YRC Worldwide announced that 58 of its professional drivers will compete at the 2009 National Truck Driving Championships, to be held Aug. 18-22 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The drivers will compete against nearly 400 others for national titles in eight different classes of vehicles and for the overall title of National Grand Champion.
To qualify for the national championships, each driver placed first in his respective class at state competition. Both the state and national contests include challenging driving skills and maneuvering tests, a pretrip inspection and a written examination covering vehicle operation and federal safety regulations. To participate in state competitions, drivers must be accident-free for one year.
“We are proud of all of our professional drivers who participated in the state truck driving competitions,” says Mike Smid, president of YRC Inc. and chief operations officer of YRC Worldwide, based in Overland Park, Kan. “Their passion and motivation to compete is a display of their outstanding driving skills, professionalism and commitment to safety. We wish all of our drivers the best of luck at the National Truck Driving Championships.”