CHINA GROVE, N.C. - Charlotte is the motorsports hub of the world and a local team may now have the fastest cat on the planet.
Precision Performance Motorsports, based on China Grove, races in the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series. It’s a class of sports car racing where endurance is key.
"As soon as I found her, I knew I was going to keep her,” said transport driver, Bruce Kimmel.
The newest member of the Precision Performance Motorsports is a four-week old kitten. She has already endured quite the journey. The fury friend was found after hitching a cross country ride on the axle of the team's transporter.
"Our driver, Bruce Kimmel, heard her crying and found the 4-week-old kitten on the rear axle," Vice President Kelly Gdovic with ComServe Wireless said to FOX 46.
The experience made it easier to give the kitten a name.
Photo: Kelly Gdovic
"We has thought about duchess because our other cats name is Princess, but we thought Axle was more fitting because that's where we found her at,” said Kimmel.
Her meows were heard when the team parked after their 2,700 mile journey to Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in California. The kitten was pretty greasy, dehydrated and hungry.
"She was covered in black dust, like road dust and brake dust,” said Kimmel.
No matter where Axle hoped on she has a story to tell, most of the journey was by interstate making it more amazing she was able to hang on.
"She's a fighter...and survived to become part of our team's sweep of both races in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series with drivers Brandon Gdovic and Conor Daly," Gdovic said. Both drivers are with Precision Performance Motorsports.
The trip may have used one of Axle’s nine lives, but her return was much less wild by riding inside the truck appropriately named “stray cat”.
"She rode with me in the cab, she slept on my lap and played around and explored everything in the truck,” said Kimmel.
Part of her exploration included posing with the winning trophies from the weekend. Axle is now the teams good luck charm.
"She will probably go back with us to Road Atlanta,” said Kimmel.
The team is heading to a test at Road Atlanta. Axle will finally be able to return to home with Bruce Kimmel next week.