More than 430 of the nation’s safest professional drivers began their pursuit of the most coveted title in the industry on Wednesday — the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.
The 78th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships features 431 drivers representing 85 companies from all 50 states, all competing for the title of grand champion.
“For millions of people, St. Louis was the gateway to the West and to opportunity,” said American Trucking Associations (ATA) Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C. “And now, these professionals have the opportunity to compete here in these truck driving championships – as well as the opportunity to demonstrate trucking’s deep commitment to safety and professionalism.”
Following Wednesday’s course review, the competition kicks off today following the Breakfast of Champions, and consists of a written test where competitors will prove their knowledge of trucking and highway safety as well as three days of demonstrating their driving skills before the Grand Champion is crowned Saturday night.
The Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry is premiere sponsor of the 2015 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, taking place at the America’s Center Convention Complex and Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.