BORN TO BE WILD: A baby born in the parking lot of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week was given a gift basket Sunday along with tickets for life to every NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the track.
Katie Ann Hebert, 9 days old, had a news conference in the track media center before Sunday’s race. Her mother, Shawna Arnold, said she was in labor and on her way to Concord General Hospital on Sept. 14 when her water broke in front of the race track. The baby’s father, Erik Hebert, pulled off the road into the track’s parking lot, which already had ambulances standing by in preparation for the race.
NHMS general manager Jerry Gappens said he believes “there are angels among us.”
“That was certainly the case last Friday when they gave birth a little miracle baby in our parking lot,” he said. “This was as good a place for it to happen because we had the people in place to help.”
It’s the third daughter for Arnold, 27, but the first outside of a hospital. Swaddled in pink, the baby was mostly quiet as her mother held her during their news conference on Sunday morning, a few hours before the race.
The family received a gift basket that included a pillow pet featuring the track mascot, Milo.