Back in 2005, the Bojangles’ Southern 500 was raced on Mother’s Day weekend for the first time. As part of the schedule change, many of the drivers’ mothers participate in pre-race ceremonies such as informing drivers to “start your engines.”
Krissie Newman, known as the First Lady of NASCAR to many, is one of the most well-known wives on the circuit. With all that she does, there’s no better time than Mother’s Day to profile Krissie, who became a mom on Nov. 18, 2010 when she and Ryan welcomed their first child, daughter Brooklyn Sage, to the world. Their second daughter is due in July.
The couple established the Ryan Newman Foundation in 2005, with aims to:
- Inform and inspire people to spay/neuter their pets and to welcome dogs and cats from animal shelters to their families
- Educate children and adults of the importance of conserving the environment so future generations can enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors
- Provide college scholarship funding through the Rich Volger Scholarship program to students interested in auto racing careers
As if being a full-time mom isn’t enough, Krissie also:
- Joins Ryan as a spokesperson for the National Spay Neuter Response Team (NSNRT)
- Volunteered in 2005 along with other Ryan Newman Motorsports employees to bring supplies for people and their pets after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast
- Speaks on behalf of the Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County (HPCIC)
- Helps raise the couple’s six dogs
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to applaud Krissie for all that she does and to wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day!