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Jimmie Johnson: I’m Teaching My Daughter Winning Isn’t Everything

Sat, November 23, 2013 12:02pm EDT by Kristine Kowalski Add first Comment
Jimmie Johnson Daughter Genevieve
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The NASCAR driver has a surprisingly upbeat outlook on being a graceful loser, considering it’s not often he doesn’t take home top titles! After his Nov. 17 race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jimmie shared how he finds teachable moments for his family through his sport!

Jimmie Johnson is known as a victor around the NASCAR circuits — but whether he takes home the trophy or not, he uses the opportunity to teach his 3-year-old daughter Genevieve about what it means to be a winner.

Jimmie Johnson Daughter Genevieve: NASCAR Driver Gets Life Lessons From Sport

Jimmie is loving having his family involved in his career — especially his daughter “Evie,” who takes it all in from the stands. “It’s been really neat,” Johnson told Fox Sports about sharing his career and good sportsmanship with his daughter. “She gets it for the most part. The championship part, I’m not sure she understands how that all works just yet.

“She knew I didn’t win the race [at Homestead on Nov. 17], but we were holding the trophy and celebrating,” Jimmie explained. “She asked me a couple questions I’ve been trying to explain. I’ve been trying to explain for a few weeks about the championship, the points, what daddy is trying to do. It still hasn’t registered yet. Denny [Hamlin, the race winner] was in Victory Lane. She didn’t understand why we were celebrating. It’s been fun trying to teach her all those things.”

Jimmie Johnson Changed By Parenthood

Jimmie and his wife Chandra Janway welcomed their second daughter, Lydia, on Sept. 6, 2013 — and one day he be able to share the same moments with her!

“There’s something activated in me — I think all parents can speak to this — once you have kids and they’re born, your heart changes and you love in different ways, a different capacity,” Jimmie said. “All that stuff is going on, leads me down the road to where I am today, the position I’m in today, enjoying those moments.”

WATCH: Jimmie Johnson’s Post-Race Fox Sports Interview

What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Do you think Jimmie has a good attitude?

— Kristine Hope Kowalski

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