Florida 500

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 will take Lightning's place half 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.

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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 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 Laney, and Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr..

Mcqueen and Cruz Florida 500

Cruz and McQueen on the winners table.

Starting Positions

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

Finishing Positions

  1. 95: Cruz Ramirez, Lightning McQueen
  2. 20: 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: Michael Rotor
  13. 64: Barry DePedal
  14. 82: Conrad Camber
  15. 117: Spikey Fillups
  16. 80: Dan Carcia
  17. 70: Richie Gunzit
  18. 21: Ryan "Inside" Laney
  19. 67: Jim Reverick
  20. 6: Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr.
  21. 33: Ed Truncan
  22. 5: Eric Braker
  23. 11: Chris Roamin'
  24. 121: Next-Generation Clutch Aid Racer
  25. 15: Harvey Rodcap
  26. 36: Rich Mixon
  27. 92: Sheldon Shifter
  28. 73: Next-Generation Rev-N-Go Racer
  29. 76: Next-Generation Vinyl Toupee Racer
  30. 123: Jonas Carvers
  31. 84: J.P. Drive (DNF)
  32. 34: Steve LaPage (DNF)
  33. 28: Tim Treadless (DNF)
  34. 52: Next-Generation Leak Less Racer (DNF)
  35. 31: Cam Spinner (DNF)



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