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Vroom, vroom! Montgomery gets high-speed trip around Texas Motor Speedway

The Stars head coach rode with racing legend Helio Castroneves before Saturday's IndyCar race in Fort Worth

by Jeff Odom @jeffodom / DallasStars.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jim Montgomery knows a thing or two about speed, centering his coaching philosophy around an up-tempo, relentless style of play on the ice.

On Saturday, however, it was the Stars head coach that got his own lesson in speed away from the rink -- lots of it.

 

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Serving as the passenger to auto racing legend Helio Castroneves in an open-wheel two-seater before the IndyCar DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, Montgomery -- wearing his own personal red and black firesuit and helmet -- led the field for two pace laps around the mile-and-a-half track at well over 100 mph.

"The ride's incredible," Montgomery told NBC Sports Network from inside the car. "The adrenaline is like a Stanley Cup Playoff game."

Tweet from @NHLonNBCSports: "The adrenaline is like a #StanleyCup Playoff Game!"@DallasStars Head Coach Jim Montgomery got to ride along in the @IndyCar two-seater before the race at @TXMotorSpeedway on @NBCSN: https://t.co/3KgLFKzRoF pic.twitter.com/XvNrgqpq0Z

While riding with the 44-year-old Castroneves, a record-tying, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion who is revered as one of the greatest open-wheel drivers of all time, was a treat for Montgomery, it wasn't his only thrill of the evening. Montgomery also toured the garage area, meeting Graham Rahal's crew, shook hands with several drivers and was introduced on stage to the crowd of thousands. 

He caught up with Stars forward Mattias Janmark on pit road, too, shortly before heading out on the track. Janmark, who signed a one-year, $2.3 million contract extension with Dallas on Thursday, was at the race to support Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson.

Check out some additional photos below of Montgomery's day.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

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