FORT JACKSON, S.C. --
Not long after wrapping up the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, Savoie and Brown traveled to South Carolina to take part in a two day program that included plenty of mental and physical challenges.
"What an opportunity," said Savoie, who finished second in the '04 Pro Stock Bike point standings. "I had plenty of respect for our soldiers before we went through this program, but I definitely have a greater appreciation now for all that they do."
"It was a tremendous hands-on experience," added Brown, who ended up third in the final driver standings. "It's something to see how the Army transforms civilians to soldiers."
"I can tell you the Victory Tower was extremely challenging," offered Savoie, a three-time Pro Stock Bike world champion. "The ropes course was real hard. It put a lot of pressure on my arms. I was dead tired after doing it."
"The whole thing was quite remarkable. I know it made me a better person as a result. Honestly, it was all positive from start to finish. Everything is always I can - never I can't. That's a refreshing approach to have in life, in general."
Given the experience, both drivers agreed that they will now see soldiers in an even clearer light.
"You really get a good feel for what these young men and women go through," said Savoie. "They're constantly giving everything they have. I'm proud to have them protecting our way of life."
"I feel the same exact way," added Brown. "To see what they're going through to defend our freedom is simply overwhelming."
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