During the off-season, Jerry Nadeau, who drives the U.S. Army Pontiac for MB2 Motorsports, visited much of the region where U.S.-led forces are currently involved in military conflict. Nadeau, who will start 13th in tomorrow's Food City 500 at ...
During the off-season, Jerry Nadeau, who drives the U.S. Army Pontiac for MB2 Motorsports, visited much of the region where U.S.-led forces are currently involved in military conflict. Nadeau, who will start 13th in tomorrow's Food City 500 at Bristol, shared his perspectives on the current situation.
JERRY NADEAU, NO. 01 U.S. ARMY PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
HOW DID YOUR VISIT TO THE REGION CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THE EVENTS UNFOLDING NOW?
"I'm like everybody else. I'm glued to the TV, too, trying to see what's happening over there. Obviously, it means more to me just because of our U.S. Army sponsorship and the fact I was out there and got to see a lot of the troops.
"It's devastating that we're at war, but I'm supporting the President and the troops.
"Obviously, their effort has been very well calculated. These guys are so well trained. The equipment they have and the technology and the power - it's just incredible."
YOU WERE ABLE TO ACTUALLY DRIVE A TANK DURING YOUR VISIT...TALK ABOUT THE LEVEL OF EQUIPMENT IN USE OVER THERE...
"They've got awesome stuff. The technology is so advanced and they've got so much equipment. When I went to Afghanistan, I was totally amazed. I was totally amazed when I got off the plane and saw how much stuff is actually over there. Then, we went another 2,000 miles to Kuwait and it's like, 'Wow, we've got twice as much stuff over here.' Of course, it's not just us. There are other nations involved in this - Britain, of course. But, they've got a lot of horsepower over there.
"Our hearts and prayers really go out to all the troops out there - and especially their families."
THE TROOPS APPEAR VERY CONFIDENT AND FOCUSED WHEN VIEWED ON TELEVISION...WHAT WAS YOUR TAKE ON THEM WHEN YOU MET THEM?
"These people are much stronger than we are. Obviously, we take what we do very seriously. But, what they're doing is at a whole different level when you talk about things that are serious. What they are doing compares to nothing we've ever done in our lives.
"They are so confident, but they are trained to do this. Obviously, they are putting their lives on the line for us. That's what people need to understand. They're fighting for our country. That says a lot. They've got a lot of guts - these men and women - and I honor them."