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NASCAR Hall of Fame launches “Cars 3”-inspired exhibit in partnership with Disney•Pixar

September 28, 2017

New exhibit features life-sized look-alike character car of Lightning McQueen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 28, 2017) – In collaboration with Disney•Pixar, the NASCAR Hall of Fame officially launched its newest special exhibit today—“Cars 3: Inspired by NASCAR”—which will be on display in the Great Hall through May 2018.   

“Disney•Pixar’s ‘Cars’ movie franchise is filled with authentic references to the real world of NASCAR,” says NASCAR Hall of Fame Director of Exhibits Kevin Schlesier. “Combining imagery from the film, and authentic artifacts from some of NASCAR’s biggest names, this exhibit showcases how the films, specifically ‘Cars 3,’ used the rich history of NASCAR to create its characters, settings and plot.”

Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” is an action-packed animated spectacular that incorporates the voices, tales and experiences of real NASCAR competitors into Lightning McQueen’s racing world. The “Cars 3: Inspired by NASCAR” exhibit spotlights the film's great Piston Cup characters and the NASCAR stars who contributed their voices and stories to the movie’s drive for authenticity.

“‘Cars 3’ very much pays homage  to stock car racing and its rich history,” said “Cars 3” director Brian Fee at a press event in Daytona in February 2017. “Our story leans into the drama, emotion and excitement NASCAR fans find at every race.”

Highlights of the exhibit include a life-size look-alike character car of Lightning McQueen, hands-on kids activities and 16 displays that showcase the “Cars 3” characters that were inspired by real-life NASCAR stars, including:

  • Darrell Cartrip, inspired by three-time champion and Hall of Famer turned iconic broadcaster Darrell Waltrip
  • Shannon Spokes, inspired by at-track broadcaster and NASCAR RACE HUB co-host Shannon Spake
  • Jeff Gorvette, inspired by four-time NASCAR champion turned broadcaster Jeff Gordon
  • Strip “The King” Weathers, inspired by seven-time champion, team owner and Hall of Famer Richard “The King” Petty
  • Cal Weathers, inspired by victorious third-generation driver turned broadcaster Kyle Petty
  • Doc Hudson, inspired by NASCAR’s first dominant race car The Fabulous Hudson Hornet
  • Tex Dinaco, inspired by NASCAR’s master promoter H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler
  • Ray Reverham, inspired by champion crew chief, master strategist and Hall of Famer Ray Evernham
  • Smokey, inspired by master mechanic and crew chief Smokey Yunick
  • Junior “Midnight” Moon, inspired by moonshine runner, winning driver, championship owner and Hall of Famer Junior Johnson
  • Louise “Barnstormer” Nash, inspired by the first lady of stock car racing Louise Smith
  • River Scott, inspired by pioneer driver and Hall of Famer Wendell Scott
  • Chase Racelott, inspired by second-generation championship driver Chase Elliott
  • Ryan “Inside” Laney, inspired by third-generation winning driver Ryan Blaney
  • Danny Swervez, inspired by NASCAR’s first Mexican-born champion Daniel Suárez
  • Bubba Wheelhouse, inspired by NASCAR national series winner Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame will also host several “Cars 3”-themed special events throughout the exhibits tenure, including:

  • Oct. 6 – Fan Q&A with Class of 2018 inductee Ray Evernham
  • Oct. 14 – 2nd Saturday: Make and Model
  • Nov. 11 – 2nd Saturday: Fast as Lightning

The launch of the exhibit coincides with the upcoming fall in-home release of the summer’s high-octane hit Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3,” which will cruise into homes digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Thursday, Oct. 24 and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The film comes loaded with all-new bonus features including the mini-movie starring the demolition derby legend Miss Fritter, a legends piece featuring the NASCAR greats/historians who helped shape the film, behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the film, deleted scenes and more. For more information, please visit cars.disney.com

General admission tickets to the NASCAR Hall of Fame can be purchased online at nascarhall.com or via Ticketmaster by calling 877-231-2010. Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors with ID, $18 for military with ID, $18 for youth 8-12, $12 for youth 3-7, and free for members and children younger than 3. High-octane combo packages are also available.  All prices include tax. Memberships start at $125. For more details, visit nascarhall.com and follow @NASCARHall on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Download the "Cars 3: Inspired by NASCAR" exhibit fact sheet and high-resolution photos here.


About the Walt Disney Studios
For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

About the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Conveniently located in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010, and includes artifacts, hands-on exhibits, a 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Productions-operated broadcast studio. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March 31.  An attached parking garage is available on Brevard Street. The 5-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. For more information, visit nascarhall.com.