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First Woman Takes First Place At 2011 IFDA Truck Driving Championship

ORLANDO, FL (September 25, 2011)—In a competition that included 110 of the best drivers in the world, the elite first-place winners included a woman for the first time in the 25-year history of the championship. 

Cindy Gray of Hannaford Bros. Co./Delhaize of America was the only woman among the competitors, and took 1st Place in the 5-Axle Category (48-ft tractor trailer) of the food industry safety event. She walked onstage to a standing ovation during the awards banquet of the IFDA Truck Driving Championship, taking 

Also taking 1st Place awards were Danny Duke of Shamrock Foods Colorado Division in the 3-Axle Category (28-ft tractor trailer) and Michael Light of C.A. Curtze Company in the Straight Truck Category. These and other drivers were recognized at the awards banquet for their exceptional performance during the competition, which tests the skills and knowledge of food industry drivers in the safe operation of commercial vehicles.

The competition includes a written examination measuring driver knowledge of safety and operating procedures, a vehicle inspection to uncover five planted equipment defects or safety hazards that could affect vehicle readiness, and a driving course competition where drivers are evaluated on their ability to handle a series of six course problems simulating everyday conditions. To compete in the event, drivers had to win a company or local competition. Contestants came from across North America and included competitors from 35 states and one Canadian province.

Combined, the drivers in the competition represented 92,902,334 accident free miles.

To read more and see photos from the competition, visit the results page on the IFDA website: http://www.ifdaonline.org/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=780&z=10

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