Released in 2011, "Cars 2" returned several notable voice actors from the first film. Chief among them are Owen Wilson as Lightening McQueen, Larry the Cable Guy as Mater and Bonnie Hunt as Sally. For this sequel, they were joined by renowned British actors Michael Caine and Eddie Izzard.
The film's villain, Grem, is voiced by noted character actor, Joe Mantegna. Several figures from the sports racing community were also rendered as car versions of their real life identities. NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip both appeared as race cars, while famed commentator Brent Musburger was featured as race announcer. Continuing his streak of Pixar performances, John Ratzenberger voiced McQueen's tractor trailer, Mack.