NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau critically injured during practice crash
Nadeau injured in practice crash
RICHMOND, Va. -- Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau was critically injured when he crashed in practice Friday at Richmond International Raceway.
The 32-year-old driver from Danbury, Conn., did not appear to be moving when he was removed from his car strapped to a body board. He was being fed oxygen through a bag when he was placed in the ambulance.
NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said Nadeau was in critical condition at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in Richmond. But he had no information on the nature of the driver's injuries.
Hunter said NASCAR had someone at the hospital with Nadeau, but the representative could not provide any further information because Nadeau's wife, Jada, had not yet arrived.
Nadeau, driver of the No. 01 Army Pontiac, dove low into Turn 1 early in the session when the back end broke loose and sent him hard into the wall on the driver's side between Turns 1 and 2.
Nadeau was taken to the infield care center for some 30 minutes before being air lifted out of the track for further evaluation.
"We will keep you updated as the evening progresses and we get additional information from the hospital," Hunter said. "That's all we know right now."
Busch Series driver Jason Keller took over driving duties in the No. 01 Pontiac for Friday's final practice.