Off weekend gives IndyCar Series driver chance to recharge

UPDATE A reminder that Danica Patrick will be a guest on ESPN's "Rome is Burning" today, Thursday, July 16. Please check your local listings for your time zone.

07/14/09 Dan Wheldon is visiting with family at their summer retreat in Portugal. Tony Kanaan and Raphael Matos – who tested at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 13 — also are visiting family in their native Brazil, while Dario Franchitti is checking on his house in Scotland.

Scott Dixon? Well, he'll be changing diapers during the first off week in the IndyCar Series since early June.

Danica Patrick also is busy off the track this week. The Andretti Green Racing driver will be a presenter at the ESPY Awards on July 15, and be a guest on ESPN's "Rome is Burning" on July 16 and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on July 17.

Dixon and Helio Castroneves are nominated in the Best Driver category of the ESPYs, which will be broadcast at 9 p.m. (EDT) July 19 on ESPN. Castroneves also is nominated in the Best Moment category for his celebration and reactions following a third Indianapolis 500 victory in May.

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