Friday, November 19, 2010

Ryan and Krissie Newman welcome first child

Bobby Allison speaks with Ryan and Krissie Newman earlier this month at Darlington Raceway
in a ceremony remembering Jim Hunter. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Ryan Newman and his wife Krissie will end the NASCAR season as first-time parents. The Newmans welcomed daughter Brooklyn Sage on Thursday, Nov. 18.

Ryan announced the birth on his Twitter page:

RyanNewman39: We have a little baby girl! Mom and baby are both doing great! Our beautiful baby girl is named Brooklyn Sage Newman!

The Newmans were married in 2004. Ryan announced Krissie's pregnancy during the Brickyard 400 race weekend in July.

Last weekend while Ryan was racing at Phoenix, Krissie remained in North Carolina, awaiting the birth of their child. Ron Hornaday Jr. stepped in to practice Newman's No. 39 Sprint Cup car in case the expectant father was called away for the birth.

The Newmans are the latest to give birth in a NASCAR baby boom. During the season, drivers Elliot Sadler, Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Brendan Gaughan welcomed new additions to their families.

The baby boom will continue into the off-season. Jamie McMurray, Sam Hornish Jr. and Speed TV journalist Wendy Venturini are expecting babies next month.

You can learn more about Krissie Newman by reading her one-on-one interview with Skirts and Scuffs for our Woman in NASCAR Series.

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