James Hinchcliffe gave the command for IndyCar Series drivers to start their engines in Texas on Saturday night — through a surprise video shown on the track's huge HD screen.
Hinchcliffe is home in Indianapolis recovering after his left leg was pierced in a crash during Indianapolis 500 practice.
In the video, the Canadian driver noted that he'd normally be getting strapped in to race. He said he appreciated all the love and support he has felt since the May 18 crash and his release from the hospital nine days later.
"It's truly been overwhelming," he said.
Hinchcliffe told his fellow drivers to put on a good show, then put on a cowboy hat before giving the command to start their engines.