06/20/2007 at 06:00 PM EDT
Jeff Gordon and his Belgian model-actress wife, Ingrid Vandebosch, welcomed a daughter on Wednesday, the NASCAR driver announced on his Web site
Ella Sofia Gordon, the couple's first child, was born at 9:09 a.m. in New York and weighed 7 lbs, 1 oz.
"It's been an absolutely incredible experience," Gordon wrote in a message on his site. "Ingrid came through amazingly and we're both really happy and overjoyed. We can't wait to get home and start our lives together as a family."
Gordon, 35, and Vandebosch met in the summer of 2002 through mutual friends and began dating in the winter of 2005. They worked together on the 2004 movie Taxi
, in which Vandebosch played a bank robber and Gordon made an unbilled cameo appearance. They wed
in November 2006 in Mexico.
He announced the pregnancy
last December, saying, "Christmas came early for us."
Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will travel to Northern California for this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway.