Mario Andretti returns to abandoned Nazareth Speedway. Brianna Spause/For the Star, Brianna Spause/For the Star

Through the grogginess, I reach for my phone, open the recording app and whisper, “It’s 3 in the morning and I’m awake and sweating because I just had a nightmare I got into a car accident with Mario Andretti.”

I was spending the night 15 minutes outside of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, the quaint hometown of racing icon Mario Andretti. As the 50th anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 victory approaches, I have arranged to meet the living legend at his villa and chauffeur him to the first track he ever called home: Nazareth Speedway.

The plan was to walk

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