David Letterman drops in on first Detroit Grand Prix

David Goricki
The Detroit News
David Letterman chats with race fans Saturday on Belle Isle.

Detroit – David Letterman is making the most of his free time now that he is retired, taking in the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix for the first time.

Letterman is part owner of the Rahal / Letterman / Lanigan Racing team, which showcases driver Graham Rahal.

Letterman spent some time at the team’s hospitality tent Saturday, talking and taking multiple pictures with fans before Race No. 1 of the IndyCar series’ lone doubleheader later that afternoon.

“This is the first time I’ve been to a race in Detroit, not the first time I’ve been to a race in Michigan,” Letterman said. “I used to go to Michigan International Speedway and that was a tremendous facility. I’m trying to get to more races now that I’m retired.

“I’m very impressed (with Detroit). Being from Indianapolis, we know all about Michigan and everybody knows about the troubles that Michigan and other manufacturing-based communities have had over the last several decades. You get into the downtown section and it really looks like it’s making a turn and I hope that’s the case. I like the idea of this race; maybe it’s a little boost to have it every year.”

So, will the former “Late Night” star return to the entertainment world? Any project in the works?

“I’m really retired,” Letterman said. “I hate it, but I love coming here.”