• Mar 21, 2011
Jeff Gorvette from Pixar's CARS 2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our onslaught of CARS 2 character debuts continues this week with an exclusive reveal just for Autoblog readers. Pixar is letting us announce that NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon will make an appearance in the film as Jeff Gorvette, an up-and-coming Chevrolet Corvette C6.R that's "turning hoods wherever he competes."

More than just a cameo, Gordon's character will compete as a "respected competitor – and legitimate threat – at the World Grand Prix." Pixar makes no obvious connection to Gordon's actual roots in NASCAR, but the character of Jeff Gorvette is a Chevrolet and will wear #24 like Gordon's actual racecar, although obviously it isn't an Impala. We're not sure how the Corvette Racing team that just finished 3rd and 4th in this past weekend's season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring feels about having an oval racer portray its beloved C6.R GT2 car on film, but Pixar needed an accomplished road-racing car and probably wasn't interested in a character named Jeff Gimpala.

Darrell Cartrip from Pixar's CARS 2We're also privileged to announce that Darrell Waltrip will be returning as a character in CARS 2, reprising his role as racing announcer Darrell Cartrip, the "Kentucky-born #17 Chevrolet Monte Carlo known for his wild color commentary." He's graduated from being a Piston Cup announcer and will be on-hand to call the World Grand Prix in the sequel.

Check out both characters after the jump, including a video turntable of Jeff Gorvette. You can also view all of the new CARS 2 characters in our high-res gallery below that we continually update as new characters are announced.



[Source: Pixar]

Jeff Gorvette (voice of Jeff Gordon)


Jeff Gorvette is one of the greatest American racecars alive today. Donning the stars and stripes of his country's flag, the #24 Corvette C6.R has proven his ability to succeed on the big ovals and the road courses of the Grand Touring Sports circuits. Having moved from his hometown of Vallejo, California to Indiana to be closer to the racing world, Gorvette's ability to accelerate at such a young age has turned hoods wherever he competes. His championships and number of victories are unmatched, making him a respected competitor-and legitimate threat-at the World Grand Prix.


Darrell Cartrip (voice of Darrell Waltrip)
Darrell Waltrip as voice of Darrell Cartrip in Pixar's CARS 2

Darrell Cartrip is a legendary multi-Piston Cup champion turned beloved racing announcer. The Kentucky-born #17 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is known for his wild color commentary, delighting Piston Cup fans with his humor, charisma and signature catch phrases-"Boogity, Boogity, Boogity! Let's go racin' boys!" He's spent years on the track, in the pits and in the grease, and he'll tell you all about it. This American Southern gentleman knows what it takes to win, and plans to bring that fervent expertise to calling the World Grand Prix.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      "Jeff Gorvette is a Chevrolet and will wear #24 like Gordon's actual racecar, although obviously it isn't an Impala."

      That's ok, Jeff Gordon doesn't race an Impala either.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is great news but I of course would have rather seen Jimmie Johnson in the movie...lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      One thing I just can't come to terms with in these movies is the eyes. When you look at a car driving down the road you see an expression (Well I do anyway). The grille is the mouth and the headlights are the eyes. These characters all have eyes in the windscreen... it's just not natural.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they make it so in the movie he can only turn left... man that would just freaking hilarious!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forget kids, i am quite excited for this movie. I know the original wasn't a masterpiece like Toy Story or Nemo, but it's a pop culture piece and i quite enjoyed it. I prefer cars over most of the sophomoric humor from the DreamWorks stable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they dont ruin this movie by overdoing it with characters strictly to sell more merchandise. The characters in the original movie worked together nicely and didnt seem forced.

      Jar Jar Binks im looking at you too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome that there is Rally representation. Know who Raoul is spoosed to be? Just think of who is from Alsace, France. Likely Mr. Super Seb.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Corvette Racing didn't mind having Dale Earnhardt driving their cars. So I can't imagine they'd be anti-Gordon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pixar has mastered the art of selling way too much stuff from Cars and Toy Story yet not making it seem forced.

      Look at all those Mater Tall Tales shorts, they were quite enjoyable. And I believe that the only reason they were made was to sell a new line of toys every 4 weeks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "We're not sure how the Corvette Racing team that just finished 3rd and 4th in this past weekend's season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring feels about having an oval racer portray its beloved C6.R GT2 car on film"

      This was probably Chevy's call. Having Jan Magnussen do the voice doesnt generate as much publicity.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd rather have Johnny O'Connell do it!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Australian V8 SuperCars driver Mark Winterbottom will also providing a voice in the CARS 2 movie. His character will be called "Frosty" (same as Marks own nickname) and will be "an Australian representative for the big race".

      It looks like the PIXAR guys are really working hard to impress as many people as they can. Hopefully CARS 2 will be a great movie - I'm looking forward to it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My kids love these little updates. They're getting quite excited about the new movie.
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