Dabiel Ferenczi, a driver for YRC Worldwide, was named the best professional truck driver in Indiana after winning the four axle competition and receiving the highest overall score in the eight competing categories at the 2009 Indiana Truck Driving Championships. The annual event is sponsored by the Indiana Motor Truck Association.
Ferenczi, who resides in Niles, Mich., now qualifies to compete in the American Trucking Associations' National Truck Driving Championships August 18-22, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Penn. -- also known as the "Super Bowl of Safety." The winners from each of the seven other categories are also eligible to compete in the national championship.
Nearly 400 drivers from all 50 states will compete in Pittsburgh for four days, challenging their driving skills, and knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. From 18-wheeler five axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers -- they will drive a course that recreates situations truck drivers face daily. These maneuvers may include: an alley dock, a rear line stop, a side park, a scale stop, a right turn, a front line stop, and straight line driving through a diminishing clearance.
On Saturday night, August 22, one contestant will drive away as the 2009 National Grand Champion Truck Driver.
"The Truck Driving Championships represent the culmination of the industry's dedication to safety," said Indiana Motor Truck Association President & CEO Kenny Cragen. "I congratulate all the contestants and I hope Indiana cheers for our drivers as they move on to Nationals in Pittsburgh."
Indiana participants at Nationals for each category include:
Wm "Neal" Belton, YRC Worldwide, Avon, Ind. (Straight Truck)
Brian Clark, FedEx Express, Pittsboro, Ind. (Three-Axle)
Aaron McCormick, Con-way Freight, Muncie, Ind. (Four-Axle)
Don Conklin, YRC Worldwide, LaPorte, Ind. (Five-Axle)
Ron Marker, Wal-Mart Transportation, Washington, Ky. (Five-Axle Sleeper)
Daniel Ferenczi, YRC Worldwide, Niles, Mich. (Tankers)
Ronald Tobin, J.E.T. Transit, Huntingburg, Ind. (Flatbed)
Ralph Bogue, Styline Logistics, New Carlisle, Ind. (Twins)