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David Letterman gets a tribute at the Indy 500--but it ends in a crash

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There have been plenty of David Letterman tributes over the past week, but one in particular stood out this weekend: a caricature of his face with the Late Show logo on a car in the Indianapolis 500. Unfortunately, Letterman’s car wasn’t a winner, as driver Orvol Servia crashed into a wall just past the midway point. (But good news: Medics checked him out and released him.)

Servia’s bright yellow car was painted with Letterman’s face and #thanksdave to pay tribute to the now-retired late night host. The Indianapolis native has long been involved with the Indy 500, co-owning Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and often inviting the winner on his show.

“This is the best,” Letterman told SB Nation before the race. “I grew up here. I used to hear the track from where I used to live. I’d stand in my yard and just listen. Everyone in the neighborhood used to listen to it. It was great fun.”

The race was won by Juan Pablo Montoya, making his second trip to victory lane.