A United States Army-sponsored car, driven by Jerry Nadeau, will carry the number 01 on the NASCAR circuit throughout the year as a play on the tag line “Army of One.” The Pontiac’s colors will be black and gold.
“We chose the number 01 to reinforce our slogan,” said Lt. Gen. Dennis D. Cavin, commanding general of the U.S. Army Accessions Command. “The individual talents of each soldier are melded to create a single-minded team. NASCAR fans understand that kind of teamwork, because they see it in action every weekend in the pits. I firmly believe through our participation in NASCAR, they’ll begin to understand that the U.S. Army lives it every day.”
Nadeau’s crew chief is Ryan Pemberton, who is excited about the team.
“Being a new team, our learning curve is pretty steep right now,” Pemberton said. “Not only about the cars, equipment and facility, but also about each other’s jobs. We’re really trying to come together as a team, and the test sessions have helped tremendously.”
Meet the Driver
Hometown: Bangor, Maine.
Craven, who suffered a series of injuries that hampered his career in the late 1990s, logged his first Winston Cup victory in 2001 at Martinsville. He currently drives the Tide-sponsored car for PPI Motorsports and holds an annual snowmobile ride in Maine to raise money for various charities.