Jim Croce's son A.J. Croce recorded the song for a 2018 Goodyear tire ad
that pays tribute to famed racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, whose father, NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a car crash at age 49.
Both A.J. and Earnhardt Jr. lost their fathers young, and Croce said that the similarities between Earnhardt Jr.'s life and his own made contributing to the commercial appealing to him:
"There aren't a lot of people that grow up in the shadows of a famous musician, or race car driver," he explained to ABC Radio
. "I get what he lived through, and he gets what I lived through."