Meridian Speedway has lost The Animal

Meridian Speedway has lost The Animal

From the Western Idaho Racing Association: We are with heavy hearts to have lost one of our racing family members, Art “The Animal” Heath lost his life in a car accident Friday morning. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends during this tragic time.
We will try to post any pertinent information as we receive it.
As of now, we know that Alsip & Pearsons Funeral Chapel in Nampa will be handling the services for the family.
We at WIRA would like to help the family with some the cost that will accumulate. We are taking donations at this time, if you wish to help, please send your funds to WIRA, PO Box 1184, Meridian, Idaho 83680.
Idaho Racing News has a tribute to Art on their website if you wish to share your thoughts.

From: Austin Hager
Yesterday near Meridian via mobile
Today is one of those days that we all need to come together as a family and support the family of one of our own. Art Heath was a truly amazing man and a fierce competitor. Every race day this year he would point at me and say “don’t you be yapping at me today”. Gonna miss the Animal and I say we name the “master of disaster” trophy after him. God speed my friend!


Colton Nelson
Yesterday near Meridian via mobile
The world didn’t end but a good life did, Art was a good man, a great friend, and an awesome racecar driver. You’ll be missed Art Heath, rest in paradise.

Mike Davis
23 hours ago
Nobody ever got more out of me on the track than Art. In a main earlier this year Art was multiple laps down and made it hell getting passed him, a couple laps later he came back by. Afterwards he laughed and said he didnt care what lap I was on he just wanted to be ahead of me. I dont think either of us raced anyone any harder then we raced each other. We never wrecked each other, never fought, never argued about it, just laughed and got ready for the next one. The guy had a huge heart. He would help anyone, he put so many people in his cars (myself included) just so they could come play with him. He was my favorite guy to race with and my favorite to watch. He was a good friend and will always be missed.
R.I.P Animal