I took my family to see Cars 2 this past weekend and we had a fabulous time! I can't wait to take my son to see it a second time. To keep the fun going, I have an interview here with McQueen's competitor. Lets get to know Francesco Bernoulli a little better, shall we?
By Mel Dorado
Reporting from Tokyo, Japan
Francesco Bernoulli grew up in the shadow of the famous Monza race course in Italy where he
and his friends would sneak onto the track and race the famous Pista di Alta Velocita bank turn.
He was an instant winner on the amateur circuit and soon became an international Formula
Racer champion. The ladies love Francesco’s open wheels, youngsters look up to his winning
spirit and fellow racers envy his speed. But Francesco’s biggest fan is Francesco himself, as
evidenced by his racing number. As the most famous race car in Europe, #1 Francesco is a
favorite to win the World Grand Prix.
So Francesco Bernoulli, here we are on the eve of the World Grand Prix. What do you
think of this new race and its three courses?
Francesco Bernoulli: There is so much beautiful scenery to drive through – it gives Francesco
something to enjoy after he’s pulled so far ahead of his competitors.
Are you looking forward to the second race in your hometown of Porto Corsa, Italy?
Francesco: Si, si. Francesco grew up racing on that track - he could win it blindfolded. But that
would not be fair to the women who love to see Francesco’s beautiful eyes.
Some are saying you might be the “Greatest Race Car in the World.” What do you say to
Francesco: Francesco puts his wheels on one at a time, just like everyone else. Of course,
everyone else cannot do the stupendous things with their tires like Francesco can.
What makes Francesco Bernoulli so fast?
Francesco: What makes Lightning McQueen so slow? Some questions can never truly be
Growing up near the famous Monza race course, did you always want to be a world
champion race car?
Francesco: From the moment Francesco first raced the famous Pista di Alta Velocita bank turn
he knew: he would be handsome, irresistible and the fastest race car in the world.
You’re quite a popular race star. How do you deal with the fame?
Francesco: One “auto”-graph at a time.
The field of racers is quite impressive. What do you think of your competitors and your
chances of winning?
Francesco: These cars are all champions, Mel – most are undefeated in their racing leagues.
In that way they are inexperienced, like babies. And so Francesco will make them cry, like
But one of your chief competitors, Lightning McQueen, has an advantage on those tricky
Francesco: What was that, Mel? Lightning McQueen likes to play dirty? Francesco would like
to see him try!
Finally, how fast is Francesco Bernoulli?
Francesco: When Francesco was very young he broke the speed limit. They still cannot repair
Mel Dorado got his start in broadcasting in the late 1970s as an assistant at WCNC, World Car
News Chicago. With 14 Golden Fender awards and “The Mel Dorado Show” now in syndication,
the Caddy with the golden touch is showing no signs of breaking down.
*Disclaimer - I was not compensated for this post. It is part of a PR release from Disney. I just wanted to share a bit of the fun since my family enjoyed the movie.