Courtney Force and Graham Rahal announce the birth of their daughter, Harlan Ann

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Graham Rahal

One of the most famous couples in auto racing became first-time parents early Monday morning as Graham Rahal and wife Courtney Force announced the birth of a baby girl.

At 7 pounds, 13 ounces and 21.25 inches, Harlan Ann Rahal was born at 12:09 a.m. on Nov. 2, the couple both tweeted Thursday night while thanking the staff of Hoag Hospital in California.

Rahal reporting that mother and daughter were both safe and healthy while pronouncing his happiness at becoming a #GirlDad. Force posted that “Our world has forever changed & we are so in love w/our sweet girl!”

It capped an eventful week for the family, which had evacuated the Force compound in Yorba Linda, California, a week earlier on Oct. 26because of the Blue Ridge Fire that spread across more than 13,000 acres in Southern California.

Force, whose due date had been in November, also stayed active right up until childbirth, tweeting a photo Friday of joining her family (including legendary NHRA champion John Force) to vote at 39 weeks pregnant.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.