Driver wins new Western Star in Landstar contest

Updated Jul 19, 2018
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An Alabama owner-operator has a new truck thanks to a contest staged recently by Landstar System, Inc.

The winner, David Zelsdorf, of Albertville, Alabama, received a 2019 Western Star 5700XE tractor with a Detroit DD15, 14.8L engine and a Detroit DT12TM automated manual transmission. He was one of eight semi-finalists randomly drawn from 989 eligible business capacity owners (BCOs), Landstar’s term for owner-operators leased to the company. Zelsdorf leased on to Landstar in 1997 and became a One Million Mile Safe Driver in 2007.

The truck giveaway was the highlight of the 7th Annual Landstar BCO All-Star Celebration held July 1-3 in Savannah, Georgia. Each year, Landstar gives away a truck, including all registration fees and taxes, to one of its Million Mile and Roadstar safe truck owner-operators. The truck giveaway is supported by Pilot/Flying J and Western Star.

“We are proud of the safety-first owner-operators who are leased to Landstar, especially those who have reached the Million Mile Safe Driver and Roadstar milestones,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni. “Landstar is pleased to continue the tradition, which started in 1994, of giving away at least one new truck each year to one of our BCOs. We also appreciate the contributing support of our sponsor companies Pilot/Flying J and Western Star in helping us reward service excellence with a chance to win such a life-changing prize.”