Drive Like Andretti follows Andretti – the simplest motive force ever to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, and a Formula 1 World Championship – as he recounts his incredible journey, beginning as a battle refugee in Italy and concluding because of the maximum famous racecar driver on Earth.
INDIANAPOLIS – David Letterman packed his luggage and left Indianapolis in 1975 to pursue his dream of turning into a stand-up comic. But Indiana in no way left his coronary heart, and his love affair with the Indianapolis 500 in no way dwindled.
Indiana usually feels like home – a form of.
“Every time I come here, I get lost, I don’t apprehend things, I understand landmarks and I can discover my way to the speedway,” Letterman instructed NBC Sports.Com Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I know in which Broad Ripple High School is. I recognize wherein Monument Circle is. I understand in which Long’s Doughnuts are off 16thStreet. I understand in which Shapiro’s Deli is and a few landmarks like that.
“Other than that, it could be Tucson. I don’t recognize.
“Burger Chef is gone, but is that truly a loss? It’s extra like a public provider.”
Letterman’s profession became a part of television history. He became an everyday “visitor host” for Johnny Carson on NBC’s Tonight Show and in 1979 changed into given a morning speak show on NBC. Letterman’s show becomes short-lived for the time slot, however, it turned into reducing aspect and beforehand of its time.
He might go back to NBC in 1982 because the host of “Late Night with David Letterman” and his television profession took off. He left NBC in 1993 however persevered his talk show profession on CBS until his retirement from television when he taped his very last show on May 20, 2015.
Letterman continued his ownership stake in three-time CART champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal’s crew. He co-owns Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with Rahal and south suburban Chicago industrialist Michael Lanigan.
The crew won the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with Buddy Rice as the driving force.
INDYCAR PhotoLetterman makes infrequent visits to NTT IndyCar Series races. He attended the April 7 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and saw his team’s driver, Takuma Sato, score an excellent victory after Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing swept the front row in qualifying with Sato and Graham Rahal.
That victory has boosted Letterman’s confidence heading into Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 103rdIndianapolis 500 on May 26.
“I’m extremely assured about the team heading into the Month of May,” Letterman stated. “The starting grid in Alabama changed into a delight for me and the outcomes of that race became also a satisfaction. People who recognize racing have advised me there are things in place now so one can translate to the two races here.
“I suppose we are going to have a sturdy month.”
Retirement has allowed Letterman to take a greater lively role inside the NTT IndyCar Series crew.
“Hanging out with Bobby is continually fun,” Letterman said. “I’m going to be a hundred, so I’ve had a lot of Bobby time, and that is good. I’ve recognized Graham Rahal when you consider that he changed into a kid and studying Takuma Sato has been superb a laugh.
“Being at Barber Motorsports Park and beginning 1-2, you appearance one manner and spot the rest of the grid and look the alternative way and see the pace vehicle. You suppose, ‘This is something that doesn’t happen tons.’ I cherished it and it reminds you of the entirety that is cool about this game.”
Letterman’s preferred recollections are when Bobby Rahal drove to victory in 1986 and whilst Rice won the 2004 Indianapolis 500 with Letterman watching Rice win.
“It becomes like any person threw a switch and up in the pit stand turned into Scott Roembke, and it commenced to rain, and they threw the yellow and pink flag out and Buddy became in the lead,” Letterman recalled. “I checked out Scott Roembke like this (thumbs within the air) and he turned into ‘No, no, no, no. There is still one lap to go.
“That changed into a lesson, no longer best for racing however for existence.
“When the checkered flag fell, it was like a transfer had been thrown. I was lit up like crazy. There turned into a group of human beings around me, nearly knowing me down and asking questions. There have been two thoughts that went thru me.
“One changed into the uncontrollable joy of having gained the Indianapolis 500. And the other becomes, ‘Well, I had nothing to do with this.’ But I cherished it.
“It went on, and on and on. That becomes the standout reminiscence.
“After experiencing that feeling, you need to win it every yr.”
Letterman’s son, Harry, is a race fan, however, there may be no manner he wants to see his son cross into racing.
As aways as the drivers on his personal group, he has remarkable admiration for Sato, who gained the 101st Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport, and Graham Rahal.
“As a driving force, under any circumstance, no matter starting function, irrespective of positions, Graham will hunt you down and consume you alive,” Letterman said. “The man will do it every weekend. It makes no difference if it’s an oval, a road route, midpack or the front, he will hunt you down and eat you.
“If you don’t suppose this is going to occur, you’re making a big mistake. Plus, the guy is pretty accurate on the device.
“But what else impresses me is the kid is so mature. He is so considerate, nicely-spoken and articulate. He has a big coronary heart and is a gentleman. He is as right out of the car as he’s inside the automobile.”