David Letterman

FULLDavid Letterman, the icon of late-night talk show tele­vi­sion, had casual discus­sions with Bobby Rahal since they met in 1986 about his interest in getting involved in open-wheel racing. In early 1996, the talk was trans­formed into action as Letterman became a minority-interest owner in Team Rahal.

In 2002 Letterman once again real­ized a life­long dream when he for the first time co-owned a car in the Indi­anapolis 500. In honor of Letterman, Team Rahal entered the Indi­anapolis 500 as Rahal Letterman Racing.

Two years later the name change became perma­nent as Team Rahal offi­cially became Rahal Letterman Racing. Three-time IndyCar cham­pion Bobby Rahal made the change to better reflect Letterman’s involve­ment in the team.

The first race the team ran after the name change was the Indi­anapolis 500, which was won by Buddy Rice. The Indy 500 victory was the real­iza­tion of yet another life­long racing dream for Letterman.

Letterman can be found on several race week­ends in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan pits, but the majority of his time is spent head­lining his own late-night tele­vi­sion talk-show. He continues to thrive as the host of the immensely popular LATE SHOW with David Letterman on CBS-TV. He was recently named one of the “50 Greatest TV Stars of All-Time” by TV Guide magazine.