Big Ol' Jet Airliner
It may be racing’s “off-season,” but tell that to the travel coordinator for a Cup team, and they’re likely to break into fits of laughter. Abbie McDade is TRB’s very own in-house, full-time, go-to gal for every logistical detail, and often logistical nightmare, from private jets to commercial flights, rental cars, and hotels for 36 race weekends, dozens of tests, and more than 90 crew members year-round. What are Abbie’s hours? “I work 24 hours a day, in the office, at home, at night, on the weekends…” (We cut her off there.) She’s also the lucky one to get the phone call at the crack of dawn or middle of the night if any travel detail doesn’t go exactly as planned. Talk about being “on call!” That’s all I can tell you about the grind of being a travel coordinator - she just kicked me out of her office because she has work to do. Here’s a photo of how TRB will be rolling in style next year - in a 52-seater DC-9 twin-engine jet.