David Letterman Honored By Own Racing Team At Indianapolis 500 (PHOTO)
David Letterman was all smiles on Sunday at the Indianapolis 500, even though the retired talk-show host’s IndyCar Team finished in fifth place. He was also clearly amused that his racing team honored him by painting driver Orial Servia’s yellow car with a caricature of the Letterman, complete with his gap-teethed grin and the words, “THANKSDAVE.” See photo of the IndyCar below.
Along with his wife and son, Letterman initially joked to the Associated Press before the big race that it’s “regrettable” that the team he owns put his face and name on the car, but added more seriously, “It’s just delightful,” and added, “With everything that’s happened, it’s the highlight of my career. It’s crazy it’s the Indianapolis 500.”
While Servia’s car didn’t finish after an accident knocked him out midway through the race, team member Graham Rahal came in fifth at the Indianapolis 500. The race was won by Juan Pablo Montoya, now a two-time champ. Rahal told the news wire that Letterman, who bought a team in the 1990s with (his dad) former Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, said that now he’s retired “he would be around the track a lot more.” Rahal added, “At this stage in his life, he can enjoy himself a little bit and hopefully that means enjoying IndyCar racing.”
Letterman, who hails from Indianapolis and was once ABC’s pit reporter, said that after leaving the daily grind of the “Late Show,” the “next day you feel a little bit better, and the next day you feel a little bit better,” but then you come to the Indianapolis 500, noting “This is the pressure-cooker.”