Junior Moon
Junior Moon
General Information




Eye Color



Piston Cup racer (former)




Junior (by the Thomasville townsfolk)
Junior Jeffries
Sam Tail
Sammy Gon

Series Information
First Appearance

Cars 3


Junior Johnson[1]

"Time to spread some dirt down on the track."
Junior Moon, Cars 3: Driven to Win

Junior "Midnight" Moon is a former Piston Cup racer. He was both inspired and voiced by Junior Johnson himself.[1] He is a 1940 Ford Standard Coupe.


Cars 3

In Cars 3, along with Smokey, Louise Nash and River Scott at Smokey's Automotive Service, he gives advice to Lightning McQueen during the latter's recovery. In the movie, "Midnight" explains to McQueen how he discovered how to drift at Daytona. He also appeared in flashbacks with Doc Hudson during Doc's racing days.

Cars 3: Driven to Win

Junior Moon is an unlockable playable character in Cars 3: Driven to Win. Like most of the playable characters, he is unlocked by completing an uncertain amount of skill checks. He is the only playable character whose voice provider from the film returns to voice their character in the game.

Official bio

  • "Long before official stock car tracks existed, souped-up jalopies raced for fun on wooded back roads with only the moon to light their way. That's where Junior Moon got his start and his name. Junior raced by his own rules. Hud and all the other early Piston Cup Competitors truly loved to race with him."[2]




  • "I don't know how to win anymore. But I am not doing it anymore, so I'm not gonna win." - Cars 3
  • "Not for long." - Cars 3
  • "Yep, that'll do." - Cars 3
  • "My friends call me Junior. Pleased to meet you." Cars 3: Driven to Win
  • "Think I'll wait and see what today brings." - Cars 3: Driven to Win
  • "I think I got the hiccups." - Cars 3: Driven to Win
  • "Time to spread some dirt down on the track." - Cars 3: Driven to Win
  • "Time to put this race to bed." - Cars 3: Driven to Win

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Polish Sam Ogon Sam Tail
Russian Сэмми Гон Sammy Gon, sounds like "samogon" (самогон), meaning "hootch".



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ryan McGee (March 29, 2017). "New 'Cars 3' characters inspired by NASCAR legends". ESPN.
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