Kevin and DeLana Harvick have shared the news of the birth of their first child. Keelan Paul Harvick was born on July 8, and his arrival was announced on the Harvick's official website. Although the driver secured a replacement for the Coke Zero 400 on July 7 in case his wife went into labor early, he was still able to compete and finish the race in 23rd place. Fans will have the opportunity to ask him questions during a live Twitter chat on July 11.
Kevin Harvick and DeLana Harvick turned to their website and Twitter accounts to share the news of their first son. DeLana has been keeping fans informed of her pregnancy, and both parents were using the hashtag #BabyOtis to describe him before he was born. Other drivers followed the name trend, and Kenny Wallace even tweeted a picture of an Otis van.
DeLana Harvick thanked fans on July 8 for "all the kind words" while Kevin made sure that everyone would say his son's name correctly by sharing it is "pronounced Keylan." The team's Twitter account also shared that Keelan will get to wear "the firesuit" now.
Kevin Harvick had an alternative plan prepared for the Coke Zero 400 on July 7. If his wife would have gone into labor, Kenny Wallace was ready to drive his car. NASCAR's temporary suspension of A.J. Allmendinger for failing a drug test actually caused some concern at the track. Penske Racing had asked Sam Hornish Jr. to be the replacement for Allmendinger. However, they also asked Kenny Wallace to drive in case Hornish was not able to arrive in time for the start of the race.
DeLana Harvick shared her stress on Twitter after learning that the precaution Kevin had taken by having Wallace at the track was being jeopardized. She posted that she hoped the baby would "stay put" and shared her relief after learning that Hornish arrived before the race began. She still hoped that the baby would "stick to the plan & wait," so Kevin could drive. Harvick finished the race in 23rd place and plans on having a live Twitter chat with fans on July 11.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.