The search is on for a top professional truck driver, and the winner winds up $10,000 richer.
Nominations have opened in Pilot Flying J’s sixth annual Road Warrior program, which the company’s president says is their way of “recognizing the many exceptional drivers that are critical to the industry and our economy.”
The winner gets the grand prize of $10,000. The winner of second place gets $5,000, and $2,500 goes to third place. Those who submit one of the winning nominations receive $500. Nominations can be made through July 22.
“Each year, we are excited to celebrate professional drivers and show appreciation for their tireless work and commitment to delivering the goods that make daily life possible,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J, in a statement. “The Road Warrior program is our way of thanking and recognizing the many exceptional drivers that are critical to the industry and our economy.”
Entries are judged on the impact the nominee has made on the industry, in their community and the compelling nature of their story, according to the company. Pilot Flying J will select the three finalists, who will be voted on by professional drivers and members of Pilot Flying J’s social media community during seven days in August. People can vote once a day. Winners will be announced during Driver Appreciation Week in September.
Victoria Andrade, a UPS driver, and full-time mom, was named the 2018 grand prize Road Warrior winner. Andrade was recognized by Pilot Flying J for her dedication to the industry and her family. She began working at UPS as a part-time car washer to help support her eight siblings and pay for her college education. Andrade graduated with her degree and remained with UPS, working her way up to be the first female in South Texas to become a feeder driver for UPS.