NASCAR Thunder 2003 (PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox)
|NASCAR Thunder 2003|
This game has a prototype article
Search for leftovers relating to Tim Fedewa and Kerry Earnhardt, apart from voice clips.
NASCAR Thunder 2003 is the second title in EA Sports' NASCAR Thunder trilogy, based on the first full season since the passing of Dale Earnhardt. Some features that would be made famous in EA Sports' NASCAR games would debut in this title.
Some audio calls corresponding to several unused drivers, including tens of legend drivers, can be found.
|Mario Andretti||Joe Moore mispronounces Andretti's first name.|
|Allen Bestwick||Was never a driver; likely a fantasy/broadcaster-themed car?|
|Wally Dallenbach||Possibly would have been a broadcaster-themed car in that game, given it is placed with Bestwick's.|
|Kerry Earnhardt||Kerry Earnhardt's car can be seen in one of the game's tutorial videos.|
|Bobby Hamilton Jr.|
|Buckshot Jones||Buckshot Jones has two voice lines. The first is grouped with the Busch series drivers, while the second is grouped with several Cup series drivers.|
|Jimmy Spencer is playable as a Cup Series driver; his Busch Series ride, the #1 Freight Chevrolet, is driven by James Finch instead, leaving this unused.|
Some drivers are also present as playable drivers, but their voice calls go unused.
Dale Earnhardt and Jason Leffler has unused portraits, matching the style that used in NASCAR Thunder 2002, indicating that they are leftovers from that game.
Does the series contingency sticker on Brian Vickers' car actually says Busch Series on it?
The Daytona infield course (which is not actually based on the real-life Daytona road course) has an explicit NASCAR Winston Cup Series billboard in one of the corners. This would be fixed in the sequel, but the sequel still has traces of the Winston Cup logo somewhere...
Additionally, Timber Wolf, Jeff Purvis' smokeless tobacco sponsor, is explicitly mentioned by name in the paint scheme changer menu in the Season mode. (Busch Series drivers do not have a visible paint changer when selecting a driver, except for Dale Earnhardt Jr., being the only second-tier series driver to have multiple paint schemes.)
Kasey Kahne's Profile
Kasey Kahne's profile (birthday and hometown) in this game is actually a copy of Elton Sawyer's from NASCAR Thunder 2002, presumably due to the number belonging to the same team. This can result in Kahne retiring earlier if he appears in the Career mode.
|NT2002 Elton Sawyer||NT2003 Kasey Kahne|
Jeff Gordon 2001 DuPont Scheme
The rear quarter of Jeff Gordon's 2001 paint scheme is almost completely identical to his 2002 scheme, with GMAC on the bottom of the "driver" (ahead of the rear wheels) slot and Lowe's on the rear end of the "team" (at the sides of the rear bumper), as well as Quaker State on the rear greenhouse. Lowe's was never a Jeff Gordon sponsor in 2001, with Fritos being where GMAC was on the 2002 scheme and Quaker State being on the "team" slot instead of the rear greenhouse, among others.
|2002 DuPont Chevrolet||2001 DuPont Chevrolet|
Jimmy Spencer's menu car number graphics uses a different number font from what he actually uses in his car, an issue that would be carried over in NASCAR Thunder 2004 (when the #41 was driven by Casey Mears).
Coy Gibbs' car uses a different font number instead of what he uses in real life, the standard Joe Gibbs Racing #20 font also used in the Cup Series by Tony Stewart. The origin of Coy Gibbs' font used in this game is unknown.
The NASCAR series
|Windows||NASCAR Racing 2003 Season|
|PlayStation||NASCAR 98 • NASCAR 99 • NASCAR Thunder 2004|
|PlayStation 2||NASCAR Thunder 2003 • NASCAR Thunder 2004 • NASCAR 06: Total Team Control|
|Nintendo 64||NASCAR 99 • NASCAR 2000|
|GameCube||NASCAR Thunder 2003|
|Xbox||NASCAR Thunder 2003 • NASCAR Thunder 2004 • NASCAR 06: Total Team Control|
|Windows||NASCAR Road Racing • NASCAR SimRacing|
|Game Boy Color||NASCAR Racers • NASCAR Heat • NASCAR Challenge|
|Dusenberry Martin Racing/704Games/Motorsport Games|
|PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows||NASCAR Heat 2 • NASCAR Heat 5|
|NES||Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge|
|Nintendo 3DS||NASCAR Unleashed|
|NES||Days of Thunder (Beam Software) • Days of Thunder (Mindscape)|
|PlayStation 3||Gran Turismo 5 (Prototype) • Gran Turismo 6 (Prototype)|
|Xbox One, Windows||Forza Motorsport 7|
|iOS, Android||Real Racing 3|