YRC Worldwide announced today that the American Trucking Associations (ATA) selected professional drivers Alphonso Lewis and Randy Briggs to serve as America's Road Team Captains.
For the next two years, Lewis and Briggs will serve alongside colleagues from other transportation providers as members of America's Road Team, a select group of 18 professional drivers with superior safety records.
America's Road Team members participate in speaking engagements, media events and drivers' education classes on behalf of the industry. These professional drivers will address transportation issues and answer questions about the trucking industry and its commitment to highway safety. America's Road Team was created in 1986 to represent the trucking industry and is sponsored by Volvo Trucks North America.
"We are extremely proud of Alphonso and Randy," said Mike Smid, YRC president and YRC Worldwide chief operations officer. "They are outstanding leaders and professionals, committed to safety and dedicated to serving our customers. We are honored to have them represent our company and our industry as captains on America's Road Team."
Alphonso Lewis, a YRC driver based in Montgomery, Ala., took his place among the driving elite in 2007, placing first in the National Truck Driving Championships and being named Grand Champion. Lewis also placed first in the Alabama Truck Driving Championships five times, and earned the title of State Grand Champion in 2005. As a participant in the Professional Freight Handlers Championships, he earned the District Championship four times and was National Champion in 2001. Lewis is a member of his local service center's Injury Prevention Council.
Randy Briggs, a YRC driver based in Salt Lake City, was the 2009 Utah State Champion in the Straight Truck class of the National Truck Driving Championships. He was the first-place winner of the regional Professional Freight Handlers Competition in 2007. Briggs is active in his community, working with the Primary Children's Medical Center's Festival of Trees and Scouting for Food.
This new America's Road Team will serve through December 2012. Also participating in the selection process for the 2011–2012 America's Road Team were YRC drivers Julian Alexander of Chicago Heights, Ill., and J.C. Miller of Kernersville, N.C.
Road Team Captains will share safe driving tips and offer motorists advice on how to safely share the road with commercial vehicles. They also will have the opportunity to speak on trucking and safety concerns at the state and federal government levels.