Army team excited about Nadeau's presence LOUDON, N.H. (July 16, 2003) - The United States Army NASCAR team will have a special visitor at this weekend's New England 300 here at New Hampshire International Speedway. The visitor, whose...
Army team excited about Nadeau's presence
LOUDON, N.H. (July 16, 2003) - The United States Army NASCAR team will have a special visitor at this weekend's New England 300 here at New Hampshire International Speedway.
The visitor, whose appearance will most likely offer an added inspiration to the team, will be Jerry Nadeau, driver of the black and gold No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac. The 32-year-old Danbury, Conn. native is currently on a recovery path from a May 2 accident at Richmond International Raceway where he sustained head, lung, shoulder and rib injuries.
Nadeau's appearance at Loudon will be his first race since the accident.
"We're all proud of Jerry," said crew chief Ryan Pemberton. "He has worked so hard in therapy to get to the level where he can attend a race. His presence will definitely give us a big lift."
Mike Wallace, who has been the team's substitute driver during Nadeau's recovery, shares Pemberton's feelings.
"First of all it shows that Jerry's recovery is getting better," said Wallace. "His presence will not only be good for the team, but it will be good for him. People want to see him and wish him the best and I am sure he has missed seeing everyone. Hopefully, Jerry's visit will turn our luck around."
Wallace is referring to the last two races in Daytona and Chicago where the 01 Pontiac got collected in each as a result of a multi-car crash.
"It's bound to turn in our favor," said Wallace, the middle of three racing brothers. "I look forward to New Hampshire - the track has been repaved and from what I have heard it has plenty of grip. That's good news. We're going to go after it and show that this U.S. Army team is better than the results of the last two weeks."
The New Hampshire race begins the second half of the 36-race Winston Cup points schedule.
"I think we've experienced every kind of emotion possible during the first half of the season," said Pemberton. "The excitement of the U.S. Army sponsorship, a new team, good, bad and unlucky races results, Jerry's accident, Jerry's recovery and working with different drivers in Jason Keller, Mike Wallace and Boris Said. It hasn't been dull."
Sunday's New England 300 will be televised on TNT, beginning with a 30-minute pre-race show at 1:30 p.m. EDT.