Both Charles Martin Smith and Cindy Williams appear in the series Drive (2007) and the car-based film American Graffiti (1973)
The interstate highway scenes occur in an apparent desert. As of Episode 1.3, the race teams had only made it from Key West, Florida, to North Georgia. Neither state has a desert. Also, in a scene driving past a high way sign for Gainesville, Fl a mountain range can be seen in the background.