A Curious Case

I will never be confused with one of the world's great legal minds. Unless it's an episode of "Boston Legal" or a rerun of "Perry Mason" on late night television, I don't have much knowledge of our legal system.

But as an outside observer, the case between Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Robby Gordon intrigues me.

And quite frankly I don't understand it.

GEM has filed suit against Gordon saying he violated terms of an agreement that would have sold his independent operation to the team for $23.5 million.

You'll remember that back in February, just days before the start of "Speedweeks" in Daytona, Gordon entered into a partnership with GEM and thrashed around trying to convert his Fords to Dodge's, getting tagged for mounting an illegal nosepiece in the process.

What we didn't know at the time were the details of the deal, which as outlined in the lawsuit seem pretty lucrative for Gordon.

In addition to the $23.5 million buyout, Gordon would have had a four-year driving contract with GEM that would have paid him $3 million annually plus 45 percent of race winnings as well as insurance and other provisions customary for NASCAR driver agreements – a package likely worth at least $5 million annually.

Gordon would have been given a spot on GEM's board of directors as well.

GEM promised to provide Gordon with all “racing infrastructure” and to support the Gordon’s car “in substantially the same manner in which GEM supports its most supported car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup” for the 2008 season.

Sounds like a deal too good to be true.

Apparently Gordon thinks so too.

“We categorically reject the allegations that are contained in the complaint, and the truth will come out if the case proceeds,” Gordon said in a statement released on Thursday. “In the meantime, we think it is best to allow that to happen in the court proceedings rather than in the media."

Fair enough.

But I'm very interested to hear Gordon's side of this story.

Given the current landscape of the NASCAR garage, it's mind-boggling to me that Gordon would turn down the deal outlined by GEM, which would have not only provided a financial payday but aligned the one-car team with a bigger and supposedly better funded operation.

Gordon has been able to stay within the Top 35 most of the season but has typically driven a middle-of-the-pack car which didn't even carry sponsorship at several races.

It would seem to me the opportunity to become part of GEM was a golden chance to finally shrug the struggling independent stigma that has hindered Gordon since he started his own Cup venture.

But according to Gordon there's more to the story than meets the eye.

So we'll wait until more information comes out. But until then, excuse me for scratching my head enough to wear out even Jimmy Spencer's hairpiece.

Where's that "L.A. Law" DVD anyways?

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NASCAR Sprint Cup, 2008

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