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In Cars, it was the setting of the tie-breaker race between Lightning McQueen, Chick Hicks and The King after they tied each other at the Motor Speedway of the South. Although Chick had won the race, his fans turned on him for cheating: he had deliberately caused The King to spin out in a horrible crash. There was an attendance of nearly 200,000 cars.
Cars: The Video Game
In the cutscene, Lightning McQueen went to Mack to get into his trailer for the final Piston Cup race. "This is it, Mack," said Lightning. "Yeah," Mack said in a sad way. "Hey," Lightning said. "What's the matter?" "Aw, you know, end of the season," said Mack, "I'm just gonna miss this, that's all." "Aw, come on, Mack," said Lightning, "You know that a champion has to go back the following season to defend his trophy, right? You and I got plenty more road to travel, partner." So, Lightning went into his trailer, and Mack took him to the race.
The race is 12 laps long. You race as Lightning McQueen, and the other opponents that stay in the top 5 are Chick Hicks, Lee Jr., Suregrip and Hollister. During the race, when your meter goes into the yellow or red, you can take a pit stop, and you help Guido do the pit stop (only in story mode). First place gives you 10 trophies, second gives you 6, and third gives you 4.
In the endscene, Lightning was in the winner's circle, and everyone was cheering him. "Ka-ka-ka-chow!" he said.
In the second part of the endscene, Lightning, Mater, Sally Carrera and Doc Hudson were ready to go on a road trip. "You be careful out there, son," said Doc. "Aw, come on, Doc," said Lightning. "I'm a veteran of the road now! A seasoned traveler!" "You still don't have headlights," Doc said. "Mmmm....Don't you worry, Doc," said Sally, "I'll take care of him." "And if he gets stuck again. . ." said Mater. Then everyone stopped. "I'm not gonna get stuck," said Lightning. "Well, if you do," said Mater, "you know I'll be there to help you out." Then everyone continued driving. "Thanks, Mater," said Lightning. "So, uh, where we going anyway?" asked Mater. Everyone stopped again. "I don't know," said Lightning, "Wherever the road takes us, I guess. It's a pretty big country." Then the camera showed a view of the road ahead. Then the credits showed up.
After the credits, they continued their drive. "Oh, I almost forgot," said Sally. "Did you pack your trophy?" "Nah," said Lightning. "Where is it?" asked Sally. "Heh, don't worry," said Lightning. "It's in a good place."
Then the camera went to the front of Doc's Doctor Office where on the front were 4 Piston Cups. 3 of them were Doc Hudson's Piston Cups from 1951, 1952, and 1953, and the other one was Lightning McQueen's Piston Cup that he just earned, which was from 2006.
The World of Cars Online
In The World of Cars Online, Los Angeles International Speedway is the 6th final Piston Cup track. You need 1,000,001 racing points to race there. After you win the final heat there, you earn the Piston Cup which you can put in your yard.
- The track is inspired by the Auto Club Speedway.
- The venue for the Piston Cup tiebreaker race is a conglomeration of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena where the Rose Bowl is located, as well as the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
- The Scoring Pylon (showing numbers 43, 86 and 95), along with the one at the Motor Speedway of the South, is taken from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- In Cars, despite Darrell mentioning the attendance being nearly 200,000 cars, the speedway really only had 100,000 cars seated in production terms plus an additional 1,500 in the infields and aisles. This is still larger than Motor Speedway's 60,000 in the audience and 700 in the infields and aisles. Plus, there are 13,000 cars entering the stadium to find seats.