The new owners of the former Lancaster Speedway, now the New York International Raceway Park, have been working non-stop to prepare the raceway for an opening event this weekend.
All the old rubber is being taken off the track and workers installing a brand new sign, with a brand new name.
The new name was once the name of a track the family owned in Livingston County. And, owners say, even after the new sign is put in they’re going to keep the old logo around.
“We are keeping that logo on everything, because that’s very important everyone knows it’s in Lancaster, because it’s such a landmark,” said Sylvia Antonicelli co-owner.
Upgrading the raceway is an ongoing process.
“We’re just mainly cleaning up and getting rid of some dirt piles and some old buildings that were here,” said Mike Swinarski, co-owner. He along with Vito Antonicelli finalized the sale of the property earlier this month. “It needs painting there’s a lot of work to do. And the weather hasn’t helped at all.”
The race track has been open for decades, and the issue of noise and rowdiness has been brought up by neighbors in years past. But, Sylvia Antonicelli says, they’ve got a plan for that.
“We have an outside security agency that’s going to be coming in doing security,” said Sylvia Antonicelli. “I have spoken with the Sheriff’s department they are going to make their presence here this year, quite often.”