The Palm Beach Post
March 16, 2002 Saturday FINAL EDITION
SECTION: A SECTION, Pg. 2A
HEADLINE: RACER JEFF GORDON'S WIFE FILES FOR DIVORCE
BYLINE: Kathryn Quigley, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
WEST PALM BEACH - They met in victory lane, but now their love has rounded the last lap.
Brooke Gordon, wife of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, filed for divorce on Friday after more than seven years of marriage. Their marriage is "irretrievably broken as a result of the husband's marital misconduct," according to the document. The couple has no children. Jeff Gordon, 30, is a four-time Winston Cup winner and has twice won the Daytona 500. Brooke Gordon has frequently been on hand at races to cheer her husband.
Brooke Gordon, 30, wants exclusive use of the couple's 23,095-square-foot oceanfront home in Highland Beach, valued at $9 million for tax purposes.
The couple also owns a second home on Palm Beach, according to the divorce petition filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. She is asking that her husband continue to pay the salaries of the daytime and evening housekeepers, maintenance workers and the chef at the Highland Beach home.
She is also seeking alimony, the Porsche and the Mercedes 600 SL, and periodic use of their boats and the Falcon 200 airplane owned by one of their companies.
Georgia Newman, a lawyer for Fisher & Bendeck in West Palm Beach, one of two firms representing Brooke Gordon, said the firm intends to "ensure that Mrs. Gordon is treated equitably, particularly in light of the fact that he's become such a good success during their marriage."
Jeff Gordon is temporarily living with a business associate in North Carolina, according to the divorce suit. On Friday, he qualified for the second starting position in Sunday's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.
Jeff Gordon's spokesman, Jon Edwards, declined to comment on the suit.
Jennifer Brooke Sealey, a former Miss Winston, married Jeff Gordon on Nov. 26, 1994. They had met in victory lane after a race at Daytona Speedway.
Jeff Gordon has frequently mentioned his love for his wife in interviews, including one for People magazine in its 2000 issue on the "sexiest men alive."
"It was love at first sight," he said at the time.
GRAPHIC: PHOTO (B&W), Associated Press file photo
, Jeff Gordon and his wife, Brooke, in victory lane after winning a, race at Dover, Del., last year.