Outlaws, fun in Cabo ... and dining at Sammy Hagar's?

Good food. Sandy beaches. Fun times. Kasey Kahne thoroughly enjoyed his off week in Cabo, but the vacation is over -- and Indianapolis Motor Speedway awaits, he writes in his diary.

Updated: February 20, 2008, 3:45 PM ET
By Kasey Kahne | Special to

The first six days of my vacation I spent with my World of Outlaws team and we raced four nights and traveled the other two. It was a grueling schedule, really. They ran consistently, fourth or fifth, so it was really good. Four nights of racing is a lot, though. We really got a lot of racing in. I got home at 2 in the morning after the last Outlaw race and left at 4 for the airport to go to Cabo [Mexico]. I was home for two hours all week.

It was a last-minute deal to go to Cabo, and we planned it two weeks before we went. Just thought of it and did it. I like the beach. I'd rather be sitting by a pool or a beach or if it's the wintertime, I'd be riding something with an engine. Snowmobiling or skiing, anything like that I'm into. I like that stuff a lot.

The first night we stayed out late and went to Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo [restaurant] and wobbled home. It was fun.

Kasey Kahne

We didn't have enough time to do a lot of things. We had three days. It is really nice, from the weather to the beaches to the resort we stayed at. Good food. We had fun.

The first night we stayed out late and went to Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo [restaurant] and wobbled home. It was fun. We did that the first night, and other than that, we relaxed. We were in bed early and up early, lying by the beach or the pool or jet-skiing or whatever we wanted to do. We had a good time and got lots of sleep.

I don't know if you really need the time off. It's definitely nice to have and I can take 10 or 12 or 13 days off to do whatever I want to do, and that's fun, that's a good thing to have. Whether we need it or not, I don't know. I think this week, if we run better, it will show that it was a good thing to have an off week late in the year.

I've really felt pretty good all year. To have a break is good, but I've felt pretty good all year. I haven't really needed a break. It's your job, and breaks are nice, but do you actually need one? I don't know if I do. It's probably really good for the team to have a break so they can have some time to catch up and have a little more time at home with their families so they get more excited and happy about their lives. I have plenty of time to myself during the season.

So now we're back at Indianapolis, and it's a good track for us, for Evernham Motorsports. I've always run well here. I just come into this place happy and wanting to run well. It's all you can do.

It seems like things are getting better with the team now. To me, I just feel like you win races in '06 and you don't in '07, and you have a lot of hope with the team. The team realizes we can if we keep working and the driver realizes we can if we keep working together, and hopefully we do. As long as we keep working hard together, we'll come out of it and have some good times.

Kasey Kahne, 27, drives the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge. He will take readers inside his life on and off the track each week with the help of writer David Newton. Filling in for Newton this week is Angelique S. Chengelis.