Racing dynasties have always played a major part in motorsports, from the Andrettis and Earnhardts to the Busch’s, Pettys to the Forces, and so forth. Now it looks as though Jeff Gordon’s daughter, 6-year old Ella Sofia may one day join the mix after she was seen taking her first lap turns behind the wheel of a quarter midget kart April 20th.
Although Jeff Gordon, himself, began his racing career as a 5-year-old, eventually progressing through the open-wheel ranks in USAC, and then making his NASCAR debut at 19-years old in 1990,” he admitted to being plenty nervous as he watched her.
"It terrified me," he admitted. "From a parent's standpoint, it's kind of tough to watch them go around there and not have any control of what's going on and know that it's all on them now. It's amazing the focus they can have at such a young age, to go on and do that, but at the same time you know all the things that can go wrong and that's kind of scary."
Still, he isn’t sure whether she has actually gotten the “racing bug” as yet, or was merely copying what her dad does.
“Honestly I think the only reason she's interested in it is because I'm her dad and she just wants to please me and wants to do something that I do, "he noted. "However, that's not all bad. It can be good as well. She's around it so much that it's hard for her not to be influenced by it and we don't want to keep her away from it if she wants to race."
For now Gordon and his wife, Ingrid, are willingly to let Ella Sofia set her own pace of interest in racing, the same they will do if and when their 3-year son old Leo decides he wants to “get behind the wheel” as well. They also stated that they are well aware of the types of pressure their kids could face on the track with having a 4-time champion father who now has 89 career NASCAR Sprint series wins.