Piston Cup Racer
Eugene Carbureski races for the Tank Coat team in the Piston Cup Racing Series. He is a Husker Morocco that is painted pink and white, with the Tank Coat logo on his hood and trunk, as well as the number "36" painted on his doors and roof.
Eugene appears at the Motor Speedway of the South in Cars, competing in the Dinoco 400, the final race of the season. Eugene is doing well early into the race, until Chick Hicks attempts to further distance himself from Lightning McQueen, and does so by creating a large wreck consisting of all cars except himself, Lightning, The King, Mac iCar and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but a mistake happens that Eugene was actually a participant o the wreck where he hits Crusty Rotor and nears James Cleanair, Ponchy Wipeout and Ruby Oaks when they collide. Eugene makes it out with some minor cosmetic damage, but is still able to continue racing.
Between the events of Cars and Cars 3, Eugene retires, and Reb Meeker becomes the new Tank Coat racer.
Profiles and statistics
- "Eugene got his start prepping racecars at a local race shop. But it didn't take long before he realized he had more nuts and bolts knowledge of racing than most of the other arrogant cars he was working on. A pick up race during lunch one day between Eugene and one of the pros, showed that he had more power than he knew what to do with. With that one simple victory, Eugene garnered the attention of Wells Runabout, the owner of Team Tank Coat, and the rest is history!"
- During the very first shot of the wreck, the viewer can see that Eugene successfully made it out of the crash, but in later shots, he is involved in it.
- Rich Mixon, the next-generation Tank Coat racer, is mistakenly referred to as "Eugene Carbureski" in Under the Hood: The Next-Generation Racers.