Jaded by the racing scene, he left that world, apparently taking out time to study medicine. The famous #51 disappeared into obscurity, leaving many wondering where he had gone. He instead opted for a simple navy blue paint job and the life of a doctor in the tiny town of Radiator Springs, the "shining jewel" of the mother road - Route 66. He runs Doc's clinic. As times changed and the town got bypassed in favor of Interstate 40, Doc stayed on, even when the population had dwindled to a meager dozen or so residents. He is respected, well-loved, and serves not only as the town's physician, but as its judge, as well. After meeting the young hot shot Lightning McQueen, Doc found himself seeing far too much of himself in the #95 rookie. Doc called the news and press who rushed over in droves and took McQueen on to the Piston Cup. Seeing how disheartened everyone was, Doc took back his old #51 colors to become the young racer's pit crew chief. By the end of the film, Doc has opted to keep his racing colors and becomes a trainer as well as crew chief to the young McQueen.