LAPD officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is sent undercover to infiltrate and bust a hijacking ring after a semi-trailer truck is robbed in the middle of the night on a Los Angeles highway by three Honda Civics. On the night of a local street race, Brian enters his car against Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). If he wins, he'll get cash and Dominic’s respect. Activating too much nitrous oxide in the middle of the race, Brian’s lack of racing knowledge takes a toll on him and he ultimately loses. Soon after, LAPD arrive on the scene and Brian helps Dominic escape through an alleyway, winning Dominic’s respect. Brian soon begins to question his loyalties when his new street racing friends become the prime suspects.