Note: From the May 30, 2006 edit of the original Wikipedia article.

En route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California, Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, finds himself unexpectedly detoured. He ends up in the largely-abandoned town of Radiator Springs on Route 66, which parallels the real-life town of Amboy, California. McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters, who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame, and sponsorship. McQueen discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line.

It all starts when Lightning engages in the final Piston Cup race challenges the lead cars, Chick Hicks (a cheater) and The King (a veteran), Chick Hicks tries to loose him, but Lightning makes it, but refuses to use a tire change at the pit stop since his crew isn't the best. He just uses some gasoline and 50 yards from the finish line, his back tires blow the three cars get in a photo-finish tie. This leads up to a final tie-breaker race in California.

After the race and the comments about from Chick and The King, Lightning daydreams about having the new sponsorship, Dinoco, instead of Rust-Eze, he doesn't like the fact that a big famous racer like him is sponsored by an ointment for rustic cars.

With all that, he gos to his trailer diesel Mack truck named Mack, and the two are off the the final race. That night, Lightning tells Mack he will stay up with him as they are closer and closer. Then Lightning falls asleep. Four custom juvenile racers that are blasting extremely loud rap music from their stereos decide to play a prank on the sleepy truck.

They play elevator music that lulls him to sleep and gets him to stumble off the highway. A button was pushed and Lightning fell out of the back of the transport while Mack woke. Lightning sees a big rig exiting the highway and chases it, but racecars don't have headlights, so he tries to pursue the truck. But then he finds out it was a Peterbilt.

Lost and scared, Lightning goes into the dark distance and ticks off the Sheriff, and since Lightning can't see, the dust from the desert reveals a reasonable amount of damage he did to Radiator Springs, an old town.

Lightning is impounded, and released and taken to court, and sentenced to haul a paver across the broken roads of the sleepy town. Then he meets Sally, and competes with Doc Hudson in a race, but Lightning and Mater go out for a bondage night, and do some tractor tipping. But this ticks off a mean old combine harvester and they make an escape. Mater then proclaims that Lightning is his best friend.

The next day, Sally and Lightning take a drive, and Sally reveals the tragic fall of the town. Doc then reveals his secret, and that night, Lightning has a huge bondage with everyone, but Mack finds him and drives McQueen away to his race, and there he competes with the two opponents at the race, surprisingly enough, his friends from the town are taken to the race.


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Production timeline

  • December 7, 2004: Originally set for release on November 4, 2005 (replaced by Chicken Little), the film was delayed to June 9, 2006.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Original theatrical USA June 9, 2006
DVD USA November 7, 2006
DVD Japan November 8, 2006
Blu-ray Disc USA November 6, 2007

Advertised on:

  1. Chicken Little (March 21, 2006)

Television broadcast timeline

Broadcast date(s) Channel aired
  • December 3, 2008 (premiere)
  • December 21, 2008
  • December 25, 2008
  • December 18, 2009
  • September 12, 2010
  • June 19–22, 2011
  • November 16, 2013
  • February 22, 2014
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June 16, 2012 American Broadcasting Company Logo
November 11, 2013 Disney XD
February 16, 2014 Disney channel Logo 2010

Home video release

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