U.S. Army Team debut with Nadeau at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2003) - Along with the U.S. Army's NACSAR debut in Winston Cup racing comes the opportunity for race fans to connect with soldiers and celebrate America's military history through pageantry. During the 45th...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2003) - Along with the U.S. Army's NACSAR debut in Winston Cup racing comes the opportunity for race fans to connect with soldiers and celebrate America's military history through pageantry. During the 45th running of the Daytona 500, the Army is launching its "Support Your Soldiers" postcard campaign and showcasing the musical and historical Flag Story.

Throughout the racing weekend, NASCAR fans will be able to stop by the Army Interactive area or one of seven satellite locations and send a message of support to any soldier deployed on a unique Army Racing postcard. The Army will collect the postcards, featuring the Army "01" Pontiac driven by Jerry Nadeau, and distribute them to soldiers overseas.

"This is a meaningful way for NASCAR fans to show how much they care and appreciate everything our soldiers are doing to preserve freedom across the globe," said Lt. Gen. Dennis D. Cavin, commanding general, for the U.S. Army Accessions Command. "A message from home means so much to the men and women deployed overseas, and Jerry is just the kind of representative we want leading the effort."

In late December, Nadeau visited soldiers in Afghanistan and Kuwait along with Army NHRA Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher and fellow NASCAR veteran Geoff Bodine.

"Spending time with soldiers in Afghanistan was a transforming experience for me," Nadeau said. "My father served in the Army, so I understand their values. But seeing those values in action was incredible and provided a vision of what the Army 01 racing team should be."

The Flag Story features more than 100 soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) Fort Myer, Va., dressed in period uniforms and in ceremonial dress blues carrying state and territorial flags.

A fast-paced travel through the growth of a nation, the Flag Story outlines the history and role of the United States Army. The program features soldiers in period uniforms from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and ongoing missions.

"One of the great benefits fans get from our partnership with NASCAR is the opportunity to showcase these stirring programs," said Lt. Gen. Cavin. "The Flag Story is an opportunity to see the history of the United States through the eyes of the millions of young soldiers whose dedication and sacrifice ensured the freedoms we all enjoy."

For more information about the U.S. Army and its racing programs visit WWW.GOARMY.COM.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Jerry Nadeau