Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American comedy film, directed by Adam McKay and starring Will Ferrell. The film also features John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Amy Adams, Gary Cole, Jane Lynch, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Various Saturday Night Live alumni also make appearances.
Racetrack scenes at Texas Motor Speedway were shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, using a Porsche Cayenne outfitted with camera mounts on all four corners of the car.
Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) was born to "go fast". He was born in the back seat of his father's car and raised solely by his mother, Lucy Bobby (Jane Lynch), while his alcoholic father, Reese Bobby (Gary Cole), is absent. At age ten, Reese shows up during Career Day at Ricky's school, but after giving a vulgar speech, he is thrown out of the school. Before leaving, Reese tells Ricky "If you ain't first, you're last," a quote that Ricky commits to memory. Many years later, while working on a pit crew as the jackman for a race team, he replaces an uninterested driver and ends up finishing in third place, despite starting mid-race in last place. Ricky quickly soars to the top of NASCAR, achieving fame and fortune at Dennit Racing and meeting his future wife, Carley (Leslie Bibb). He arranges to get his best friend, Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly), as the second driver of the team.