Former open-wheel and NASCAR Cup Series driver Jerry Nadeau has been hired as the driving coach for Jeffrey Earnhardt's rookie season in the Camping World Truck Series.
Nadeau will be mentoring Earnhardt not only on track at the races, but off track as well. Jeffrey's grandfather, Dale Earnhardt, raced against Nadeau on many occasions with Nadeau winning the last race Earnhardt competed in prior to the Daytona 500 which claimed his life.
Nadeau experienced a near-fatal wreck on May 2, 2003, during a practice session at Richmond International Raceway for the Pontiac Excitement 400. Nadeau suffered complete immobility of the left side of his body, a skull fracture, concussion and several broken ribs.
Nadeau no longer races but has taken on the role of mentor before. In 2006, Nadeau worked with rookie David Gilliland, who went on to win the Meijer 300 in the Nationwide Series.
"I see the raw talent in Jeffrey and I feel that with the proper guidance he can be taken to the top of the sport," Nadeau said. "I think my experience helping other drivers and as a former driver myself, this will provide good insight for Jeffrey on the track. Jeffrey is a talented driver and just needs a little coaching and someone who can pull the reins on him when needed. This should be a fun season and I'm excited to work with him."
Jeffrey Earnhardt will be competing in a full season in the Truck Series in the No. 1 Rick Ware Racing Chevy and is very happy to have Nadeau on board.
"I'm excited to have Jerry with us to work with me as a mentor and driver coach," Earnhardt said. "I think he will be instrumental in shortening my learning curve as a driver."
Jeffrey will be racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 29, as well as the Truck race on Feb. 18, the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's last race.