As the Piston Cup season progresses, Lightning McQueen and his fellow veteran racers find themselves overshadowed by Jackson Storm, an arrogant racer who is part of a new generation who use the latest technology to boost their performance. As more and more next generation cars begin racing, the older racers gradually retire or are fired by their sponsors. During the final race of the season, Lightning tries to overtake Storm, but loses control and suffers a violent rollover crash.
Four months later, while recovering in Radiator Springs, a primer-coated Lightning watches footage of the crash that ended the career of his late mentor, Doc Hudson. He tells his girlfriend, Sally Carrera, that he does not want to be forced into retirement as Doc was and decides to start training again, looking for new ways to regain his edge.
Rusty and Dusty, the owners of Lightning’s Rust-eze racing team, send him to a newly opened racing center. When he arrives, he learns that they have sold Rust-eze to new owner Sterling, who assigns him to work with trainer Cruz Ramirez. Lightning becomes impatient with Cruz’s methods and tries to use a high-tech racing simulator, only to cause severe damage to the equipment.
Starring: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, Lea DeLaria,