields.
Rahal completed a dramatic, last-lap pass of leader James Hinchcliffe to win by a miniscule 0.0080-seconds _ the closest race in Texas […]