The Brack family welcomed daughter Karma into the fold at 6:31PM on New Year's Eve at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. She is the first child for driver Kenny Brack and his wife Anita and holds dual American and Swedish citizenship.

Karma weighed in at 6.82 pounds at the time of birth and was 45.7 centimeters in length, or just under 18 inches. Mother and child are doing well, according to Brack, who was in the same hospital - a few floors up from Anita - for gall bladder removal surgery, "after having quite a few attacks since the accident in October," Kenny said.

Kenny Brack suffered injuries to his back, sternum, and lower extremities when his #15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Dallara/Honda touched wheels with Tomas Scheckter in the closing laps of the Chevy 500K Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season finale race at Texas Motor Speedway.

"Everything went very well, without any complications except that I could not be there to assist," Brack joked, "or maybe that's why it went so well! Luckily we had a good friend there" to assist Anita in childbirth.

The proud father remarked his daughter is, "Blonde as could be with blue eyes (which made me feel a lot better than if she would have popped our dark-skinned)." He expected to spend some time with Anita and Karma a few hours after the birth and before the change of years from 2003 to 2004 "so we can celebrate together.

"This will be exciting," he remarked, "as so far I've only seen the new family member on video from the delivery room."

Brack is able to use crutches to navigate around his suburban Columbus home as surgeons have permitted him to put weight on his recovering legs. Kenny is looking forward to spending more time with his family as the new year begins.

"What a great ending on an otherwise somewhat challenging year," he remarked - with tongue firmly in cheek - in a notice to fans and friends on his website: