Information that Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania had caught fireplace because of a deliberate act of arson broke in late April, disheartening followers that grew up attending and watching races on the now-defunct advanced which previously hosted NASCAR and IndyCar competitors. Not solely was it a sizzling spot for inventory automotive and open-wheel motion throughout its 94 years of operation, but it surely was additionally the house observe to one among racing's first households—the Andrettis. Now, after a video of the act surfaced on Snapchat, a pair of teenagers have admitted to inflicting the damages to one of many Northeast's most storied motorsport amenities.
One of many buildings on-site was the first focus of the teenagers who, based on native outlet 69 Information, brought about a complete of $15okay in damages. No accidents have been reported as the teenagers have been the one folks current on the time of the hearth.
Nazareth Speedway has stood vacant for the higher a part of a decade because it awaits its destiny underneath new proprietor Raceway Properties LLC.
Different members of the Andretti household, equivalent to Mario's son Michael and nephew John, additionally competed at Nazareth.
Space information supply Lehigh Valley Reside alleges that the 2 teenagers—one aged 15 and one other aged 14—used the hearth to cook dinner Jiffy Pop popcorn they'd stolen from a close-by retailer. They reportedly additionally stole lighter fluid and a lighter, each of which have been seemingly used to start out the hearth.
Whereas they could have thought they have been intelligent to drag off such a stunt, Detective Sgt. Michael Melinsky explains all of them however busted themselves by showing in a Snapchat video depicting the hearth, supposedly to brag to their buddies of what they'd completed.
The IndyStar not too long ago visited Nazareth Speedway with Mario Andretti to recount his reminiscences that began on the facility's half-mile dust observe. This was after the hearth which, sadly, solely contributed to the grounds' dilapidation that is partly owed to man in addition to nature.
"Nazareth Speedway doesn’t exist. … I suppose the gates are nonetheless there but it surely’s like an deserted discipline," Andretti's longtime PR consultant Patty Reid instructed the IndyStar.