April 4, 2000 Jacksonville, FL - Landstar business capacity owner John Lohman of Nortonville, Kentucky outmaneuvered 12 others to earn the title of Landstar 2000 Regional Safe Truck Driving Champion. Joyce Vassar came in second and her husband Jerry took third. The course, set up at a Landstar agency in Fontana, California, is the first of seven regional competitions being held this year nationwide. Lohman and the Vassars will go on to compete in Landstar's National Safe Truck Driving Championships in Jacksonville, Florida, in October.
"It's more luck than anything," said Lohman modestly. "Although I think I had an advantage over the others because I pull a 53' van every day." Lohman, who has been a professional truck operator for 53 years, says he has entered Landstar's Annual Safe Driving Championship once before, but this is his first win.
Landstar Chairman, President and CEO, Jeff Crowe said Lohman and his competitors exemplify Landstar's commitment to safety. "We're proud of John, his driving skills and his commitment to safety," said Crowe. "We appreciate all the competitors and their safe, professional approach to everything they do."
The championship obstacle course, part of Landstar's extensive safety program, tests precision driving skills, including right turns, alley docking, off-set alley lane changing, scale positioning, distance perception and straight line driving. The competition also includes a pre-trip inspection test. Drivers must also follow standard Landstar safety policy. Contestants can be disqualified for failure to wear a seatbelt or jumping out of the truck instead of following the three-point stance when exiting.
"Business capacity owners like John, Joyce and Jerry are put to the test every day," said Crowe. "Their safe driving skills are a true testament to their professionalism and commitment to keeping our roads safe."
The term business capacity owner refers to a Landstar independent contractor who operates a small business and provides the equipment necessary to haul freight. Lohman has been a Landstar business capacity owner for 18 years. He and his wife Helen have been married 53 years. They live near Madisonville, Kentucky in a town called Nortonville.
In October, the winners will compete against the other regional winners in the national competition, which will be held in conjunction with Landstar Appreciation Days at the company's orientation center in St. Augustine, Florida. National winners drive off with laptop computers and trophies.
"This is going to be hard to live down," said Jerry Vassar of Nampa, Idaho about placing third behind his wife.
All Landstar truck operators are invited to test their skills in the regional competitions. The next one is set for April 29th, in Dallas, Texas.
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