PITTSBURGH, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, more than 400 of the nation's safest, most professional drivers began their pursuit of the most coveted title in trucking: Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion at the 77th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.
"Over the next four days, the competitors gathered in Pittsburgh will put their skills and minds to the test, and demonstrate our industry's deep commitment to safety and professionalism," said American Trucking Associations Chairman Phil Byrd, president and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express, Charleston, S.C. "On behalf of ATA, our members and staff, I wish them all the best during the competition."
This year, 426 competitors from all 50 states, including 23 first-time participants and 11 women, are competing for the title of Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion, sponsored for the fourth straight year by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC.
This afternoon, the competition kicks off with a written test where competitors will demonstrate their knowledge of trucking and highway safety. On Thursday, following the Breakfast of Champions, sponsored by Meritor Inc., the drivers will take to the course for the first of three days of driving before the Grand Champion is crowned Saturday night.
The National Truck Driving Championships, along with the National Step Van Driving Championships and the North American Inspectors Championship will take place Aug. 12-16 at Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
NTDC annually attracts over 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators. For more information, visit the 2014 National Truck Driving Championships website. Follow NTDC next week on Twitter or on Facebook.
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 Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward
SOURCE American Trucking Associations