Friday, August 1, 2008
Nascar's Hot Wives and Girlfriends
Jeff Gordon and Ingrid Vandebosch
Although Jeff Gordon and Belgian model Ingrid Vandebosch were introduced in 2002, he was married at the time and they didn't start dating until nearly two and a half years later. The two married in November of 2006 and welcomed their first child, Ella Sofia, on June 20, 2007.
Jimmie and Chandra Johnson
Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon may battle on the track, but Johnson owes his biggest off-track victory to his teammate and rival. Gordon introduced Johnson to Chandra in 2002. He proposed on the top of a mountain in Beaver Creek in December 2003, and they were married in December of 2004.
Tony Stewart and Tara Roquemore
Tony Stewart and Tara Roquemore have had an on-again, off-again relationship for awhile. Tara, a former marketing assistant for Tony's major sponsor, Home Depot, and Stewart broke up in the first half of 2007. When she appeared with Stewart at the Daytona 500 in 2008, however, it caused speculation about their relationship. Stewart later confirmed that they are once again a couple.
Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd
Actress Ashley Judd married Dario Franchitti in 2001 at Skibo Castle in Scotland, the same venue that hosted Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie and Ewan McGregor's nuptials.
Greg Biffle and Nicole Lunders
Greg Biffle has been married to his wife Nicole Lunders since October of 2007. She's a devoted animal lover and very involved in her husband's foundation supporting humane society programs. That protective nature also apparently carries over to watching Greg on the track, however, as in 2006 Nicole berated Kurt Busch's fiancee Eva Bryan after Busch wrecked Biffle.
Kurt and Eva Busch
Kurt Busch met Eva Bryan on a blind date. Eva believed Busch was a veterinarian because the friend who set them up worried she wouldn't want to meet a racecar driver.
Michael and Buffy Waltrip
When Buffy was still in college, she met Michael Waltrip at a NASCAR-themed eatery frequented by many drivers. They didn't start dating, however, for a few more years when she finally agreed to go out with him. The day of their date he was in a bad wreck, and she rushed to the hospital to be with him. Still, it was another month before she agreed to be his girlfriend. They married in 1993 and have one daughter together (Michael has one daughter from a previous relationship). Buffy is a co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing.
Ryan and Krissie Newman
A clerk for a North Carolina judge when her grandmother set her up on a blind date with Ryan Newman in 2001, Krissie reportedly had no clue what a stock car was. She now attends most every race since marrying Newman in 2004. The Newmans manage the Ryan Newman Foundation, which focuses on helping shelters and pounds provide care for abandoned dogs and cats.