Heart Like a Wheel stars Bonnie Bedelia as the real-life racing champion Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney. Overcoming sexist hurdles in the 1960s, Shirley works hard to qualify for America's major car racing competitions. Cheering her on is her dad (Hoyt Axton), and--at least at first--her mechanic husband, Jack Muldowney (Leo Rossi). Jack, however, becomes jealous of Shirley's success and leaves her. She then casts her lot with the banned racer Connie Kalita (Beau Bridges). Things comes to a head at the 1966 National Hot Rod Association World Championship, a race Shirley eventually wins three times.