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  • This episode is a parody of, and tribute to, Speed Racer, the English dub of the 1960s anime Mach Go Go Go since the series has been airing on Cartoon Network at the time the animation is also a tribute to the anime to due to weird movements on the characters in some areas and the mouths not syncing up with the voices.
  • Dexter's role and racing outfit in this episode are a reference to Speed Racer, the eponymous protagonist of his series.
  • Mandark's role and racing outfit in this episode are a reference to Snake Oiler from Speed Racer who was also Speed's rival.
  • Dad's role and his outfit in this episode is based on Speed's father, Pops and is a reference to the character himself in the series.
    • The way Dad speaks in this episode is much like Pops who is a fast talker when he had a conversation with his son Speed as is to Dad's son, Dexter.
  • Dee Dee's role as Racer D in this episode is based on Racer X and she serves as a female counterpart of the eponymous character. The other role she plays as is Spritle Racer, Speed's younger brother with Monkey included as the role of Chim-Chim.
  • Dexter's car, the Mark 5 is a reference to the Mach 5, while Mandark's car, the Villan is a reference to the Hydrophiidae.
  • The pause right after the volcano erupts is a reference to the unexplained five second pauses seen in each Speed Racer episode, where the episode title would go in the original Japanese version of Mach Go Go Go.
  • The music played while Dexter and Mandark are racing each other is very similar to the music played during the beginning of the Speed Racer episode "The Most Dangerous Race, Part 1", while Snake Oiler (whom Mandark's outfit and role are based on) and the Car Acrobatic Team wreak havoc on the race track.
  • The narrator saying that Racer D is actually Dexter's older sister Dee Dee is a reference to how on every episode, the narrator of Speed Racer mentions that Racer X is Speed's older brother.
  • In this episode, Dee Dee and Mandark do not seem to recognize each other despite having previously met and Mandark himself shows no attraction toward Dee Dee, instead being in love with her alter ego Racer D. It can be implied that here, they are just "following the script".
    • This also likely implies that this episode takes place in a different continuity or that Dee Dee simply did not recognize Mandark due to her usual idiocy and he did not recognize her due to her childish appearance and her explanation being too fast to understand as he was unable to tell she was Racer D despite her unintentionally telling him directly.
    • Another possibility is that the reintroduction was merely used as an exposition parodying the long and convoluted introductions and explanations often seen in Japanese animated media.
  • The turtle that causes both Dee Dee and Mandark to crash in their respective races may be a reference to the Green/Red Shell power-up used in Nintendo's Mario Kart franchise.
  • Tom Kenny would later use his narrator voice for The Powerpuff Girls.
  • During the Dexter's Laboratory Top 10 event that aired during Cartoon Network's weekly block Cartoon Cartoon Fridays on August 16, 2002, this episode was number 8.
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