JAY FRYE , GENERAL MANAGER, MB2/MBV MOTORSPORTS: COMMENTS REGARDING JERRY NADEAU'S ACCIDENT DURING HAPPY HOUR ON FRIDAY AT RICHMOND "Jerry and Jada's family are all with him. Jada's mom and the baby are still in Spartanburg. They're coming up...
JAY FRYE , GENERAL MANAGER, MB2/MBV MOTORSPORTS:
COMMENTS REGARDING JERRY NADEAU'S ACCIDENT DURING HAPPY HOUR ON FRIDAY AT RICHMOND
"Jerry and Jada's family are all with him. Jada's mom and the baby are still in Spartanburg. They're coming up tomorrow.
"NASCAR has been phenomenal. The sport has been phenomenal - like normal - when there has been a problem. We've had calls for airplanes, food, rooms - whatever you need, which is a great feeling to have that kind of support, which we all know about.
"Jerry's vital signs are very good. He remains in critical condition with head, lung and rib injuries. His evaluation is ongoing, which is standard operating procedure for the hospital. The hospital has been phenomenal - everything they've done. He's in great, great care.
"I saw him twice yesterday. I saw him when they got him there and I saw him last night - late - and then, this morning I saw him. He looks great. He looks phenomenal.
"I'm not a doctor. Right now they're doing a lot of tests, a lot of evaluations today - so, we really don't know much more than that about his condition, except what we've been able to announce."
THERE ARE RUMORS ABOUT HIM BEING IN AN INDUCED COMA...
"With all the testing they're doing, they have him sedated. They don't want him moving around, so that's it. He's sedated."
HOW DID HE LOOK TO YOU?
"He looked great. Once I went in to see him and left, it made a world of difference to me. You go in not knowing what to expect. Then you see - 'There's your guy. Everything is OK. He's going to be fine.' Again, I'm not a doctor. We don't know that. He's in critical condition.
DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG HE'LL BE IN RICHMOND?
"No. I think a lot of that will be told tonight or in the morning. I think part of it is that they are doing some tests over, confirming things. They were doing more tests today."
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED?
"All we saw - as soon as it happened we went to the infield care center. I haven't seen a replay. We were standing on top of the truck. It appeared that the car started to come around. When a car comes around, the driver naturally mats the gas to keep it off the wall. It looked like that helped accelerate it going backwards. Instead of a four-wheel backwards slide, there was a two-wheel brake slide with the rear wheels being lit up, which they didn't grip. Again, that is my speculation. I have no idea."
DO YOU KNOW IF THERE WAS ANY TYPE OF MECHANICAL PROBLEM WITH THE CAR?
"No. Every indication we have is that there was nothing mechanical that happened. We were having a great practice. We were going very fast. It was just one of those things that happened. It was an accident."
HOW HARD IS IT FOR THE TEAM TO JUST PICK UP AND GET BACK TO WORK?
"Sometimes, as you know, when you go through a difficult time, being busy is better. When everything happened, (crew chief) Ryan Pemberton went over to the hospital with me. When everything was going on, I kept getting with him and saying, 'OK, here's the plan - we have plan A, B, C and D. I'm going to go do this. While I'm doing that, you go do this. Then, call me - keep communications open on what you've done.'
ON PICKING JASON KELLER TO SUBSTITUTE TONIGHT
"Obviously with Jerry, you can cut three-quarters of the field down because of his size. It's like, 'Who will fit,' is the first thing as a backup driver. Jason is a smaller guy. We're very excited to have somebody with his ability tonight. We think we're going to have a good night. That is part of what we do and it's part of what Jerry Nadeau would want us to be doing tonight. We want to have a good night. We're planning on having a good night."
WAS THERE A POINT LAST NIGHT WHERE THINGS STARTED LOOKING BETTER?
"We were very encouraged because when we got to the hospital we didn't know. The infield care center was great. The ISC folks were awesome, providing us information, helping us. But, nobody knew because he got there and he was gone (in with the doctors at the hospital). Once we got to the hospital, they were doing there tests, they were working on him. Nobody was coming in all the time; his wife wasn't there, yet, so there was probably a three-hour period where we weren't sure what was going on. Obviously, when that is happening - what do you assume? The worst. Well, then a doctor came in with a smile and it was like, 'OK, here's the deal.' It made us all feel a lot better. Obviously, he is hurt. But, it didn't seem like what we thought it could have been."
ON THE EFFORT TO GET JADA NADEAU HERE LAST NIGHT
"We sent a plane originally just because of what happened. At the infield care center there are all kinds of things going on. The crew chief...'Well, you've got to go get this, this and this done...' Then, here comes spouses or family or whatever, so how does that work? Well, that was one thing -- Johnny Benson came over and his plane - he had it ready to go already for Jerry. Michelle Green was gracious enough to get on the plane to go meet with her. Well, they had to land in Raleigh because the weather was so bad. Once that happened we got in touch with NASCAR. NASCAR's plane was able to go up and over, so they went down and picked her up in Spartanburg and got her back here about 11 p.m."
HAVE ANY OTHER DRIVERS SAID ANYTHING TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERN RO COME TO THE HOSPITAL?
"Bunches. Rick Hendrick, who is a great, great friend of our team - 'whatever we needed.' NASCAR was 'whatever we needed.' Kyle Petty came over, Kenny Schrader has called, John Andretti has called. We have a whole list. I'm missing people here I'm sure. Mike Helton has called numerous times, George Pyne, Jim Hunter - it got to the point last night at some times where there was so much going on that you felt bad not being able to talk to people.
"The hospital was wonderful. They had us a place - like a big conference room - and we're still in it. It's kind of our room."
HOW IS JADA DOING?
"Jada is going great. Part of the deal when she got there, too - assuming, not sure, whatever. When she went to see him - from what I saw - her seeing him and coming out, she was encouraged. Again, you don't know what to expect. All you've got - we're not doctors - we just saw him. He looks good."
HOW LONG WERE YOU AT THE HOSPITAL WITH HIM?
"We got there about 5:30 p.m. - when they got him there. Then, we left at 3 a.m. and then went back this morning at 9 (a.m.) and just left about 3:30 (p.m.)."
WHAT IS THE PLAN AFTER TONIGHT'S RACE?) "We'll evaluate everything else tonight, tomorrow, Monday - the next step. We plan on going to all the races. We've got to continue and that's the way he would want it to be, too."
ON THE TRIP JERRY WAS INVOLVED IN THIS WEEK TO WALTER REED HOSPITAL
"The Army has been great. There has been a three-star general and a four-star general come over to visit him. It's ironic that he was at Walter Reed Wednesday and saw...the spirit of these young solders who have been injured. There was no feeling sorry for yourself. There was none of that. They're ready to go back. Maybe that is a blessing in disguise that he saw that. Now, he's going to have some of the same struggles that maybe some of them are having. We saw their attitude and he is the same type kid. He's feisty. He's a winner. He's hard-headed and he'll be back. He's going to be great."