Down time? What's that?
While fans across the country have been waiting nearly a month for the Verizon IndyCar Series season to resume, the series' drivers have been busy.
Perhaps none more so than Graham Rahal.
In just the past couple weeks, the 28-year-old Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver has made stops in Las Vegas, Dallas, Indianapolis, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, and Southern California. All told, Rahal said, he has flown more than 65,000 miles since the start of the year.
On Wednesday night, he flew from Phoenix to Los Angeles ahead of this weekend's IndyCar race on the streets of Long Beach.
"People that know me tell me, 'Oh man, it must be so cool to travel for a living.' It's not. It's not that cool," Rahal told IndyStar. "Being on the road all of the time is tiring. People think the lifestyle is awesome and you make a good living and this, that and the other thing. You know, sometimes I'd trade some of that just for a few hours at home. Sleeping in my own bed would be a nice thing."
So what keeps drivers so busy when they are not racing? Anything. Everything.
There are sponsorship commitments, track promotions, series promotions, luncheons, dinners, interviews and commercials.
Here's how Rahal spent a particularly busy few days this past week: On March 29, he flew from Southern California, where he had filmed a commercial, to Las Vegas to drop off his wife (drag racer Courtney Force), to Dallas for a promotional events at Texas Motor Speedway. The next day, he flew to Chicago so he could drive to Ohio to visit family. A day later, he was back in Chicago so he could fly back to Vegas before leaving the following day for California.