By Aly Semigran
October 17, 2011 at 04:00 PM EDT

Fans of the race world were devastated to hear about the passing of two-time Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon, who died as a result of a multi-car crash during a race on Sunday in Las Vegas. But you didn’t have to be a fan of the sport to appreciate Wheldon or feel sadness looking back at his impressive, but all too-short, life.

The driver stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman this past June for a chat with the Indy enthusiast host, and it’s easy to see why Wheldon was beloved by those in his industry and elsewhere. The interview proved he was humble (he effortlessly joked around with Letterman, zinging back at the host during the interview, “As you pointed out, I’m not employed”), and simply loved what he did. It’s especially sad to hear Wheldon talk about upcoming races, now knowing that his life would end tragically because of one, but it’s nice to see him as the smiling, likable crossover star that fans remember. Watch the bittersweet clip below.

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