Piston Cup racer (former)
James Cleanair is a Piston Cup racer who bears the sponsor of Vitoline, a special fuel additive for older cars. Racing under command of Vitoline Crew Chief, he works alongside the Vitoline Pitty. Brick Yardley and Chase Racelott also race for the Vitoline team.
He is a Husker Morocco that is painted pale green, with a white trunk and spoiler. He has the Vitoline logo on his hood, as well as on his trunk, and the number 61 painted in white on his doors and roof. He has black rims.
In Cars, James is one of the thirty-six race cars that is competing in the Dinoco 400, the final race of the 2005 Piston Cup season, at the Motor Speedway of the South. However, James ends up receiving damage after being involved in a large wreck created by Chick Hicks, in an attempt to distance himself from Lightning McQueen. During said wreck, he collided with Haul Inngas and Billy Oilchanger. Despite his injuries, James continues racing.
One year after the events of Cars, James retires with Brick Yardley becoming the Vitoline racer and given 24 as a new team number.
Profiles and statistics
- "Vitoline, a fuel additive vitamin company, provides fuel for older active cars. Sponsoring a race car seemed like a good way to get that message across to their costumers and they hired the right car for the job! Senior racer James Cleanair has been racing for twenty years and shows no signs of slowing down!"
Names in other languages
|Danish||James Renluft||James Renluft|
|French||James Cleanair||James Cleanair|
- The prototype picture of James's die-cast model depicts him with a black grille that resembles a mustache, despite being one of the only Piston Cup racers in the film to not have one. However, in the produced model, he does not have one.