Motorsports Notebook

Motorsports Notebook: Jadotte nominated for position in White House

jutter@charlotteobserver.comMay 23, 2014 

Marcus Jadotte is going from the race track to the White House.

On Thursday, President Obama nominated Jadotte to the position of assistant secretary for industry and analysis in the Department of Commerce. Jadotte most recently served as the vice president of public affairs and multicultural development at NASCAR from 2011 to 2014.

Jadotte’s position will require Senate approval.

While at NASCAR, Jadotte led the development of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Pit Crew Development programs, which focus on developing the skills of promising female, Asian, Latino and African-American drivers and crew members in NASCAR. He held several other positions at NASCAR, including managing director of public affairs and senior manager of public relations.

Prior to joining NASCAR, Jadotte was chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from 2004 to 2005 and was deputy campaign manager for the Kerry/Edwards Presidential campaign.

Truck driver penalized: Part-time Truck series driver Jake Crum was informed this week that his Truck series license has been downgraded following his involvement in a wreck in March 16 Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Crum is ineligible to compete at tracks 1.5 mile and longer. He is approved to run tracks 1.25 miles or shorter and road courses.

“This is consistent with what we’ve done in the past for a situation like this. We have several options available – we can issue a penalty at the time, we can even suspend a driver,” said NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp.

“We believe this reaction is the best method to let the driver know that this type of behavior on a fast 1.5-mile race track is not acceptable.”

Crum appeared to intentionally slam into right-rear of driver Ryan Ellis’ truck on Lap 29 of the Charlotte race, sending Ellis into the outside wall. Neither driver was injured.

Fundraiser for veteran: On Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., luxury jewelry company David Yurman and former Cup series champion Brad Keselowski are hosting a charitable open house at the David Yurman store in SouthPark Mall in Charlotte.

In addition to the launch of its “Frontier Collection,” David Yurman and Keselowski have designed the event to support Charlotte resident and Purple Heart recipient Jacob Lerner.

Lerner is a 2013 honoree of Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation which supports military members, veterans, first-responders and their families, among others.

Pre-race tribute: A helicopter flyover, a vintage air parade and military demonstrations are planned for the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s pre-race salute to the troops on Sunday prior to the Coca-Cola 600.

Acclaimed musician Lee Greenwood will perform “God Bless the USA,” up to 2,000 troops will take part in the speedway’s Patriot Partners program and the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus will perform the national anthem. There will also be military vehicle displays and aerial stunt team demonstrations.

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