David Letterman paused on the "Late Show" to offer condolences to the family of race car driver Paul Dana, who died of injuries suffered in a crash during warmups at the IRL IndyCar Series race near Miami.

Dana was a driver on a race team partly sponsored by Letterman.

Letterman saluted Dana, whose picture appeared on the screen, shortly before a commercial on his show Monday. He said the racing world was thinking about the young driver's family.

"Hopefully that will give them the slightest amount of comfort in their horribly dark days ahead," the CBS host said.

Racing is thrilling, exhilarating but also very dangerous, Letterman said. The people who do it love what they do despite the danger, he said.

Dana's experience should remind everyone that "getting there one day does not guarantee the next," he said.

The crash took place Sunday.