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Racecar drivers seek vindication on the debate over their status as true athletes

Two professional IndyCar drivers compete boot-camp style to showcase physical fitness at Texas Motor Speedway.

Ryan Briscoe and J.R. Hildebrand hit an obstacle course near Texas Motor Speedway's Lone Star Tower to dispel the notion that professional drivers aren't 'real' athletes. 

Elite Boot Camp owner, Sgt. Robert Johnson, is responsible for the course's layout. Four-time Olympic gold medal winner, Michael Johnson, was the coach and evaluated their performances.

Briscoe and Hildebrand each stick to a unique a formula for staying in shape. 23-year-old Hildebrand's routine includes boxing, mixed martial arts and even marathon competitions. Power's regimen spices up his workouts with swimming and rowing. 

IndyCar Series drivers, Tony Kanaan and Vitor Meira plan to compete in this year's Ironman Triathlon.

The event is especially important for Panther Racing rookie, Hildebrand, who is looking to make a fresh start after crashing his car during the final lap of the Indy 500. 

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