Robby Gordon Fails Inspection

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Apparently, Robby Gordon's switch from Ford to Dodge didn't go as smoothly as the owner/driver thought it would.

The car Gordon brought to Daytona International Speedway failed inspection Friday, when NASCAR found that his Charger featured a nose not yet approved for competition.

Gordon had to replace the nose, after which the car passed inspection. According to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series director John Darby, there remains the possibility of fines and penalties, as the sanctioning body adjudicates the infraction.

Gordon announced Feb. 2 that he was entering a "technical and marketing partnership" with Gillett Evernham Motorsports, a move that led to the change in car makers.

According to Dodge Motorsports spokesperson Kathy Graham, Gordon had four days to convert his chassis from Fords to Dodges. When Robby Gordon Motorsports got the noses from Gillett Evernham, the company inadvertently took delivery on unproved prototype Charger noses instead of the Avenger noses NASCAR has sanctioned for competition.

Though Dodge racecars are running with the Charger nameplate this season, they will continue using the Avenger nose until NASCAR approves the Charger nose submitted by the manufacturer, Graham said.

All told, Gordon must switch out noses on 11 cars, most of which are housed at Gordon's shop in Charlotte, N.C.

"In the transformation from Avenger to Charger, Dodge is working on a replacement nose," Darby said. "There's no difference, really, in the nose, other than the decal outlines that complement the Charger more than the Avenger. But the nose has not finished due process yet, so they had to put one of the old noses back on the car."

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