They Always Put You To Work After You Do Well
If that's the case, then Sam Hornish Jr. has no problem filling his days with activities this year.
Besides his IndyCar Series schedule, Hornish has been competing in the NASCAR Busch Series on a part-time basis. If that wasn't enough, the three-time IndyCar Series champion spent part of April 11 selling season tickets to Kansas Speedway.
With the glare of TV lights on his face - it's not often an Indianapolis 500 winner works in the ticket office afterall - Hornish sold several tickets to Kansas Speedway.
"I'm really looking forward to coming back to Kansas Speedway," said Hornish between calls. "Last year, and even previous years, I've had so much fun here. The crowds have been great. But this year, they decided to put me to work selling some tickets so we'll see if I can get that right.
"Hopefully I won't get anybody's tickets screwed up and everybody will be able to get their stuff right."
Interview to interview and call to call, Hornish was more than happy to recount his victory at Kansas Speedway last year. Though, he may be the lone driver that isn't totally thrilled by the IndyCar Series race moving to April.
"With the lower degree of banking that this track has compared to some of the others and in the heat and the temperatures that we usually reach, it made the track pretty slick and made it a little bit harder to navigate the car around," said Hornish, who's victory at Kansas last year came on his birthday. "It really was something that I thought worked to my advantage a lot of the time so we are going to have to figure out a new advantage for the cooler temperatures."
Hornish does know that the cooler temperatures will have a positive effect on the grandstands.
"The big sell this year versus the ones that we've had in the past is temperature-wise," said Hornish. "It's not going to be so hot out there and it's not going to be July 4th weekend. I think it will be a little bit more relaxing for the fans in the stands."
If this racing thing doesn't work out, Hornish will make a great addition to a ticket sales staff.