WESTLAKE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TravelCenters of America LLC (“TravelCenters”) (Nasdaq: TA) announced its sponsorship of the 2018 TA Truck Service Challenge competition for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series for professional transport drivers. The challenge is hosted and managed by Marketing 500.
The TA Truck Service Challenge, conducted the day the transport haulers arrive at the track, tests the transport drivers’ skill behind the wheel as well as their knowledge of Department of Transportation (DOT) rules of the highway.
Each team transport driver will compete in six competitions, earning points for both their driving skills in a driver course and their knowledge of DOT regulations in a written exam. A winner is named for each individual competition and will earn a $1,000 prize. At the end of the season, a Grand Champion will be crowned at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The first place driver will win $25,000, second place will win $10,000 and third place will win $5,000.
The 2018 TA Truck Service Challenge season includes the following competitions:
Atlanta Motor Speedway - Thursday, February 22, 2018
Texas Motor Speedway - Thursday, April 5, 2018
Sonoma Raceway - Thursday, June 21, 2018
Kentucky Speedway - Thursday, July 12, 2018
Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Thursday, September 13, 2018
Charlotte Motor Speedway - Thursday, September 27, 2018
“Every item at the race, from the race cars to the bottles of water at the concession stands are transported by a truck driven by a highly skilled professional,” said Barry Richards, President and COO of TravelCenters of America. “We are honored to recognize the transport drivers and the valuable role they play in the racing series.”
The 2012 Truck Challenge Champion, Joe Gibbs Racing transport driver, Tom McCrimmon shared his excitement about the competition.
“The transport drivers in the NASCAR garage are really grateful to TA Truck Service for sponsoring this Challenge. They have given us a chance to show the public what transport driving is all about and what professional truck drivers really do.”
The TA Truck Service Challenge is free and open to race enthusiasts holding the proper credentials, and all NASCAR fans can visit the TA Truck Service and Goodyear booth in the Fan Zone throughout the weekend. Follow each of the competitions and see the winners at www.tatruckchallenge.com.
About TravelCenters of America LLC
TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, conducts business in 43 states and Canada, principally under the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands and the Minit Mart® convenience store brand. For more information on TravelCenters, TA, and Petro Stopping Centers, please visit www.ta-petro.com. For more information on Minit Mart, please visit www.minitmart.com.
About TA Truck Service™
The TA Truck Service network includes 244 truck service facilities, the commercial tire network, 1,090 repair bays, nearly 3,000 technicians, a fleet of more than 600 RoadSquad service trucks, more than 2,000 third party provider service trucks and more than 100 OnSite™ mobile maintenance vehicles. TA Truck Service technicians are distinguished with more than 2,000 ASE certifications. TA Truck Service is a division of TravelCenters of America LLC, which offers diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair facilities, convenience stores and other services in 43 states and in Canada. For more information about TA and TA Truck Service, please visit www.ta-petro.com.
About Marketing 500
Marketing 500 has extensive experience formulating and implementing successful promotions in numerous industries and at both the retailer and wholesaler level. Marketing 500 plays a key role in helping clients strengthen their brand and relationships with customers through creative marketing programs designed to meet the target objective. Whether promoting and/or enhancing an existing brand, or introducing a new brand/product, Marketing 500 is uniquely qualified to handle all of your marketing needs. Visit www.Marketing500.com for more information.