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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

New Look IndyCar Takin’ It To The Streets
Friday, Mar 9, 2018 – 9:16 | Comments Off on New Look IndyCar Takin’ It To The Streets
New Look IndyCar Takin’ It To The Streets

John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
All speculation surrounding INDYCAR’s new-for-2018 universal aerodynamic bodywork chassis will become academic at 11:20 a.m. (EST) Friday _ scheduled start time for first practice of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 2018 season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla.
The series’ six-month offseason was marked by the rollout/development of the Dallara IR-12 chassis […]

Haas Has Huge Day At Testing
Friday, Mar 9, 2018 – 8:05 | Comments Off on Haas Has Huge Day At Testing
Haas Has Huge Day At Testing

American industrialist Gene Haas gave his third-year Formula One team specific marching orders prior to the opening of preseason testing last week in Spain _ close the competitive gap to Scuderia Ferrari, guys.
Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen heard the boss and delivered on Thursday at Circuit de Barcelona –Catalunya.
Magnussen’s quick time of 1 minute, 18:360-seconds […]

Grosjean In Cockpit For Haas As F1 Testing Continues
Thursday, Mar 8, 2018 – 8:48 | Comments Off on Grosjean In Cockpit For Haas As F1 Testing Continues
Grosjean In Cockpit For Haas As F1 Testing Continues

Lap times dropped dramatically Wednesday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, as preseason testing for the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship reached the halfway mark of its second week in Spain.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo set the day’s quickest time _ and overall _ around the 2.892-mile/4.655-kilometer/16-turn layout at 1 minute, 18.047-seconds while completing the […]

Danica, Carpenter To Team For 500 Finale
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2018 – 17:02 | Comments Off on Danica, Carpenter To Team For 500 Finale
Danica, Carpenter To Team For 500 Finale

Danica Patrick, still the only woman to win an Indy car race, will conclude her motorsports career at the venue where she launched “Danicamania” 13 years ago by driving for Ed Carpenter Racing during the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27.
Patrick will wheel the No. 13 Chevrolet for ECR with sponsorship from […]

Force Talks Of Explosive Experience
Monday, Mar 5, 2018 – 8:15 | Comments Off on Force Talks Of Explosive Experience
Force Talks Of Explosive Experience

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Funny Car icon John Force says he was briefly knocked out by the engine explosion that shattered his race car during eliminations at the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals eight days ago.
But who could tell?
“I was already goofy,” Force said during an interview from his California home distributed by his […]

Haas Test In Spain Gets Off To A ‘Sloppy’ Start
Friday, Mar 2, 2018 – 15:14 | Comments Off on Haas Test In Spain Gets Off To A ‘Sloppy’ Start
Haas Test In Spain Gets Off To A ‘Sloppy’ Start

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Perhaps Formula One tire supplier Pirelli needs to develop a compound for snow.
American-owned Haas F1 Team wrapped up a weather-plagued first week of testing for the 2018 FIA Formula One Word Championship Thursday with Kevin Magnussen turning 96 laps at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. A combination of snow, rain […]

Force Survives Explosion; Daughter Wins At Wild Wild Horse Event
Monday, Feb 26, 2018 – 8:07 | Comments Off on Force Survives Explosion; Daughter Wins At Wild Wild Horse Event
Force Survives Explosion; Daughter Wins At Wild Wild Horse Event

A weekend filled with raw emotion ended with tears of victory and relief Sunday for John Force Racing at the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals. Courtney Force headed back to Yorba Linda, Calif., with the Funny Car Wally trophy while father/16-time world champion John Force exited another hospital after a violent accident.
“Brute” Force’s day at […]

Haas: F1 Team Needs To Pick Up The Pace
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 – 16:45 | Comments Off on Haas: F1 Team Needs To Pick Up The Pace
Haas: F1 Team Needs To Pick Up The Pace

Preseason testing for the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship gets underway Monday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, with the series’ only American team returning for its third campaign featuring the same driver lineup from last year amid relatively unchanged technical regulations.
Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will take the wheel of […]

Courtney Force Rides Record Run To Rise To P1 At Wild Horse Pass
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 – 9:20 | Comments Off on Courtney Force Rides Record Run To Rise To P1 At Wild Horse Pass
Courtney Force Rides Record Run To Rise To P1 At Wild Horse Pass

Courtney Force set both ends of the Funny Car track record Saturday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park as qualifying concluded for the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Force earned her first pole at the facility in Chandler, Ariz., with a 1,000-foot pass in 3.826-seconds at 335.98 mph. The lap ended a streak that had seen […]

“The Sarge” Tames Wild Horse In Day 1 Of Qualifying
Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 – 9:03 | Comments Off on “The Sarge” Tames Wild Horse In Day 1 Of Qualifying
“The Sarge” Tames Wild Horse In Day 1 Of Qualifying

Tony Schumacher and Clay Millican laid down the three fastest Top Fuel passes in NHRA history Friday during opening day qualifying for the 34th annual Arizona Nationals, with “The Sarge” ultimately emerging as provisional pole-sitter at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
Schumacher began the afternoon by covering the 1,000-foot distance in 3.649-seconds at 334.65-mph in his […]