Jerry Nadeau in the 2000 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Jerry Nadeau (born September 9, 1970) is a race car driver from Danbury, Connecticut.
Nadeau competed in the
1994 Barber Dodge Pro Series and the 1996 Formula Opel Euroseries.
He then returned to the United States to race in
NASCAR's Winston Cup series in 1997. He initially struggled to qualify for races. By 1999 he had a solid ride with Hendrick Motorsports in a competitive car. He won the Fall Atlanta Motor Speedway race in 2000.
Nadeau almost repeated the feat at Atlanta the following fall, but ran out of gas just before the finish.
Bobby Labonte passed him and took the win.
Nadeau struggled for consistency after that, and was released from Hendrick in 2002. Later that year at
Infineon Raceway, Nadeau, driving the #44 car for Petty Enterprises, was leading the Dodge/Save Mart 350 late, but had car trouble and ended up losing the race to Ricky Rudd.
Nadeau started the 2003 season as the driver of the MB2/MBV Motorsports #01 U.S. Army Pontiac, but on
May 2 2003 he suffered a severe head injury in a crash at Richmond International Raceway and has not raced since.
Jerry Nadeau signed with the
Clay Andrews Racing Nationwide Series team as a consultant for the David Gilliland car in 2006.
Nadeau said in a
Speed Channel interview in May 2006 that he will "more than likely not race in a Cup car again."