Mr. Tickles began life as a stray on the streets of North Carolina. That’s when Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger and his girlfriend Tara Meadow found a cat under a dumpster. the temperature that day was 105 degrees so Tara decided she had to rescue the cat and bring it home.

Now Mr. Tickles travels with AJ Allmendinger when he flies around the country to different race tracks.

“It’s been fun, you know, because with the airlines that we fly on as a team, it’s not like you can bring your own dog on the plane or anything like that,” Allmendinger said. “So we’ve got a little cat backpack and he gets in it and gets under the chair and goes to sleep and it’s good entertainment throughout the course of a weekend when I’m stressing myself out.”

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