Friday, May 2, 2003 – NASCAR premier series driver Jerry Nadeau, a one-time race winner, was critically injured in a crash during practice for the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The 32-year-old had to be cut from his Pontiac race car after it slammed into the outside wall in Turn 2. He was airlifted to the Medical College of Virginia.
• Nadeau, who had qualified 12th for the upcoming race prior to the crash, spun his No. 01 MBV Motorsports entry and the car struck the outside wall on the driver’s side.
• The Danbury, Conn., native sustained head, lung and rib injuries as a result of the crash, injuries that ended his driving career. He was wearing a head and neck restraining device, made mandatory following the 2001 death of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt.
• Nadeau made 177 starts from 1997-03. His lone career win came in the season-ending 2000 NAPA 500 while driving for Hendrick Motorsports. He also earned nine top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.
• In addition to his Cup effort, Nadeau also made eight starts in the Xfinity Series and one in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.