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Tex dinoco
Tex Dinoco
General Information



Gold, with a cow-spotted roof

Eye Color



Dinoco owner



Series Information
First Appearance



H. A. Wheeler

"Oh-ee! That was one close finish. You sure made Dinoco proud. Thank you, King."
Tex Dinoco, Cars

Tex Dinoco is team owner and talent scout of the Dinoco racing team, having been the creator of the most successful oil product in the world. He appears in Cars, as well as the comic Looking for Lightning.




Tex with The King and Lynda Weathers

In Cars, Tex is first seen driving alongside Strip and Lynda Weathers, complimenting The King on his racing. He is later present during Lightning's daydream, where he awards Lightning with the coveted Dinoco sponsorship and paint job.

Later, while Lightning is working on the road in Radiator Springs, he hears a report on Lizzie's radio about Chick's arrival at the Los Angeles International Speedway which leads him into a daydream about Tex giving Chick the Dinoco sponsor. Wanting to prevent this from happening, McQueen rushes the road's completion but the town's residents make him tear it up and start over due to its poor quality.

At the tie-breaker race in Los Angeles, Tex and Lynda are inside one of the indoor booths above the stands, cheering on The King. In the final lap, they watch in horror as Hicks takes Weathers out of the race by performing a PIT maneuver on him, causing Strip to fly out in the field, resulting in a large amount of damage.

However, Tex watches with pride as Lightning gives up his victory and backs up to help The King finish the final race of his career. After the race, despite Chick being the winner, Tex instead offers the Dinoco sponsorship to McQueen for his good sportsmanship. McQueen politely rejects the offer, preferring to stick with his Rust-eze friends but is able to get Mater a ride in Rotor Turbosky, the Dinoco helicopter.

Other appearances

Tex also appears in the comic Looking for Lightning in which he comes to Radiator Springs to invite Lightning to a charity Piston Cup race, only to find out that he went on a drive with Sally. He and Sheriff set out to look for them and find them up by Tailfin Pass.

General information

Physical description


Promotional artwork of Tex.

Tex is a 1975 Cadillac Coupe De Ville. His license plate reads "Dinoco", like his Cars Toons counterpart, Dex Dinoco.

Tex is painted gold, with chrome lining and a cow-spotted roof. His bumper is chrome, as well as his rims.

Personality and traits

Tex is kind and shows care towards the Piston Cup racers, particularly The King and Lightning McQueen.


Profiles and statistics


  • Bios
    • "Tex has been Dinoco's team owner and talent scout for over 20 years. Sure, he's a smooth-talker from the Lone Star State, but he's also a genuine guy with a big heart. He knows it takes more than flash and big talk to win -- it takes loyalty, smarts and a lot of hard work. And Tex ought to know; he started Dinoco with just one tiny oil well, and now he runs the largest oil empire in the world."



Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
French Tex Dinoco Tex Dinoco
Polish Tex Dinoco Tex Dinoco


  • Tex has a similar car body to Mel Dorado, a TV show host in Cars 2.
  • Tex's name is a reference to his home (Texas) and strong Texan dialect. It could also be a reference to THX's mascot of the same name (who Pixar also created).

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