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The Florida International Super Speedway, where the Florida 500 is held.

The Florida 500 is a Piston Cup event in Cars 3. With the goal of defeating Jackson Storm and other rookies in the race, Lightning McQueen receives assistance from racing instructor Cruz Ramirez during his training for the event.[1] Cruz took Lightning's place half way through the race, because Lightning decided he could not win this alone.


Jackson takes the lead for most of the race, while Lightning steadily passes other cars. When he overhears Sterling tell Cruz to leave, that makes Lightning have an idea. Lightning knew he could not win alone, so after a wreck on the track caused by Cam Spinner, he had Ramone paint the Rust-eze and number 95 on Cruz to follow race regulations.

Cruz as a Rust-eze racer.

Storm initially takes Cruz as a joke and therefore pays no attention to her. When the green flag drops, Cruz initially struggles, but eventually starts making up ground. As the race progresses, Cruz starts outperforming the other cars. When there are just ten laps left, Cruz moves into the top ten. Jackson's crew chief warns him about this, but he does not care. When Cruz moves into fourth position, Storm starts to take notice of her. When she moves into third position, Storm starts becoming scared of her, so he purposely slows down to catch up to Cruz, allowing Daniel Swervez to take the lead. Storm tells her that she can play dress up all she wants, but that she will never be a racer before retaking the lead. While in shock, Cruz moves back to fifth position after Flip Dover and Chase Racelott pass her. Cruz tells McQueen that Storm is in her head, but McQueen tells her that she got in Storm's head because he would not have done that if she did not scare him, and that she really was a racer. During the final lap of the race, Ramirez is right in Storm's tail and Storm tries to prevent her from passing by pushing her up against the wall. Unfortunately for Storm, Cruz does a flip over him and crosses the finish line in first place. After winning, Cruz is congratulated by Daniel Swervez, Chase Racelott, Ryan "Inside" Laney, and Bubba Wheelhouse.

Cruz and McQueen on the winners table.

Following the race, it is decided by race officials that both Cruz and McQueen are winners, as McQueen started the race while Cruz finished it with the same racing number.

Starting Positions

  1. 20: Jackson Storm
  2. 19: Daniel Swervez
  3. 00: Flip Dover
  4. 24: Chase Racelott
  5. 93: Nick Shift
  6. 54: Herb Curbler
  7. 4: J.D. McPillar
  8. 68: H.J. Hollis
  9. 48: Aaron Clocker
  10. 90: Paul Conrev
  11. 39: Michael Rotor
  12. 64: Barry DePedal
  13. 52: George New-Win
  14. 82: Conrad Camber
  15. 15: Harvey Rodcap
  16. 31: Cam Spinner
  17. 67: Jim Reverick
  18. 76:  Will Rusch
  19. 70: Richie Gunzit
  20. 92: Sheldon Shifter
  21. 28: Tim Treadless
  22. 34: Steve "Slick" LaPage
  23. 117: Spikey Fillups
  24. 5: Eric Braker
  25. 121: Noah Gocek
  26. 80: Dan Carcia
  27. 6: Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr.
  28. 21: Ryan Laney
  29. 11: Chris Roamin'
  30. 84. J.P. Drive
  31. 33: Ed Truncan
  32. 123: Jonas Carvers
  33. 36: Rich Mixon
  34. 73: M Fast Fong
  35. 95: Lightning McQueen

Finishing Positions

Pos. No. Car Finish
1 95 Lightning McQueen/Cruz Ramirez Finished
2 20 Jackson Storm Finished
3 19 Daniel Swervez Finished
4 68 H.J. Hollis Finished
5 48 Aaron Clocker Finished
6 93 Nick Shift Finished
7 54 Herb Curbler Finished
8 4 J.D. McPillar Finished
9 00 Flip Dover Finished
10 24 Chase Racelott Finished
11 90 Paul Conrev Finished
12 39 Michael Rotor Finished
13 64 Barry DePedal Finished
14 82 Conrad Camber Finished
15 5 Eric Braker Finished
16 80 Dan Carcia Finished
17 70 Richie Gunzit Finished
18 67 Jim Reverick Finished
19 21 Ryan "Inside" Laney Finished
20 6 Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr. Finished
21 33 Ed Truncan Finished
22 117 Spikey Fillups Finished
23 11 Chris Roamin' Finished
24 121 Noah Gocek Finished
25 15 Harvey Rodcap Finished
26 36 Rich Mixon Finished
27 92 Sheldon Shifter Finished
28 73 M Fast Fong Finished
29 76 Will Rusch Finished
30 123 Jonas Carvers Finished
31 84 J.P. Drive DNF
32 34 Steve LaPage DNF
33 28 Tim Treadless DNF
34 52 George New-Win DNF
35 31 Cam Spinner DNF



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