Jeff Gordon Says Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Daughter on a Way May Become a Racing Driver: ‘It Wouldn’t Surprise Me’

NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon believes that Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s initial child might follow in her family’s rapid footsteps.

“His sister races, we consider his niece has raced, so it wouldn’t warn me,” he told PEOPLE exclusively during a Angel Ball 2017 during Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Monday night.

Stock automobile racing champ Earnhardt, 43, and his mother Amy are due in May. Says Gordon, 46, “I indeed got to see him a day after he announced it and we saw a fad so that’s really cool.”

“We’re happy for them, and it’s going to be a smashing time,” he adds of himself and mother Ingrid, who share dual children of their own: son Leo Benjamin, 7, and daughter Ella Sofia, 10.

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Excited to share a smashing news that @mrsamyearnhardt and we are awaiting a initial child. A small girl!!!! We are both anxious and can’t wait to accommodate her.

A post common by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@dalejr) on Oct 16, 2017 during 1:16pm PDT

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Earnhardt, who is retiring from full-time Cup Series racing after a deteriorate culmination Nov. 19, was married on New Year’s Eve — and Gordon touches on a countless changes in a newlyweds’ lives.

“Being newly married and during this theatre in his life, he has this whole second theatre in his life that he has to demeanour brazen to now,” Gordon says. “Having a child now, that’s exciting, and we know he’s prepared for it — both of them are.”

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Did Earnhardt and Amy have a report adult their sleeves?

“I don’t know if he designed it this way,” says Gordon, “but to be means to step out of a pushing side of it and retire from pushing and afterwards have a child, positively we need all a time we can get taking caring of children, so that will do that for him.”

Gordon’s mother doesn’t trust in dispensing advice, though. Ingrid encourages the parents-to-be to learn on a spot, saying, “You find out as we go!”