NASCAR's most successful single car team is leaving Ford and will be driving a Dodge next season. Robby Gordon Motorsports signed a technical, manufacturing and marketing services agreement with Gillett Evernham Motorsports on Friday, in an attempt to help the single car team not only remain competitive, but become more competitive as NASCAR moves to the Car of Tomorrow full time in 2008.
In 2007, while the COT was still used on a part time basis, a lot of teams (both small and large) struggled to find consistency. Going into next season, expect those bigger teams with more money to spend on Research and Development, to find a groove earlier in the season with the COT. Moving to Gillett Evernham Motorsports gives Robby Gordon Motorsports the opportunity to have the same RAD advantages that larger teams have.
Robby Gordon is not going to become a Chase driver any time soon, but this is a move that does help his fantasy value out. Gordon's biggest strength as a fantasy driver is when he can be used as a stop-gap guy on a road course. He is by far one of the better options when it comes to road track racing, not matter what team or car he is driving. After that he doesn't have too much value on a week to week basis.
Another advantage is that while Gordon won't be a member of the Gillett Evernham Motorsports team per se, it does give him a few more allies out there on the track, that he did not have before. Kasey Kahne, and Elliott Sadler are both very fine drivers, and if push comes to shove, I am willing to bet the three of them wind up helping each other out on the track more than they hurt each other.