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Florida 500

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 will take Lighting's place half through the race, because Lighting decided he couldn't 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 couldn't 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.

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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 is just 10 laps left, Cruz moves into the top 10. Jackson's Crew chief warns him about this, but he doesn't 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'll 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 wouldn't have done that if she didn't 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 Laney, and Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr..

Starting Positions

  1. Mcqueen and Cruz Florida 500

    Cruz and Mcqueen on the winners table

    2.0: Jackson Storm
  2. 19: Daniel Swervez
  3. 68: H.J. Hollis
  4. 48: Aaron Clocker
  5. 54: Herb Curbler
  6. 93: Next-Generation Spare Mint Racer
  7. 00: Flip Dover
  8. 4: J.D. McPillar
  9. 90: Paul Conrev
  10. 24: Chase Racelott
  11. 39: Next-Generation View Zeen Racer
  12. 64: Barry DePedal
  13. 52: Next-Generation Leak Less Racer
  14. 82: Conrad Camber
  15. 80: Next-Generation Gask-its Racer
  16. 117: Next-Generation Lil' Torquey Pistons Racer
  17. 67: Next-Generation Carbon Cyber Racer
  18. 70: Next-Generarion Gasprin Racer
  19. 33: Ed Truncan
  20. 6: Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr.
  21. 11: Next-Generation Combustr Racer
  22. 5: Next-Generation SynerG Racer
  23. 31: Cam Spinner
  24. 121: Next-Generation Clutch Aid Racer
  25. 15: Harvey Rodcap
  26. 92: Sheldon Shifter
  27. 21: Ryan Laney
  28. 34: Steve LaPage
  29. 84: Next-Generation Apple, Inc. Racer
  30. 28: Tim Treadless
  31. 36: Rich Mixon
  32. 123: Next-Generation No Stall Racer
  33. 73: Next-Generation Rev-N-Go Racer
  34. 76: Next-Generation Vinyl Toupee Racer
  35. 95: Lightning McQueen

Restart Positions

  1. 2.0: Jackson Storm
  2. 19: Daniel Swervez
  3. 00: Flip Dover
  4. 24: Chase Racelott
  5. 93: Next-Generation Spare Mint Racer
  6. 54: Herb Curbler
  7. 4: J.D. McPillar
  8. 68: H.J. Hollis
  9. 48: Aaron Clocker
  10. 90: Paul Conrev
  11. 39: Next-Generation View Zeen Racer
  12. 64: Barry DePedal
  13. 82: Conrad Camber
  14. 117: Next-Generation Lil' Torquey Pistons Racer
  15. 80: Next-Generation Gask-its Racer
  16. 70: Next-Generation Gasprin Racer
  17. 67: Next-Generation Carbon Cyber Racer
  18. 6: Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr.
  19. 33: Ed Truncan
  20. 5: Next-Generation SynerG Racer
  21. 11: Next-Generation Combustr Racer
  22. 121: Next-Generation Clutch Aid Racer
  23. 95: Cruz Ramirez
  24. 15: Harvey Rodcap
  25. 36: Rich Mixon
  26. 92: Sheldon Shifter
  27. 73: Next-Generation Rev-N-Go Racer
  28. 76: Next-Generation Vinyl Toupee Racer
  29. 123: Next-Generation No Stall Racer

(Note: The six racers listed after Cruz Ramirez did continue the race after the Restart, but disappeared as the Restart happened and re-appeared a short while later.)

Finishing Positions

  1. 95: Cruz Ramirez, Lightning McQueen
  2. 2.0: Jackson Storm
  3. 19: Daniel Swervez
  4. 68: H.J. Hollis
  5. 48: Aaron Clocker
  6. 93: Next-Generation Spare Mint Racer
  7. 54: Herb Curbler
  8. 4: J.D. McPillar
  9. 00: Flip Dover
  10. 24: Chase Racelott
  11. 90: Paul Conrev
  12. 39: Next-Generation View Zeen Racer
  13. 64: Barry DePedal
  14. 82: Conrad Camber
  15. 117: Next-Generation Lil' Torquey Pistons Racer
  16. 80: Next-Generation Gask-its Racer
  17. 70: Next-Generation Gasprin Racer
  18. 67: Next-Generation Carbon Cyber Racer
  19. 6: Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr.
  20. 33: Ed Truncan
  21. 5: Next-Generation SynerG Racer
  22. 11: Next-Generation Combustr Racer
  23. 121: Next-Generation Clutch Aid Racer
  24. 15: Harvey Rodcap
  25. 36: Rich Mixon
  26. 92: Sheldon Shifter
  27. 73: Next-Generation Rev-N-Go Racer
  28. 76: Next-Generation Vinyl Toupee Racer
  29. 123: Next-Generation No Stall Racer

Trivia

  • Though Darrell Cartrip says that 43 cars are competing, there are only 34 Next-Generation racers and one veteran racer (Lightning McQueen) for a total of 35 cars.
  • Rich Mixon, Paul Conrev, Sheldon ShifterConrad Camber, Cruz Ramirez and the Next-Generation View Zeen, Leak Less, Rev-N-Go, Vinyl Toupee, Lil Torquey Pistons, and Clutch Aid racers made their debut in this race/season.
  • Tim TreadlessCam SpinnerSteve LaPage, the Next-Generation Apple, Inc. racer, and the Next-Generation Leak Less racer do not finish the race due to having been badly damaged in the crash. 
  • After the crash, Ryan Laney is seen ok, entering his pit, but then disappears for the rest of the race, and finally reappears to congratulate Cruz.

References

  1. Sneak peek: 'Cars 3' zooms ahead with new character Cruz Ramirez
Cars 3
Characters
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