UNCC suspends car club, investigates races

A UNC Charlotte car club has been suspended while officials investigate whether members violated university codes after at least a dozen street races that followed a campus meeting.

The suspension follows an undercover investigation into organized street racing that led Charlotte-Mecklenburg police to students belonging to the Horsepower Addicts Club.

Police arrested four people earlier this month after a group of about 300 cars met on campus and traveled to Interstate 485 to race. None of the people arrested were UNCC students. But the investigators said at least one person at the race has ties to the club. Whether the person – who was taped by undercover officers at other meetings – is a member or a UNCC student isn't clear, police Detective Louis Rango told the Observer.

He shared his findings with the university last week after completing his criminal investigation.

Club members told the Observer that their organization, which prohibits racing, was not involved in the recent races. Their group typically only meets in the evening during the spring and fall semesters at a parking lot on campus.

On Aug. 16, about 300 cars and drivers met on a parking deck at the university before parading to the highway. They had a dozen races before authorities caught up to them at more than 100 mph, police said.

The Horsepower Addicts Club is prohibited from holding activities, including car rallies and organization meetings until the university's investigation is complete, the university said Monday.