Cars 3 is partnering with NASCAR to bring fans of racing and Cars a truckload of events to look forward to this season! It was previously announced that Owen Wilson (the one and only, Lightning McQueen) will be the grand marshal for the 59th annual Daytona 500, which is taking place on February 26, and the Cars 3 and NASCAR partnership just keeps on growing!
Not only is Owen Wilson serving as grand marshal, it was also revealed that NASCAR legends Jeff Gordon and Richard Petty, along with NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suárez and Bubba Wallace, will all voice characters in Cars 3! They’ll all be voicing characters with names humorously similar to their own, like Chase Racelott and Danny Swervez. We seriously love the wordplay.
Cars 3 director Brian Fee says about the partnership: “Cars 3 very much pays homage to stock car racing and its rich history. Our story leans into the drama, emotion and excitement NASCAR fans find at every race.”
If you’re planning to attend the Daytona 500, you’re in luck, because new Cars 3 products will be on sale at the event—making it the first place where you will be able to purchase new Cars 3 merchandise!
Cars 3 and NASCAR will continue to collaborate with events throughout the NASCAR season. At select races during the course of the season, fans can expect to find life-sized versions of the characters Lightning McQueen, Jackson Storm, and Cruz Ramirez! They look incredible:
Cristela Alonzo, who voices Cruz Ramirez, said, “I am excited to be here as race fans get to see these two life-sized characters together for the first time.”
NASCAR and Cars 3: this is a match made in highway heaven! Time to head to the racetrack!
Cars 3 races into theatres on June 16, 2017!
Fans of Jeff Gordon should look out for his documentary Refuse to Lose, which aired on Fox Sports 1 on Febrary 23!