“Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers led by arrogant hotshot Jackson Storm, the legendary Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is suddenly sidelined and pushed from the sport he loves. To get back on track, he’ll need the help of eager young racing technician Cruz Ramirez, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected twists and turns of fate. ‘Cause when the rubber finally hits the road, proving that #95 is still in the game will test the courage of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Bring home the high-octane hit that’s fully loaded with unforgettable characters, spectacular animation and turbocharged bonus extras!”- Official description
Cars 3 starts off with Lightning McQueen feeling a bit on edge when he runs into the next generation of race cars for the first time. “I decide when I am done” is McQueen’s motivational motto through out this movie. With the new future of racing at his bumper McQueen quickly realized he was going to need to adapt to the new era of racing. Feelings frustrated as all of his age race cars were getting retired and replaced by newer, data-based cars. McQueen wrecks competing while competing with these young new racers, and his damage is almost beyond repair. But then, he signs a new deal, receives a new pit-crew, and a new trainer to learn how to hang with these young new racers.
So McQueen goes back to where it all began, Radiator Springs. He puts his wounds aside and reconnects with the sport he loves most. With the help of his new sponsor (Nathan Fillion) and his new young trainer, Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) McQueen tries to get back on track to rise to the top. McQueen despises the new high-tech training facility and instead insists to practice “real racing” at Fireball Beach, Thunder Hollow (a backwoods track that is not quite what it appears), and finally the Thomasville Speedway, where McQueen’s late mentor, Doc Hudson (the late Paul Newman), had been champion many years before, instead of on a simulation machine in a lab. Along the journey McQueen and Ramirez find themselves in a demolition derby, stuck on a sandy beach, and finally Thomasville Speedway. This is where he meets a new mentor, Smokey, who is voiced by Chris Cooper, and used to be Doc’s mentor. All this leads up to the Big Race in Florida where McQueen made a deal with his new sponsor that if he wins the race he gets to decide when he is done racing, but if he loses then his new sponsor gets to decide that he has to retire.
An unexpected plot twist happens when McQueen teams up with one of his new friends for what may be his last race in history. But with his trusty pit crew on his side, and his crew chief Smokey, and his dedicated trainer, McQueen feels invincible.