Chick Hicks (voiced by Michael Keaton) is "a generic Pixar design, 'a stock 1980s American car'" according to Pixar publicity coordinator Amanda Sorena, but strongly resembles a GM G-body, with features from both the Chevrolet Monte Carlo and the Buick Grand National. As the real-life General Motors wanted nothing to do with the character, rejecting an initial Pixar proposal to cast a Chevrolet stock car as the movie's villain, Chick is effectively an orphan. He has spent his entire career trailing Strip "The King" Weathers, and is bitter about this fact. His sponsor is the "Hostile Takeover Bank".

His pit crew are mean to Guido, underestimating him for being tiny, although his skills are shown to be superior to their own. Chick's racing number 86, is a reference to the year 1986, when Pixar Studios was founded. "86" is also a slang term for destroying or getting rid of something.