Jeff Gordon on 49ers, Dr. Seuss, NASCAR

Jeff Gordon hangs with some Dr. Seuss characters at Citi Pond at Bryant Park. Lyn Hughes Photography

As part of the Citi Read to Skate program, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon was in New York Monday morning reading Dr. Seuss' "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?" to school children from the Bronx.

The program reinforces students to take advantage of the New York City Public Library system, with Gordon -- a four-time NASCAR series champion -- celebrating the book of different sounds.

"I always looked at Dr. Seuss as strange, unique and quirky," Gordon said. "But you see how the kids light up when they hear those verses. It's amazing."

Playbook had a few minutes with Gordon to talk about the Super Bowl, Dr. Seuss and the upcoming NASCAR season.

How are you doing this morning?

"I'm doing well. Actually, I'd be doing better if my 49ers had won last night. I was tweeting last night and would have tweeted more if they had done better."

You were born in Vallejo, Calif., just outside San Francisco. How big of a fan of the 49ers are you?

"I'm a real fan. I had a 49ers lamp as a kid in my bedroom. I was in California when they won some of their first few Super Bowls."

What does this event in New York City mean to you?

"It's amazing, especially having my own kids. I see what this means to them. I've been doing a lot of work with children for years. But it takes on a whole new meaning when you have a son and daughter. I was so excited to read Dr. Seuss to them."

What was your first book?

"I don't really know. I remember looking at books and I remember my parents reading them to me. But I was so into racing at a young age. Nothing stands out. That's why as a parent I'm trying to create a routine for my children to read."

The NASCAR season is just around the corner. You finished 10th last season. What's ahead?

"When you put 20 years into the sport, you become comfortable with knowing the season is year-round. You try to go through the same motions to make yourself successful each season. Even if you think you have a quiet offseason, internally, you're working very hard."