DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Turning laps around Daytona International Speedway at nearly 200 mph and pulling G-forces that take your breath away are nothing compared to what pilots with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds experience.
Just ask Ryan Blaney.
The 23-year-old Blaney, who is entering his second season with Wood Brothers Racing, admittedly vomited after his flight with the Thunderbirds this week.
He managed to hold everything down during his hour-long flight, which took off from Daytona Beach International Airport and included a manifest of aerial maneuvers high above Kennedy Space Center. Once he landed, though, it was a much different story.
"Let's get this out of the way: I vomited," he said at Daytona 500 media day. "I didn't pass out, which was nice. It was awesome, a great experience."
Here's video of Blaney's flight.
Blaney volunteered for the once-in-a-lifetime experience this year after friend and fellow driver Chase Elliott do it during Speedweeks in 2016. Cup Series rookie Erik Jones, who is driving for Furniture Row Racing, also flew with the Thunderbirds.
"I was jealous that Chase got to go last year," Blaney said. "They're part of the flyover on Sunday. It was neat to see how all that works, how professional they are. It was awesome. I respect them a lot. Until you actually fly with them, you have no idea. That was a really cool experience."
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