“Cars 3” also welcomes back Lightning McQueen’s gang of friends from Radiator Springs, including Lightning’s best buddy Mater, and #95’s No. 1 fan Sally. Friends supporting their hometown hero include Fillmore, Sarge, Lizzie, Ramon, Sheriff and Flo.
Loyal transporter Mack, big-hearted Italian Fiat 500 Luigi, and charming little Italian forklift Guido continue to support Lightning McQueen’s racing endeavors. World-renowned sports announcer Bob Cutlass is still calling the races, and Chick Hicks is back—this time as a commentator on the Racing Sports Network. The lovable duo Dusty and Rusty return as Rust-eze’s chief proprietors—though they have big things in store for Lightning McQueen.
The late Paul Newman can be heard in the film reprising his role as The Fabulous Hudson Hornet aka Doc Hudson. When Newman recorded for the original “Cars,” he and director John Lasseter often exchanged thoughts on racing between takes. The conversations were fortunately captured, proving invaluable to filmmakers who wanted to reignite Lightning McQueen’s love of the sport and the mentor who helped him discover it in the first place.
“Paul was a big fan of racing and really knowledgeable,” says producer Kevin Reher. “I think we all learned a little about the sport from Doc Hudson.”