The Los Angeles 500 is an event in Cars 3 that is held at the Los Angeles International Speedway. In 2016, it is the final race of the Piston Cup racing series season. At the race, seven-time winner Lightning McQueen crashes trying to beat Jackson Storm, the latter winning in first place, with Daniel Swervez runner-up.


In 2016, the event is the last race of the 2016 Piston Cup Racing Series season. By then, most stock car race cars have been replaced by "Next-Geration" racers. Five-quarters through the race, seven-time veteran champion Montgomery "Lightning" McQueen suffers a nearly fatal rollover crash after blowing his rear tires, bringing out the red flag, and obviously doesn't continue racing. After the restart, the race continiued until it finished, with rookie front-runner Jackson Storm placing first, with Daniel Swervez placing second, Chase Racelott in third, and Tim Treadless ending fourth.

After the race, Jackson Storm, who was the racer with most points, won the 2016 Piston Cup.

Starting Positions

  1. 20: Jackson Storm
  2. 15: Harvey Rodcap
  3. 24: Chase Racelott
  4. 4: J.D. McPillar
  5. 11: Chris Roamin'
  6. 31: Cam Spinner
  7. 19: Daniel Swervez
  8. 95: Lightning McQueen
  9. 39: Buck Bearingly
  10. 54: Herb Curbler
  11. 68: H.J. Hollis
  12. 73: Rev-N-Go Racer
  13. 121: Dino Draftsky
  14. 117: Ralph Carlow
  15. 21: Ryan Laney
  16. 123: Jonas Carvers
  17. 36: Reb Meeker
  18. 48: Aaron Clocker
  19. 6: Bubba Wheelhouse, Jr.
  20. 34: Steve LaPage
  21. 00: Flip Dover
  22. 5:  Eric Braker
  23. 52: Brian Spark
  24. 67: Jim Reverick
  25. 93: Next Generation Spare Mint Racer
  26. 33: Ed Truncan
  27. 70: Richie Gunzit
  28. 64: Barry DePedal
  29. 84: J.P. Drive
  30. 76: Rev Roadages
  31. 28: Tim Treadless
  32. 80: Dan Carcia
  33. 82: Darren Leadfoot
  34. 90: Ponchy Wipeout
  35. 92: Murray Clutchburn

Finishing Positions

  1. 20: Jackson Storm
  2. 19: Daniel Swervez
  3. 24: Chase Racelott
  4. 28: Tim Treadless
  5. 15: Harvey Rodcap
  6. 11: Chris Roamin'
  7. 68: H.J. Hollis
  8. 123: Jonas Carvers
  9. 54: Herb Curbler
  10. 31: Cam Spinner
  11. 73: Rev-N-Go Racer
  12. 70: Richie Gunzit
  13. 4: J.D. McPillar
  14. 48: Aaron Clocker
  15. 67: Jim Reverick
  16. 21: Ryan "Inside" Laney
  17. 6: Bubba Wheelhouse
  18. 5: Eric Braker
  19. 00: Flip Dover
  20. 36: Reb Meeker
  21. 34: Steve "Slick" LaPage
  22. 52: Brian Spark
  23. 33: Ed Truncan
  24. 39: Buck Bearingly
  25. 64: Barry DePedal
  26. 117: Ralph Carlow
  27. 80: Dan Carcia
  28. 76: Rev Roadages
  29. 84: J.P. Drive
  30. 121: Dino Draftsky
  31. 93: Next Generation Spare Mint Racer
  32. 82: Darren Leadfoot
  33. 92: Murray Clutchburn
  34. 90: Ponchy Wipeout
  35. 95: Lightning McQueen (DNF)


  • The film implies that Lightning McQueen is the last veteran racer still standing at this race. Several books based on the film even state it directly. However, there are actually ten other veterans in the race: Buck Bearingly, the Rev-N-Go Racer, Dino Draftsky, Ralph CarlowReb MeekerBrian Spark, Rev Roadages, Darren Leadfoot, Ponchy Wipeout, and Murray Clutchburn. All of them are replaced by Next-Gen racers in the time between this race and the Florida 500.
  • An early version of this scene was shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2017. The Detroit version has slight dialogue, audio, and visual differences from the version of this scene shown in the actual movie five months later. For example, the Detroit version showed McQueen in his Cars 3 paint job instead of his Rust-eze one.
  • There are thirty-five cars that compete in this race, eleven veterans and twenty-four Next-Gens.
  • The unnamed Rev-N-Go Racer finished in the highest position among other veterans, having finished eleventh.
  • Daniel Swervez and Chase Racelott make their debut in this race.
  • In this race, Chase Racelott always gets replaced suddenly by Eric Braker in some scenes.
  • Tim Treadless always gets replaced suddenly by Aaron Clocker in some scenes.
  • Harvey Rodcap is seen starting in second place, but when the race officially starts, he is seen in dead last.
  • Before the race starts, Chase Racelott is in third position and Eric Braker was in twenty-second. When the race starts, Chase starts in twenty-second and Eric starts in third due to an error.
  • Before the Race starts, Cam Spinner started 6th place while J.D. McPillar started 4th. Cam Spinner was repeatedly dissappearing throughout the whole race. Cam Spinner kept High Positions like 4th or 5th. After Lightning McQueen got out of the pits, J.D. was in 4th and Cam was in 5th. The scene changes showing Tim Treadless and Chris Roamin' instead of J.D. and Cam.  Jonas Carvers , Herb Curbler and Harvey Rodcap also showed up before and After Lightning McQueen crashed into the wall.
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