It’s become an age old question: What do you do during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off-weekend? Well, it’s never really and off-weekend, there’s always some form of racing on television and this weekend is no different. There’s the Nationwide Series, the Camping World Truck Series and that other racing league, the IZOD IndyCar Series. They all offer something different and fun, but it’s not quite enough. I guess we’re spoiled in that sense, we want it all, all the time.

Anyway, I thought it’d be fun to brainstorm some other activities you could partake in in the regular, non-racing world while you wait for Sprint Cup Series action to return:

HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 10:  Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the premiere of Weinstein Co.'s 'Inglorious Basterds' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 10, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)1.) Write a screenplay for a NASCAR drama starring your favorite actors and actresses. I started thinking about a film with Ben Affleck as the super hot and cocky veteran driver on a losing streak and Robert Pattinson as the super hot and young rookie who’s made the jump from Formula 1 to NASCAR and is on a hot winning streak. There would of course be their love interests, Ben’s wife played by me Angelina Jolie, is super supportive but has grown tired of his ego and is on a mission to show him what it means to be a winner on and off the track. Robert’s character will be single (of course!) but will nurse a crush on the hottest female driver in NASCAR, whose already won one Nationwide Series title and is looking to score big in the Cup series, played by Blake Lively.

Clearly I’ve got the synopsis ready all someone needs to do is pay to me to finish it and we can start filming! Yee!! Actually, now that I just wrote that out I really want to see this film happen. I’d be particularly interested in the casting process. Maybe we could get George Clooney to play a team owner?? Hmm.

2.) Read a book. I’ve been reading “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m trying to get it done before the movie comes out and I’ve been dodging all those commercials showing the trailer. I love Julia Roberts, but she needs to go away until I finish the book. I’m loving it so far. I honestly believe that books come in to your life when you need them to and I couldn’t be more ready to take this book in, it’s crazy how many parallels I can draw to my own life. No, I didn’t get a messy divorce or have the money to travel to Italy, India and Indonesia but the core is there for sure.

3.) Become a paparazzo. So, Andrew Giangola, the author of the book “The Weekend Starts on Wednesday,” works for NASCAR in their New York offices. Today he happened to see Lady GaGa on the street and took photos of her in a classic Lady GaGa outfit.

(All Lady GaGa photos courtesy of Andrew Giangola)

The details straight from Andrew:

The NASCAR NY office is on Park and 55th. A few blocks north on Park, I’m running an errand and next to me materializes Lady G. It was her people and me, snapping shots, then within a minute, swarms of NYers swooped in with their camera phones.

I was able to snap these off before she was whisked away…and before I was able to ask the Lady if she’s ga ga for NASCAR and would like to be featured on THE WEEKEND STARTS ON WEDNESDAY facebook page.

I’m sure Lady GaGa is a NASCAR fan ‘cause she’s so accepting of, like, everything! Can you imagine what she would wear if she was a Grand Marshal at a race?? Holy crapy that’d be awesome. See you could spend the entire weekend just dreaming up crazy racing-themed outfits for her to wear. And since those are Diet Coke cans in her hair maybe it should be the Diet Coke 500?

Come to NASCAR GaGa!! 🙂