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Andretti takes Stanley Cup for 200 mph ride on eve of Indy 500

Racing legend does lap with trophy at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Stanley Cup Final is approaching fast, but not as fast as the Cup itself was going Saturday.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted The Greatest Trophy in All of Sports on the eve of the Indy 500, and it rode in the car of racing legend Mario Andretti.

Tweet from @IMS: Hey @MarioAndretti, we think you might be making the Borg Warner Trophy a little bit jealous. 😏 Welcome to @IMS, Lord Stanley. #ThisIsMay | #Indy500 pic.twitter.com/o5qeErPgo2

Andretti took the Cup on a lap around the track and tweeted that the car reached 200 mph.

Tweet from @MarioAndretti: Everyone knows Andrettis are huge hockey fans....so the Stanley Cup at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today was awesome. Don't tell the NHL authorities, but I gave it a ride in my 2-seater. Lord Stanley has gone 200mph! @NHL @NHLonNBCSports @TomReidsPub pic.twitter.com/TghNlfwFyn

The Cup sat in the back of the 1969 Indy 500 champion's car as part of Honda Racing's "Fastest Seat in Sports."

Tweet from @PCaporali: So a very special guest just took an #IndyCar 2-seater ride with @MarioAndretti @IMS... ##NHL #StanleyCup #Indy500 pic.twitter.com/Zfz4KYrvM2

It was quite an experience for the Cup, which shared its driver rating for Andretti on Twitter.

Tweet from @StanleyCup: Driver rating: ������������������������������ https://t.co/NdDCgl5ZeO

Five stars. Can't beat that.

Grandson Marco Andretti will take part in the race Sunday at the Speedway, 50 years after Mario won it.

Game 1 of the Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins is Monday at Boston (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

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