Hinchcliffe takes to skies in advance of Red Bull Air Race in Indy (VIDEO)

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James Hinchcliffe has occasionally said if he wasn’t a race car driver, he’d be an astronaut – so he clearly has a love of aviation even though his day job involves driving a land speed rocketship, the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

But Hinchcliffe got a taste of the skies in an entirely different way earlier this week, riding shotgun in Kirby Chambliss’ Red Bull airplane. Chambliss, the American veteran pilot, leads the Red Bull Air Race World Championship points standings at the moment.

Watch above as Hinchcliffe gets a taste of a different kind of G-loading – and look out for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when it arrives October 14-15, with coverage on NBC Sports.

A few social posts from the event are below, as well.