Kids at the wheel

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 06: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, signs his autograph for fans in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA - JUNE 06:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, signs his autograph for fans in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
LONG POND, PA – JUNE 06: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, signs his autograph for fans in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 6, 2014 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

LONG POND, Pennsylvania. – Jeff Gordon told NASCAR.com this week that watching his 6-year-old daughter Ella Sofia driving a quarter midget go kart “terrified” him. “From a parent’s standpoint,” he said, “it’s kind of tough to watch them go around there and not have any control of what’s going on.”

But Jimmie Johnson said Friday that he’s “definitely entertaining” thoughts of putting his 3-year-old daughter Genevieve behind the wheel of quarter midgets and go karts.

“In our race shop, a lot of our crewmen have their kids in karts, so I’ve considered it,” Johnson said. “I’ve been serving it (the idea) up to (wife) Chani and she’s semi-OK with it.  Genevieve is all about it. She’s been very responsible on her four-wheeler. So, now, if I can find a pink go kart, I think she’s in.”

Genevieve will turn 4 in July.

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