Arizona Truck Drivers Gearing up for Industry’s Top Prize

ATA Welcomes State Champs to Orlando for National Truck Driving Championships

Next week, American Trucking Associations is set to welcome more than 420 of the trucking industry’s top professional truck drivers to Orlando for the 80th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.

“Safety and precision will be the focus of these impressive professional truck drivers during this week in Orlando as they compete for honors at the National Truck Driving Championships,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Truck drivers work their entire careers and practice for moments like this to showcas e their safety skills and compete among friends.”

The National Truck Driving Championships open August 9 with competitors taking a walk-through of the driving course and registering for the different class events. From there, competitors will go on to compete in three phases of competition: a written examination testing background knowledge of rules and procedures pertinent to the trucking industry, a vehicle inspection to test competitors’ ability to detect vehicle malfunctions, and a driving skills test where competitors are graded on their ability to operate a truck through a series of obstacles.

Over three days, 428 competitors from all 50 states, including 35 first-time participants, representing 97 companies will compete for honors in one of eight different classes and the distinction of being crowned National Truck Driving Championships Bendix Grand Champion.

“These championships are a great spectacle and I couldn’t be more proud to interact with drivers from all corners of the country,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, President of Jet Express Inc. “The drivers take this event very seriously and practice and study year-round in preparation for the competition. Their dedication to their craft is really remarkable and representative of the trucking industry’s strong commitment to safety.”

The competition concludes on Aug. 12 with the announcement of the National Truck Driving Championships Bendix Grand Champion, along with the winners of each vehicle class and awards for the top performing state delegation, rookie of the year, and other recognitions.

“If you Google ‘professional truck driver’ it should display pictures of Arizona’s Truck Driving Championship team,” said Arizona Trucking Association President and CEO Tony Bradley. “With 208 combined years of professional truck driving experience and more than 15 million accident free miles, Arizona’s TDC drivers are the living embodiment of the professional truck driver who is dedicated to safe driving. Best of luck to all the professional drivers competing at this year’s National Truck Driving Championship.”

The Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry is a premiere sponsor of the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, taking place Aug. 9-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Competitors representing the state of Arizona include:

Sleeper Berth – Tramel A. Caldwell, Shamrock Foods Company
Four-Axle – David Coffel, FedEx Express
Tank Truck – Ina L. Daly, XPO Logistics, Inc.
Twins – Tobias Fierros Jr., ABF Freight System, Inc.
Straight Truck – Robert T. Gordon, XPO Logistics, Inc.
Three-Axle – Martin Orozco, FedEx Freight
Five-Axle – Jose A. Orozco, XPO Logistics, Inc.
Step Van – Sean E. Saxon, FedEX Ground
Flatbed – Steven D. Smalley, ABF Freight System, Inc.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward.

SOURCE American Trucking Associations