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"Ooh-ee! That was one close finish. You sure made Dinoco proud. Thank you, King."
Tex Dinoco, Cars

Tex Dinoco is the team owner and talent scout of the Dinoco racing team, having been the creator of the most successful and popular oil product in the world. He appears in Cars and Cars 3, as well as the comic, Looking for Lightning.



Tex with The King and Lynda Weathers

In Cars, Tex is first seen driving alongside Strip and Lynda Weathers, complimenting The King on his racing. He is later present during Lightning's daydream, where he awards Lightning with the coveted Dinoco sponsorship and paint job.

Later, while Lightning is working on the road in Radiator Springs, he hears a report on Lizzie's radio about Chick Hicks' arrival at the Los Angeles International Speedway which leads him into a daydream about Tex giving Chick the Dinoco sponsor. Wanting to prevent this from happening, McQueen rushes the road's completion, but the town's residents make him tear it up and start over due to its poor quality.

At the tie-breaker race in Los Angeles, Tex and Lynda are inside one of the indoor booths above the stands, cheering on The King. In the final lap, they watch in horror as Hicks takes Weathers out of the race by performing a PIT maneuver on him, causing Weathers to fly out in the field, resulting in a large amount of damage.

However, Tex watches with pride as Lightning gives up his victory and backs up to help The King finish the final race of his career. After the race, despite Chick being the winner, Tex instead offers the Dinoco sponsorship to McQueen for his good sportsmanship. McQueen politely rejects the offer, preferring to stick with his Rust-eze sponsors, but is able to get his best friend Mater a ride in Rotor Turbosky, Dinoco's helicopter.

Tex highly approved of McQueen's integrity in turning him down in addition to his sportsmanship and remained on good terms with him for years, with McQueen free to address him on a first name basis.

Cars 3

In Cars 3, Tex appears in the beginning of Cars 3 after the third race congratulating McQueen on his win with Cal on his side. Tex jokingly recommends McQueen to join team Dinoco to replace Cal which Cal responds with that he is right next to Tex with Tex just stating that he's joking. At the end of the movie, Tex gives Cruz Ramirez the Dinoco sponsorship, replacing the retired Cal Weathers. Tex also buys Rust-eze from Sterling, so now Cruz and Lightning both race for him.

Other appearances

Tex also appears in the comic, Looking for Lightning in which he comes to Radiator Springs to invite Lightning to a charity Piston Cup race, only to find out that he went on a drive with Sally. He and Sheriff set out to look for them and find them up by Tailfin Pass.

General information

Physical description

Promotional artwork of Tex.

Tex is a 1975 Cadillac Coupe De Ville. His license plate reads Dinoco. His top speed is 164 km/h, and his horsepower is 190.

Tex is painted gold, with chrome lining, and a cow roof. He has chrome rims and bumpers. He sports a pair of Texas longhorns on his front grille.

Personality and traits

Tex is kind and shows care towards the Piston Cup racers, particularly the King and Lightning McQueen.


Profiles and statistics


  • Bios
    • "Tex has been Dinoco's team owner and talent scout for over 20 years. Sure, he's a smooth-talker from the Lone Star State, but he's also a genuine guy with a big heart. He knows it takes more than flash and big talk to win -- it takes loyalty, smarts and a lot of hard work. And Tex ought to know; he started Dinoco with just one tiny oil well, and now he runs the largest oil empire in the world."

Cars 3

  • Bios
    • "Ever since Lightning McQueen was the hottest rookie sensation blazing up the racetrack, iconic Dinoco team owner Tex has been in pursuit to see the iconic number 95 in his Dinoco blue. He asks McQueen every chance he gets, even in front of Tex's current Dinoco racer, Cal. Psst, Cal, he's not kidding."[1]



  • "Oh-ee! That was one close finish. You sure made Dinoco proud. Thank you, King." - Cars
  • "Ha Ha, look at that boy out there!" - Cars
  • "Hey Lightnin' how bout comin' over here and talkin' to me for a minute. Son that was some real racing out there. How'd you like to become the new face of DINOCO?" - Cars
  • "C'mon King make us proud boy." - Cars
  • "Lightnin' there's a whole lot more to racin' than just winnin'." - Cars
  • "Well, I sure can respect that. Still ya know if there's ever anything I can do for ya just lemme know." - Cars


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Polish Tex Dinoco Tex Dinoco
Spanish Tex Dinoco Tex Dinoco
French Tex Dinoco Tex Dinoco
Italian Tex Dinoco Tex Dinoco
Ukrainian Техас Дайношось Texas

Дайношось (Dainoshos') is a pun of Дай но шось (Dai no shos') — Give something

Russian Тех Диноко Teh Dinoco. In Russian alphabet, letter X reads 'h'. It's displayed in many foreign names (Tehas, Mehiko (for city, country is named Meksika))


  • There is a character in Heavy Metal Mater named Dex Dinoco, who is identical to Tex and is the owner of Dinoco records. It's unknown if he is related to Tex or not.
  • Tex has a similar car body to Mel Dorado from Cars 2, a TV show host.
    • However, Mel is a different Cadillac model, an Eldorado.
  • Tex's first name is a reference to his home (Texas) and strong Texan dialect. It could also be a reference to THX's mascot of the same name (who Pixar also created).
  • Depending on the diecast, Tex would have green eyes, although his eyes are blue.


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