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David Letterman Spends First Weekend of Retirement at Indy 500: 'It's the Perfect Place to Be'

David Letterman Spends First Weekend of Retirement at Indy 500: 'It's the Perfect Place to Be'
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David Letterman spent his first weekend of retirement at the racetrack!

Letterman, who owns Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former Indy 500 champion Bobby Rahal and businessman Mike Lanigan, was honored by his IndyCar team at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday in Indiana. A caricature of Dave was added to driver Oriol Servia's yellow car with "Thanks, Dave" accompanying the “Late Show” logo.

The former “Late Show” host talked to “Extra” just before the big race, saying, “It’s the perfect place to be, and the fun is now just beginning. If we win this thing that will be it, that’s all I need to do the rest of my life.”

Unfortunately, Letterman’s car wasn’t a winner on that day, as Servia didn't finish the race, crashing into a wall just past the midway point, but other Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal placed fifth.

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Dave was still a winner in the eyes of the other celebrities in attendance, with race car enthusiast and actor Patrick Dempsey saying, “David Letterman’s like a local boy here, when we was doing the show talked about racing, he’s always been a big fan of it, it been a remarkable career for him and he was always nice to me and gracious when I was on the show.” 

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck was also happy to see the “Late Show” legend there, “He’s a great team owner, I saw him at the track last year a couple times, really, really awesome when he’s here.”

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