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Cruz Ramirez
General Information




Eye Color



Trainer and race technician at the Rust-eze Racing Center
Piston Cup Racer[1]


Frances Beltline

Series Information
First Appearance

Cars 3


Cristela Alonzo[2]

"You need my help, Mr. McQueen!"
Cruz Ramirez, Cars 3

Cruz Ramirez is a young, Hispanic racing trainer and technician who works at the Rust-eze Racing Center. An admirer of Lightning McQueen's talents, Ramirez eagerly assists the veteran racer when he turns to her for help following his accident while racing in the Piston Cup.


Cars 3


Ramirez meets McQueen.

In Cars 3, after Lightning McQueen is forced out of the Piston Cup world following a devastating crash, he is taken to the Rust-eze Racing Center, where he is introduced to Ramirez. Excited to be helping out her idol in a "senior project", the two begin training to help McQueen grow to defeat Jackson Storm and the other next-generation racers at the Florida 500. She uses a voice command assistant named Hamilton.[3]


"The beach ate me."

During their training, McQueen finds himself outclassing Ramirez at times, such as in a beach race when she spins out and is buried in sand, while McQueen has little trouble. Lightning also sees his former mentor Doc Hudson as inspiration, and the two visit the Thomasville Speedway, an abandoned Piston Cup raceway that was once the home of the Fabulous Hudson Hornet.

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McQueen and Ramirez visit the Thomasville Speedway.

They also meet many of Doc's fellow racing legends, including Smokey, Louise Nash, River Scott, and Junior Moon, who also assist McQueen in his training.

Additionally, McQueen and Ramirez go to a demolition derby stadium named the Thunder Hollow Speedway, where they compete in disguise under the aliases Chester Whipplefilter and Frances Beltline, respectively.


Cruz as the Rust-eze racer.

When the Florida 500 finally arrives, McQueen continues to struggle to overcome Storm throughout the race. Thinking quickly, he realizes that he can send Cruz into the race in his place, as long as she wears the same sponsor and number as him, which Ramone takes care of. McQueen serves as Cruz's crew chief as she tries her best to beat Jackson. Cruz utilizes techniques she learned while training with McQueen, such as weaving through other racers, which she learned by practicing with Tractors in Radiator Springs. She also performs a flip move to pass Storm, allowing her to win the race, as Doc Hudson once did.[1][4]

After her victory, Cruz decides to sign with Dinoco instead of Rust-eze, replacing Cal Weathers as the Dinoco racer. McQueen decides to stay as Cruz's crew chief for the rest of the season, wearing a new paint job and "51" number inspired by the Fabulous Hudson Hornet.[1]

Cars 3: Driven to Win

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Ramirez racing against Miss Fritter in Cars 3: Driven to Win.

Ramirez will appear as a playable character in Cars 3: Driven to Win.

General information

Personality and traits

Ramirez is described as optimistic, sunny, and fierce.[2] As a racing trainer, she enjoys assisting other cars in improving their racing abilities, including Lightning McQueen, whom she greatly admires.

Physical description


Side view of Ramirez

Ramirez is a 2017 CRS Sports Coupe with an aerodynamic venturi channeled chassis. Her High Performance DOHC V-6 engine correlates with her ability to go from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, as well as her top speed of 210 miles per hour.[2] Her license plate reads "C01-06A".[5]

While training with McQueen, Cruz has a yellow livery with the Rust-eze Racing Center emblem on her doors. When she competes in the Florida 500, she is given a yellow spoiler, and Ramone paints Rust-eze decals and the number "95" on her. Following her signing with Dinoco, Cruz has the Dinoco logo on her doors and hood, as well as the number "51", the same name number as the Fabulous Hudson Hornet. While racing at Thomasville and Thunder Hollow, Ramirez has a number 20 painted on her doors.[6]


Profiles and statistics

  • Official bio
    • "Cruz may be on Jackson's side of the age gap, but she is on Lightning's side of the conflict. As a lifelong fan of McQueen, she is optimistic, sunny, fierce, and friendly — and now, she is his new, younger coach, coming to Lightning's aid with stars in her eyes when he shows up at the Rust-eze Racing Center."[2]
  • Specifications[2]
    • Vehicle type: 2017 CRS Sports Coupe
    • Top Speed: 210 mph
    • 0-60 mph: 3.8 seconds
    • Engine Type: High Performance DOHC V-6
    • Chassis: Aerodynamic Venturi Channeled
    • Body: Lightweight alloy



For this subject's image gallery, see Cruz Ramirez/Gallery.


  • "I am so excited to train you! I like a challenge. I call you my senior project." - Cars 3
  • "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,! The beach ate me." - Cars 3
  • "Don't fear failure! Be afraid of not having the chance - you have the chance!" - Cars 3
  • "I used to watch you on TV, flying through the air. You seemed so fearless. I wish I knew what that felt like." - Cars 3

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Cruz Ramirez Cruz Ramirez
French Cruz Ramirez Cruz Ramirez


Cars 3
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Owen WilsonCristela AlonzoArmie HammerLarry the Cable GuyBonnie HuntPaul DooleyCheech MarinRichard PettyKyle PettyChase ElliottDaniel SuárezRyan BlaneyDarrell Wallace Jr.Shannon SpakeRay EvernhamMike JoyJeff GordonDarrell WaltripKerry WashingtonNathan FillionLea DeLariaChris CooperMargo MartindaleIsiah Whitlock Jr.Junior JohnsonH. A. WheelerLewis Hamilton
Brian FeeKevin ReherDaniel GersonRandy Newman
Cars 3: Driven to Win
Lightning McQueenCruz RamirezJackson StormMackTow MaterSally CarreraGuidoRamoneSmokeyLouise NashRiver ScottJunior MoonMiss FritterDr. DamageArvyNatalie CertainChick HicksBobby SwiftBrick Yardley
Radiator SpringsFlorida International SpeedwaySmokey's Automotive Service

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