Freightliner Slice of Life test drive program continues

Freightliner Trucks launched the second year of its program for test driving Cascadias powered by Detroit Diesel DD15 engines with BlueTec emissions SCR technology, the truck maker announced. The launch for the Slice of Life program continuation, in which owner-operators test drive new Cascadia tractors and blog about their experiences, was at the Penske Racing Headquarters in Mooresville, N.C.

At the launch, test drivers Henry Albert, Kurt Grote, Dick McCorkle and the program’s newest participant, Gina Angsten, received 2010 Cascadia trucks. The trucks feature personalized wrap graphics with themes the drivers requested, a Freightliner Trucks spokesman said.

Gina Angsten has been a driver for nearly 18 years. She works for Wisconsin-based Duplainville Transport, a Quad/Graphics company.

Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport Inc., based in Statesville, N.C., and hauls general freight throughout the United States. Albert, who has been a trucker for more than 25 years, was Overdrive magazine’s 2007 Trucker of the Year.

Kurt Grote is leased to John Christner Trucking, based in Sapulpa, Oka. A trucker since 1992, Grote hauls refrigerated products to all 48 states and Canada. He has achieved 1 million miles of safe driving and CABS certification.

Dick McCorkle, who is leased to Perkins Specialized Transportation in Noblesville, Ind., has been a driver for 44 years. For Perkins, McCorkle transports furniture and store fixtures throughout the southwestern United States. McCorkle was named the 2001 Indiana Motor Truck Association’s Driver of the Year and recently won a sportsmanship award in the Indiana truck rodeo championships, in which he has competed for 42 years.

For details on upcoming appearances, podcasts and blogs from the participants, or to directly correspond with the drivers, go to