In Disney Pixar's upcoming animated movie "Cars 3," our hero Lightning McQueen searches for stock-car racing's roots. He finds them in four characters based on real NASCAR racing heroes, three drivers and a mechanic. Here's a look at the new characters — and the racers who inspired them.
"We did so much research on NASCAR history, and these four jumped out as these incredible stories of inspiration," said director Brian Fee. "Lightning is at a place in his life where it's about overcoming obstacles.”
All four of these real-life characters overcame many obstacles themselves to achieve greatness.