In the first film, Lightning McQueen first met Sally when he was in court being trialed for destroying the town's main road. He notices Sally, and takes an interest in her right away, by asking Mater who she is.
In the court Lightning McQueen is first told by the judge, Doc Hudson, that he doesn't have to fix the road, however Sally convinces Doc that Lightning McQueen should stay and fix the road as "the town needs this." After Sally tells Lightning McQueen he needs to stay and fix the road (the town and Doc backing her up) he is sentenced to community service and is instantly annoyed at Sally.
Later on, Sally invites Lightning McQueen to stay at her hotel called The Cozy Cone, Lightning McQueen is keen to stay and takes up her request. It is also here where Sally is embarrassed after Lightning McQueen spots her tattoo, causing her to embarrass herself further by knocking over a stack of cones when backing into her hotel lobby; Lightning McQueen finds it funny.
After that, Mater tells Lightning McQueen he's taking him tractor tipping tonight; to which after some convincing, Lightning McQueen accepts. On their return trip Mater and Lightning McQueen speak about Sally, and Lightning McQueen says "Sally's going to let me stay at the motel." To which Mater replies with a smirk "Ah, getting cozy at the cone is we?" After Mater and Lightning McQueen discuss Sally further, Mater comes to the conclusion that Lightning McQueen has a crush on Sally, and Lightning McQueen doesn't argue with his friends judgement. Sally overhears the whole conversation about Lightning McQueen crushing on her, but remains silent.
Lightning McQueen goes to cone number one to stay that night, where Sally comes and speaks to Lightning McQueen. She tells him that "I over heard you talking to Mater." Lightning McQueen is concerned that Sally heard he has a crush on her, and so he says "Oh, when, just... just now? What did, what did you hear?" Sally decides to lie by saying "Nothing, just something about a helicopter ride."
The next day, Sally offers Lightning McQueen to go for a drive with her, when the town are worried about her decision, Sally states "I trust him" to which, Lightning McQueen smiles. He goes for the drive, and he begins to see the beauty of life. Lightning McQueen then really likes Sally, and the two become very attracted to each other. They talk about Sally's past and they talk about the history of Radiator Springs.
Before the big race, Lightning McQueen decides to surprise Sally, by lighting the town up in neon and the two cruise down the highstreet, however, their perfect night is soon put to an end as reporters and media flock the town and remove Lightning and take him to race in California. Just before he is taken away, Sally and Lightning McQueen talk for a brief moment, Sally is upset and mistaken, thinking he called them to come and find him, she tells him "Good luck in California, I hope you find what you're looking for."
After Lightning McQueen races, at the end of the film, Lightning McQueen returns to Sally, and the two are happy to be reunited. They are about to kiss, but are interrupted by Mater.
Cars 2 (2011)
In the second film, Sally is a side character, and therefore she doesn't have as much to do or say. But there are some moments worth noting;
At the beginning of the movie, Sally is reunited with Lighning McQueen and they go out for a date at Wheel Well, which is now re opened and buzzing with life. During their meal, Lightning McQueen and Sally watch a report on the World Grand Prix, and we meet the character Francesco, who Sally is very fond of. When Sally talks about Francesco's "open wheels" Lightning McQueen is noticeably jealous.
After an argument between Francesco and Lightning McQueen, encouragement from friends and Miles Axelrod, Lightning McQueen decides to go and take part in the World Grand Prix. Firstly, he is not going to bring along Mater, however, after some persuasion from Sally, he lets his best friend tag along.
Although Sally is not included in this scene, it's worth a mention. At the party, Lightning McQueen and Francesco speak again. Mater also shows up to join in their tense conversation. Francesco and Lightning McQueen squabble over Sally, with Francesco saying he's going to "dedicate my win tomorrow to Miss Sally." A jealous Lightning replies "I already dedicated my win tomorrow to her,if we both do it - it's really not that special, besides I don't even have a drink."
Nearer the end of the movie, Sally gets her next appearance in London, When Mater has gone missing, Lightning McQueen wants to drop out of the London race, however, Sally encourages him to take part, stating that "Mater would want you to race."
Her final proper appearance is at the Radiator Springs Grand Prix, before the race commences, Lightning McQueen introduces Francesco to Sally. After their meeting, Sally tells Lightning McQueen "He's really not that good looking," Lightning McQueen, not believing it, says "Yeah, nice try."
"I'm being serious!" She replies
"That's why I love you, Sally."
Cars 3 (2017)
Sally will return in the third film.
Mater And The Ghostlight
In Mater and The Ghostlight, Lightning McQueen and Sally are together in Flo's.
Hiccups, Cars Toon Episode
In Hiccups, Sally kisses Lightning McQueen to cure his hiccups.
She is sarcastic and witty which is evident when she playfully called Lightning McQueen "Stickers."
She also has a nurturing trait to her, as she wants to see the town succeed and help it grow.
She is kind and intelligent.
- Sally Carrera is Lightning McQueen's love interest in the first film and in the sequel girlfriend.
- Sally Carrera is the attorney and the owner of the Cozy Cone.
- She is voiced by Bonnie Hunt who voiced Judy's mother from Zootopia.
- In Cars Toons Episode: "Hiccups", Sally kisses Lightning McQueen to cure his hiccups.