Rookie racer Lightning McQueen is eager to win the annual Piston Cup Race and become the champion of the Dinoco Team. After a tie with champion Strip "The King" Weathers, and runner up Chick Hicks, a tie-breaker is scheduled in California which Lightning pushes his transport rig Mack to get him to early. After Mack falls asleep and Lightning falls out, he winds up in the old town of Radiator Springs, a town that was once bustling now almost abandoned. That is where he learns that sometimes, it's good to slow down and just enjoy life. This is the first film in what has expanded to become a major franchise from Disney.