Gordon divorce invades garage

Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2003

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Brooke Gordon's attorneys say their attempts to deliver subpoenas at Daytona International Speedway in her divorce with four-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon is all about business.

Her attempts, however, to drag several car owners into court has made the proceedings very personal.

Brooke Gordon filed for divorce last year citing marital misconduct. She's asking for half of her husband's fortune worth $48.8 million according to documents filed with a South Florida court as well as use of his private jet, ownership of their $10 million mansion in Palm Beach County, two sports cars, and for him to pay the salaries of the landscapers, chefs and housekeepers at the mansion.

Since Jeff Gordon is listed as a co-owner with Rick Hendrick on Jimmie Johnson's car, his wife has subpoenaed several other car owners to force them to expose their finances to show what an ownership is worth.

Ray Evernham, who was the couple's best man, now owns a Dodge team with drivers Bill Elliott and Jeremy Mayfield. He was served with a subpoena Tues day and ordered to appear in court Friday.

Evernham met with sheriff deputies outside the speedway Tuesday to keep Gordon's es tranged wife from distracting the focus from Sunday's Daytona 500.

''I did it because I care about this sport, unlike Mrs. Gordon, who is trying to make a circus of the Daytona 500,'' he said.

TOYOTA TRUCKS: Toyota an nounced it would join the NAS CAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2004 with its Tundra model.

The news was expected, but it prompted speculation the car com pany soon would build a car for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Toyota's biggest stumbling block had been the development of an eight-cylinder push-rod engine. Toyota apparently is comfortable with its engine and can use 2004 to further develop it before making the big jump to Winston Cup as early as 2005 or 2006.

PIT STOPS: When Sammy Pack ard won a race on the beach course more than 60 years ago, he earned $55. Admission to the infield Wednesday for Sunday's Daytona 500 is $240 a person plus a $75 charge for cars.

. . . Jeff Burton, Mike Skinner and Elliott Sadler had to go to backup cars for today's Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying races after a crash during practice on Tuesday. Jack Sprague, who started the accident by hitting Skinner, missed practice Wednesday while his team repaired damage from that accident. Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace, both in a Dodge for Penske South Racing, also required repairs on crumpled fenders after Wednesday's session.

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