The NASCAR racer's 2-year-old girl is dad's biggest fan

By Linda Marx
Updated August 10, 2009 08:00 AM

NASCAR star Jeff Gordon s daughter Ella Sofia, who turned 2 in June, isn t sure what her daddy does at the track, but she recognizes that his work involves sitting behind the wheel.

“She knows that I have a race car for work and when she sees [one] at the track she says, ‘Go papa go!’ ” Gordon, 38, told PEOPLE’s Celebrity Baby Blog late last week at The Glen in Watkins Glen, N.Y., where he was preparing to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Ella planned to be on the sidelines “cheering him on” during Monday’s race, after being rained out Sunday.

Despite the joys of having his own personal pep rally, Jeff, who is recovering from back pain, is not quite ready to expand the cheering section.

“Ingrid is a great mom and we both really want another child, but we are still adjusting to Ella so it may be awhile,” he admits. “We will be happy with either a boy or a girl. We aren t picky. We have such great moments with our girl.”