The next Earnhardt has finally arrived.
Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy announced via Twitter the birth of their daughter, Isla Rose Earnhardt. This is Earnhardt's first child.
Earnhardt had previously told the Observer that he hoped his daughter would be born on April 29th, so she would share a birthday with the late father of Earnhardt , Dale Sr. The late Earnhardt died in an accident at the last Daytona 500 in 2001.
"How nice would it be?" Dale Jr. said at the time. "I would like it very much."
Earnhardt announced his retirement from NASCAR in November after 19 years at NASCAR's flagship circuit, the Cup series. Between the time he announced his retirement last April and November, he repeated on several occasions that his desire to start a family was a key factor in his choice to retire. (He also struggled with brain concussions and recurring symptoms in his last two seasons.)
Earnhardt and his wife started dating in 2009 and were engaged in 2015. They got married on New Year's Eve in 2017, and then announced that Amy was pregnant in September.
It is time f or Earnhardt to start his last job, probably his hardest yet: to be a father.