NASCAR & Auto Racing

Suit dismissed in GEM-Robby Gordon dispute

DOVER, Del. - Robby Gordon Motorsports and Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced jointly Friday the two have resolved differences over a disputed plan to merge the two organizations.

Disagreement over a proposal to merge led to the filing of a $23.5 million lawsuit recently by GEM in which it claimed Gordon violated the terms of a tentative agreement that would have sold his team to GEM.

As part of the resolution announced Friday, the lawsuit will be dismissed and the merger will not proceed.

The statement released by GEM said in part, "Management personnel for the two teams acknowledge that there were misunderstandings, but both sides acted in good faith throughout, and in the end it was circumstances beyond their control that caused the merger not to proceed."

A team spokesman for GEM said the organization remains committed to expanding to a four-car operation but would not speculate on any other potential merger prospects.