Andy O’Gara got an early Father’s Day gift June 14 when he arrived home from the hospital with his wife, Sarah Fisher, and the newest addition to their family, Daniel James O’Gara, born June 12 in Indianapolis.
“It’s nice to be home. It’s nice to sit in our own chairs and see him lay down in his own bed in his own room,” said O’Gara, the general manager of the Verizon IndyCar Series team, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. “It’s pretty special to get the opportunity to bring him home before Father’s Day.”
The littlest O’Gara, who weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces at birth, has a lively new room. Fisher gave it a surfing theme and decorated with boards, palm trees and images of vintage woodie cars and hot rods.
“She wanted to do something with cars but not necessarily motorsports-related,” said O’Gara. “Our favorite thing to do outside of racing is go to the lake and water.”
The family was lucky when Daniel James arrived during the two-week break in the schedule, said O’Gara, who is heading back to work on June 16. Still, he said, the family has leaned on their team as they prepared for the baby’s arrival.
“We try to maintain the family atmosphere that we built the organization on seven years ago,” said O’Gara. “It comes back to you tenfold when you really need it and it will come back to them, as well.”
Daniel James joins his big sister Zoey, who is 2.
“She is still a little timid. When he cries she goes up to him and tells him ‘it’s OK,’” O’Gara said. “She is really all we’ve ever had (so) it will rock her boat sooner or later. But she’s doing well with it.”