Jimmie Johnson: My Daughter Is a Big Fan – of Taylor Swift

02/05/2013 at 12:05 PM ET

Jimmie Johnson: Daughter Is Taylor Swift Fan
Courtesy Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson has sent the checkered flag waving too many times to count, but the dad’s latest competitor may be too tough to beat.

While his daughter Genevieve Marie shows interest in his race cars, the NASCAR champ admits her latest fan loyalties lie with Taylor Swift.

“She loves music. Anytime we’re in the car, she’s asking for [Taylor],” Johnson told PEOPLE Jan. 28 at a New York City photo shoot for ESPN The Magazine‘s upcoming music issue, which hits newsstands Friday.

“She knows the name of the songs she wants to hear.”

While her dad is revving it up on the racetrack, Genevieve prefers to spend time playing with princesses and all things pink. “She is all girl … and I mean everything,” he says. “Down to her plate and her fork — it is all princesses [and] Cinderella.”

The only thing balancing out the 2¬Ĺ-year-old’s fairytale collection? Her mini Matchbox¬†replica of Johnson’s race car.

“She knows about my race car and watches racing and always asks, ‘Daddy’s race?’ I’m like, ‘No, wrong car, wrong style of race car,'” he shares. “She has a little race car of mine that she’ll carry around … [it’s] the one part she has [that’s not girlie].”

Jimmie Johnson: Daughter Is Taylor Swift Fan
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— Anya Leon with reporting by Michelle Ward

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Paige on

So cute! Really like Jimmie Johnson especially now that he’s a family man.

Bonnie on

Now that’s a huge compliment to have a 2 1/2 year old as a fan!

Kim on

His little girl was adorable when he won the Brickyard 400. They were trying to get her to kiss the bricks with everyone else and she wanted no part of it. Smart little girl. LOL!

me on

of course she is, she is 2 and she likes barney too. Understandable they sound alike.

Leslie on

Love Jimmie…great family man…

Gina Epley on

Evie is sooo cute….. and so is her daddy!!! He’s my favorite driver!!!!

Kristen on

Poor little girl, Taylor Swift is a desperate little troll. I can think of a handful of other female singers that would be better suited. Or, as “Me” said- just stick to Barney. You can assume that Barney’s never slept with any of the cast of the show. Taylor…yeah she’s a mess.

Amanda on

I’m sorry but that’s wrong if your 2 1/2 year old listens to Taylor swift. Doesn’t he realize the songs are about heartache. Some of aren’t buy most are. At the daughters she should be listening to songs about friends, getting along, and family. I was into Barney at that age. I never got into real much until I was 4 when I got my first Britney Spears cd. But 2 1/2 is young. I guess that’s what happens when the nanny takes care of u.

Gina Epley on

There is No nanny, housekeeper, butler, chef or anything like that! They do everything theirself… FYI alot of the times Evie is at the track with her mom and dad.

Hmmmm on

Taylor Swift at 2 1/2is far more appropriate then Britney Spears at 4…

48fan on

Love Jimmie!! Can’t wait for Daytona! Evie is adorable. She has great taste in music according to my daughters!! Go 48! Six pack all the way baby!

Just my 2 cents on

Not something I would be proud to tell the world, Taylor is an extremely bad role model, but not my child, just my opinion

Anonymous on

Gina Epley- I wondered about that! I guess Amanda forgot to consider the fact that his wife might be a stay-at-home mom. And even if they DID have a nanny, what’s the problem with that?! As long as they aren’t actually raising the kids, there’s no problem with using them!

brenda on

she’s only 2 she doesn’t know anything about taylor she just likes her music it’s not like she understands it. she really a cute little girl and she has a very handsome dad and a beautiful mom great parents.