Pruett Ready to Fill in Should Baby Duty Call Gordon
By Raygan Swan - NASCAR.com
For most women, birthing plans include a selection of soothing music to be played in the delivery room, a focal point for when things get rough and maybe some scented oils.
They typically do not include finding a highly decorated road-course racer to fill in for your birthing coach in his day job on race day.
That's only if you're Ingrid Vandebosch -- wife of Jeff Gordon -- who is expected to deliver the family's second child any day now.
"On the down low, I'm hoping she goes into labor," said Scott Pruett, the aforementioned racer tapped to fill in for the driver of the iconic No. 24 this weekend at Watkins Glen International. That is, of course, should Ingrid go into labor.
And to say that Pruett has experience at the Glen, or any road course for that matter, is an understatement. Racing for Chip Ganassi on the Cup Series side, Pruett has four top-10 finishes in five career races at Watkins Glen. On the Grand-Am side, he and teammate Memo Rojas won the past three runnings of the Sahlen's Six Hours, while Pruett and Luis Diaz won the 2006 Crown Royal 200.
Racing statistics aside, Pruett is more experienced with the concept of driving while expecting.
Being a father of three young children, Pruett is familiar with pondering conception dates and anticipating arrival times -- all while factoring in his job as a racer, which can conflict with a father's duties in the delivery room.
Fortunately for Pruett and his wife Judy, it was never an issue, but they came close.
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