Strip "The King" Weathers is a Piston Cup racer. He has seven Piston Cups. It turns out The King's inspiration was actually Doc Hudson.



He is a champion race car.

In the Piston Cup Final he tied for first place with Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks so a tie-breaking race was scheduled. He races for the team "Dinoco". The King attempts to offer McQueen a dime's worth of free advice, saying it is the crew, not the racer, that wins races, but Lightning was too distracted to pay attention. After Hicks rammed The King, causing him to crash, McQueen has a moment of conscience and is fearful Weathers will be doomed to the same fate as Doc Hudson; thus McQueen forfeits his victory to aid Weathers. Tex is his Dinoco manager.

""The King," Strip Weathers, has seen it all. From his humble beginnings on the Piston Cup circuit, to the glitzy sponsorship and media attention he has today, this seven time Piston Cup Champion is the winningest racecar in all of Piston Cup history...After a spectacular crash, The King looked pretty beat up, but rest assured he was back on his tires in no time flat! When you've been racing and crashing as long as he has, you can handle a few scrapes and dents...He's loved every second of his racing career, but truth be told, The King is ready for a slower pace. He's looking forward to more time with his queen, Mrs. The King."[1]

Cars: The Video Game

The King also appears in Cars: The Video Game. Strangely, he doesn't appear in Story Mode, but you can play as him in Arcade and Vs. Modes ( And he has really cool paint jobs". He was mentioned in Story Mode in the cut-scene for Palm Mile Speedway, where Darrell Cartrip says "With The King retired, it's gonna be Chick vs. Lightning this time around".

Cars 3

The King is no longer the Dinoco in Cars 3 He will be Crew Chief and replace by his nephew Cal Weathers,who is number 42. He seen only briefly in the beginning and en. He was first seen when Cal went into the pits with Bobby and McQueen.


  • Strip Weathers' design is based on one of Richard Petty's race car which is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird with a 426 ci hemi engine and has Petty's race number 43 on the doors.



  1. "Cars Finder" (supplementary material on Blu Ray Disc release of Cars). 2007. Blu Ray Disc. Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2007.
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