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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

Porsche Exiting WEC, Switching To Batteries
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 – 16:23 | Comments Off on Porsche Exiting WEC, Switching To Batteries
Porsche Exiting WEC, Switching To Batteries

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Porsche, the world’s most successful endurance sports car racing nameplate, will exit the LMP1 class of the FIA’s World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2017 season and transition into competition in the Formula E Championship with a factory team beginning in 2019.
Porsche confirmed “with great regret” the end […]

Driving For Penske Fulfills Big Goal For Blaney
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 – 7:19 | Comments Off on Driving For Penske Fulfills Big Goal For Blaney
Driving For Penske Fulfills Big Goal For Blaney

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Team Penske raised the profile of “Silly Season” transactions this week when it announced rising star Ryan Blaney would exit Wood Brothers Racing and join the stock car arm of Roger Penske’s empire as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series beginning in 2018.
Penske’s return to […]

New Indy Cars Get Thumbs Up After Testing At IMS
Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 – 8:40 | One Comment
New Indy Cars Get Thumbs Up After Testing At IMS

Open-wheel veterans Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia turned more than 100 laps each around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in their respective 2018-spec Chevrolet- and Honda-powered Dallara IR-12s equipped with INDYCAR’s universal aerodynamic bodywork kit during the chassis’ pubic debut.
Afterward, approval of the new car’s “bolder, sleeker look” and performance in its superspeedway configuration was unanimous.
“From […]

New IndyCar Chassis Hits The Bricks At IMS
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 – 14:44 | Comments Off on New IndyCar Chassis Hits The Bricks At IMS
New IndyCar Chassis Hits The Bricks At IMS

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDYCAR’s return to a universal/generic bodywork kit for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season via a Dallara chassis that has been “reverse-engineered” made its on-track debut Tuesday during a day-long test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Inspired by “old favorite” designs but clearly pointing toward what’s “NEXT” for the series, the chassis […]

Earnhardt Jr. To Trade Nomex For A Blazer In ’18
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Earnhardt Jr. To Trade Nomex For A Blazer In ’18
Earnhardt Jr. To Trade Nomex For A Blazer In ’18

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s post-NASCAR retirement as full-time driver officially will include more than trips to the grocery store for mayo.
Voted by fans as NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver for an unprecedented 14 consecutive years (2003-16), Junior will join NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage beginning in 2018. The TV gig was announced […]

Colorado Win Has Put Hight’s Sites On Western Sweep
Monday, Jul 24, 2017 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Colorado Win Has Put Hight’s Sites On Western Sweep
Colorado Win Has Put Hight’s Sites On Western Sweep

Robert Hight’s Funny Car victory Sunday in the opening race of the NHRA’s annual summertime Western Swing immediately left the John Force Racing ace thinking 1-2-3 sweep!
Hight’s win over Tommy Johnson Jr. at the 38th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway was his first of the 2017 season, fourth on “The Mountain” in […]

‘Boss’ Put Brakes on Kyle Busch’s Indy 500 Bid
Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 – 7:58 | Comments Off on ‘Boss’ Put Brakes on Kyle Busch’s Indy 500 Bid
‘Boss’ Put Brakes on Kyle Busch’s Indy 500 Bid

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Kyle Busch says he was oh-so-close to joining Fernando Alonso as a one-off entrant in May’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500…until one of his bosses spiked the deal.
“I had it done last year _ sold and everything ready to go _ and I’ve got a boss that said ‘No!’ […]

Pagenaud Hoping Luck Returns In Toronto
Saturday, Jul 15, 2017 – 7:27 | Comments Off on Pagenaud Hoping Luck Returns In Toronto
Pagenaud Hoping Luck Returns In Toronto

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Simon Pagenaud admits that while his racing luck has not been all that good at the Honda Indy Toronto, the downtown dining in Canada’s largest city is simply magnifique.
“I had French food last night, so that was nice,” said Pagenaud, a native of Montmorillon, France, at the close of Friday’s […]

Almirola: It’s About Picking Up Where We Left Off
Friday, Jul 14, 2017 – 17:41 | Comments Off on Almirola: It’s About Picking Up Where We Left Off
Almirola: It’s About Picking Up Where We Left Off

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A re-invigorated and introspective Aric Almirola returned to the seat of the No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion Friday to begin preparations for his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since suffering a severe back injury eight weeks ago.
“I am stoked. Really excited,” Almirola said during a media session at […]

With Kenseth Going, Along Comes Jones at JGR
Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 – 7:09 | Comments Off on With Kenseth Going, Along Comes Jones at JGR
With Kenseth Going, Along Comes Jones at JGR

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Joe Gibbs Racing has selected Erik Jones of Furniture Row Racing to replace Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota Camry beginning with the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
Currently competing full-time for Barney Visser’s Furniture Row Racing, Jones sits 14th in Cup points and leads the Sunoco Rookie […]