ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Vinny LeCavalier might get chills from the coolest game on earth, but he says riding in the Indy Racing Experience two-seater may be scarier.
LeCavalier, the captain of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and grand marshal of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, took a hot lap with racing legend Mario Andretti before the race on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit.
“I’ve driven some cars before, but that’s definitely a different ballgame,” said LeCavalier, who also traded a Lightning jersey for one of Alex Tagliani’s racing suits. “I couldn’t believe how fast it was, especially since I wasn’t driving and I didn’t know where we were going. It was a great experience.”
Lecavalier said racing is “way scarier than anything the NHL,” but something he enjoys.
“It’s just another world,” he said. “It was great experience and a lot of fun. Mario Andretti is driving you. How great is that. I took some videos and I took some pictures. It was just very exciting.”