Nadeau Heading Home

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - U.S. Army/MB2 NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau was discharged today (Friday) as an inpatient from the Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation (CIR). He will continue his recovery as an outpatient at CIR with a current rehabilitation schedule of five days per week.

"Jerry will continue with a similar course of treatment, including physical, occupational and speech therapy," said Dr. David Wiercisiewski (Wur-cha-SHEF-ski), a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at CIR.

"He has worked very hard since he arrived here and his progress has been significant. Jerry, his family, and I are all very encouraged by what he has accomplished."

Nadeau, 32, suffered a moderate to severe head injury, a fractured left scapula (shoulder blade) and injuries to the left-side lung and ribs in a May 2 accident during a Winston Cup practice at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. He was hospitalized at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center until his transfer to CIR May 26.

"This is another hurdle in the remarkable progress Jerry has made since his accident," said Jay Frye, general manager of MB2 Motorsports. "In my visits with Jerry it is very evident that he is determined to make a full recovery."

The Charlotte Institute of Rehabilitation is a 133 bed facility specializing in rehabilitation of patients who have suffered traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or stroke, as well as other physically debilitating medical conditions. It is a facility of Carolinas HealthCare System.

Carolinas HealthCare System is a not-for-profit, self-supporting public organization. Carolinas HealthCare offers a wide variety of health and human services to residents of both North and South Carolina.

Said to drive U.S. Army Pontiac at Infineon Raceway
Road course specialist Boris Said has been named by MB2 Motorsports to drive the No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac in the June 22 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

One of the leading national and international sports car drivers, Said has competed in seven career Winston Cup races. Six of his seven starts have come at NASCAR's two road courses -- Infineon Raceway (2000, 2001, 2002) and Watkins Glen (1999, 2001, 2002). His other start was at Homestead Miami Speedway in 1999.

"Just like Jerry, Boris has established a reputation as a NASCAR road racing expert," said Jay Frye, general manager of MB2 Motorsports. "We are excited that he has agreed to fill in for Jerry at Infineon Raceway. Boris' experience as a sports car racer will give us an excellent opportunity to have a competitive weekend at the first road course of the season."

Said, of Carlsbad, Calif., has enjoyed success at Infineon Raceway. As a NASCAR driver, he finished 11th in the 2001 Winston Cup race and won the 1998 Craftsman Truck event. As a sports car racer in the American Le Mans Series, he won at Infineon in 2000 and was runner-up in 2001.

"This is a bittersweet circumstance," explained Said. "Half of me is excited as hell because I love racing Winston Cup -- it has the best competition in the world. But the other half of me feels bad because of what happened to Jerry. I hate to see him hurt -- we are both from Connecticut and have known each other for a long time.

"I have also known Ryan (crew chief Ryan Pemberton) and Jay (team general manager Jay Frye) for a long time and I am looking forward to working with them. I am also looking forward to driving the Army car. I'm a very patriotic person and it's going to be an honor to drive that car."

Said, the 2002 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans Am Series champion (eight wins in 11 races), is scheduled to test the U.S. Army road course car June 9 at Virginia International Raceway.

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