Credit: Brian Cleary/ Getty Images Photo: Patrick Dempsey in Watkins Glen, NY on July 1, 2012

Grey's Anatomy star and avid race car driver Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd) was in his element at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen race car event in Watkins Glen, NY earlier in the week. Best of all, Patrick took some time away from the track to greet his adoring fans — yet another reason why we love this man.

The racing hunk was seen greeting the crowd and even signing people's hats. Not to mention the fact that he's wearing a skin-tight shirt while doing it. Talk about some lucky bystanders.

Looks like Patrick's keeping plenty busy during the Grey's hiatus. Speaking of which, we can't wait to see what happens with his character Derek on Season 9. Will he be able to work again with his injured hand? Will he even stay at Seattle Grace? We need answers!

Miss Grey’s? Us too. Luckily the show will return to Thursdays at 9 p.m. with all-new episodes in the fall on ABC.

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