DANBURY, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Danbury’s Jerry Nadeau!
Nadeau, who has owned a home in Danbury, turns 44 on Tuesday. The retired race car driver was born Sept. 9, 1970, in Danbury.
Nadeau was the winner of the 1992 Skip Barber Scholarship. He also competed in the Zerex-Saab Pro Series in 1993 and 1994
His NASCAR career began in 1995 in the Busch Series, driving the No. 15 Ford Thunderbird for T&G Racing.
He competed in the 1994 Barber Dodge Pro Series and the 1996 Formula Opel Euroseries.
After returning from racing in Europe in 1997, he moved to the Winston Cup Series, and signed a five-race contract with Precision Products Racing to replace Morgan Shepherd in the #1 R+L Carriers/Cruisin' America Pontiac Grand Prix.
He made all five races, including a ninth-place qualification at New Hampshire International Speedway.
In 1998, he signed up to drive a full schedule in Winston Cup with Bill Elliott Racing to drive the #13 FirstPlus Financial Ford for a car owned by Dan Marino.
Nadeau returned to Melling in 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, earning his first Top-10 finish at Talladega Superspeedway.
In 2000, he drove the #25 Michael Holigan Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, and after two fourth-place finishes, won the season-ending NAPA 500.
He worked with the Clay Andrews Racing Busch Series team as a mentor for rookie David Gilliland in 2006, who went on to win the Meijer 300 and earned a ride with Robert Yates Racing later that season.
For 2011, Nadeau became a mentor to truck series rookie Jeffrey Earnhardt, son of Kerry and grandson of Dale.
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