It is hard to believe we have not seen Jerry Nadeau in a Sprint Cup car for 10 years now. After a wreck at Richmond in 2003, his racing career was ended most likely forever.
The date was May 2nd, 2003 and Jerry Nadeau was out on the track for Winston (Now Sprint) Cup practice. As he headed into turn one the car spun around and Nadeau hit the wall drivers side at a very high-speed. The accident left Nadeau with a fractured skull, concussion, several broken ribs and almost complete immobility of the left side of his body. The crash was the hardest impact measured by a NASCAR black-box data recorder at the time. The crash happened only months before Richmond installed SAFER barriers at the track.
Today Jerry Nadeau is a completely different person. He is sometimes a mentor to drivers coming up through the ranks of NASCAR. He still wants to race but is unable too because of the injuries. Nadeau has made enough money while he was racing in Cup series to live off of it. He says that his daughter is his entire life now and that she is more important to him than anything else. When asked about racing again he said:
“I still love racing, everything about it, and would still be doing it if I could.”
The fact that his career ended at the age off 33 really frustrates him he said in a recent interview. The closest thing he does to racing in Cup today is racing on simulators like iracing. Jerry is no doubt very lucky to still be alive and it is a shame for a great driver like him to have a career ending injury. He won one Sprint Cup Series race which came at Atlanta in 2000.