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Fast track, proven racecar excite Nadeau. FONTANA, Calif. (April 23, 2003) - Going into this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup race at California Speedway, United States Army driver Jerry Nadeau is excited on two fronts - he not only likes to race on...

Fast track, proven racecar excite Nadeau.

FONTANA, Calif. (April 23, 2003) - Going into this weekend's NASCAR Winston Cup race at California Speedway, United States Army driver Jerry Nadeau is excited on two fronts - he not only likes to race on the 2.0-mile oval that resembles Michigan Speedway, but he is also looking forward to once again driving the car that produced his best finish of the 2003 season.

The in-house built car that Nadeau will pilot at the Auto Club 500 will be the same No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac Grand Prix that resulted in a fourth-place finish at the March 30th race at Texas Motor Speedway.

"California is a great track, real similar to Michigan, but it has a lot more grip," said the 32-year-old Nadeau. "It's a wide track, it's fast and there's plenty of opportunity to pass. Basically there are no tricks about the track. You need to stay clean, have good pit stops and be on your toes all day.

"I not only like everything about the California Speedway, I also like the thought of having the same car we raced with in Texas. Our goal for this weekend is to equal or do better than our Texas performance."

Crew chief Ryan Pemberton shares similar feelings about the Southern California facility.

"I personally feel good about the track," said Pemberton. "We know we can run at these types of tracks, but in the end you have to get the job done. Let's just say, I am cautiously optimistic about this weekend."

With one-quarter of the season completed (nine of the 36 point races), Nadeau, Pemberton and the entire U.S. Army team are upbeat, despite the problems and bad breaks that have confronted the team in the majority of the first nine races.

"I knew we were going to struggle a little early on because of being a new team," said Nadeau. "But the way I look at it is that we've been running strong but just haven't had the finishes we should have had. We've accomplished quite a bit in a short time - it just doesn't show in the points right now. We have a long ways to go and just have to keep our heads up. As long as we keep moving ahead, we'll be in good shape."

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