Cars 3 is a 2017 American computer-animated sports comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Brian Fee in his directorial debut and written by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson, and Mike Rich, it is the sequel to Cars 2 (2011) and the third installment of the Cars film series. It was executive-produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two Cars films. The returning voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Cheech Marin, Jenifer Lewis, Paul Dooley, Lloyd Sherr, Michael Wallis, Katherine Helmond and John Ratzenberger are joined by Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Armie Hammer, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, and Lea DeLaria, in addition to a dozen NASCAR personalities.In the film, Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of race cars that he's still at the top of his game, with the help of young technician Cruz Ramirez. Development started in 2011, after the release of its predecessor. The film entered production in 2014, with Lasseter stating that it would be a "very emotional story", similar in tone to the first one. Randy Newman composed the film's score.
A special screening for the NASCAR industry was held in Kannapolis, North Carolina on May 23, 2017, before the release worldwide in movie theaters on June 16, along with its theatrical animated short film Lou, it is the 18th animated film from the studio. The film grossed $383 million worldwide against its $175 million production budget and received mainly positive reviews from critics.