NASCAR's 'Pregnancy Pact'

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IFebruary 5, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 04:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Dupont Chevrolet, is interviewed during NASCAR media day at Daytona International Speedway on February 4, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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While the NASCAR wives may not have formed a "pact", there certainly is a pack of them that are expecting new additions. 

The most recent baby announcement came at NASCAR media day today. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon revealed that he and his wife Ingrid are expecting their second child.

"Ingrid is 12 weeks pregnant and expecting our second child," Gordon said. "We're very excited and can't wait to expand our family to four."

Gordon already has a two and a half year old daughter Ella Sofia. The family is looking forward to welcoming their newest addition in August.

"Ella is also very excited and can't stop talking about how much she's looking forward to being a big sister," Gordon said.

Gordon's teammate and reigning NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife Chandra are also a part of the 'pact'. They are expecting their first child, due sometime in July.

NASCAR fans are also getting a first-hand glimpse into the Johnson's lives as prospective parents in the HBO special 24/7 Jimmie Johnson: The Road to Daytona . While the four-part series chronicles Johnson's life on the track, it also has highlighted the Johnsons as they cope with Chandra's pregnancy, especially her morning sickness.

“I didn’t realize that morning sickness was really an all-day sickness,” Johnson said. “It’s not just that it’s in the a.m.”

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Johnson's wife Channi, as he affectionately calls her, seems to be doing better at present. While she still has trouble with the smells of some foods, she has successfully dealt with the effects of morning sickness through the use of acupuncture.

The pregnancy 'pact' is not just limited to Hendrick Motor Sports. Earnhardt Ganassi driver Juan Pablo Montoya also recently revealed that he and his wife Connie are expecting their third child.

In fact, JPM, who is known for his Twitter addiction, "tweeted" his good news.  “By the way the wife is pregnant with our third child!!!" JPM said in his tweet. "Very happy about it!!!!”

Montoya's baby is also due in July, as is Jimmie Johnson's child. Montoya's newest addition, however, will be joining his other two children, Sebastian, age 5, and Paulina, age 3.

There are two NASCAR drivers in the 'pact' who actually have babies due this month, just as the NASCAR 2010 season kicks off. Carl Edwards and his wife Kate are expecting their first child, due three weeks after the Daytona 500.

In fact, Edwards has joked that, with his wife due so close to the first race, they might just name his first child, a girl, after the race.

"We couldn't have scheduled it any better," Edwards said. "Perfect timing; we'll call her Daytona!"

Edwards revealed that it was love at first sight between him and his little girl. Once he saw the ultrasound of her, he was smitten.

"I had seen all the pictures of what the baby was supposed to look like," Edwards said.  "All of a sudden she started moving and I almost passed out. It was just wild."

During media day today, Edwards said that he was hoping his wife could manage to hold off on the delivery until after he had finished racing. "I want to win the Daytona 500 and then go have this baby," Edwards said.

The final NASCAR driver in the 'pact' is Elliott Sadler. He and his wife Amanda are expecting their first child, a boy, in early March.

“The Sadler name lives on,” Sadler "tweeted" when he announced the news.  “My dad gets his first grandson.”

For these NASCAR drivers and their wives, the pregnancy 'pact' indeed seems to be in play. And perhaps there may just be some other announcements of those "in the family way" to come.

But for those drivers' wives who are not a part of the 'pact', there can only be one piece of advice. Ladies, definitely don't drink the water.

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