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During the pursuit, Kowalski listens to radio station KOW, which is broadcasting from Goldfield, Nevada.A blind black disc jockey at KOW, who goes by the name of Super Soul (Cleavon Little), listens to the police radio frequency and encourages Kowalski to evade the police.(Distance between the towns is approximately 1,200 miles (1,900 km) by road).Kowalski is a Medal of Honor Vietnam War veteran and former race car driver and motorcycle racer.The story was based on two actual events: the disgraced career of a San Diego police, officer and a high-speed pursuit of a man who refused to stop and was killed when he crashed into a police roadblock.
Saturday afternoon, a vengeful off-duty highway patrolman and some local racist thugs break into the KOW studio and assault Super Soul and his engineer.
Later, the driver of a Jaguar E-Type roadster pulls up alongside Kowalski and challenges him to a race.
After the Jaguar driver nearly runs him off the road, Kowalski overtakes him and beats the Jaguar to a one-lane bridge, causing the Jaguar to crash into the river.
Super Soul seems to understand Kowalski and seems to see and hear Kowalski's reactions.
With the help of Super Soul, who calls Kowalski "the last American hero", Kowalski gains the interest of the news media, and people begin to gather at the KOW radio station to offer their support.
A car delivery driver, Kowalski (Barry Newman), arrives in Denver, Colorado late Friday night with a black Imperial.