Lee was selected from 10 finalists in attendance, which was narrowed down from 46 original nominations.
As part of prize package, Lee was presented with a $10,000 check from Randall-Reilly (publisher of Overdrive) and will also receive a RoadPro Getting Started LIving On-the-Go Package; $1,000 cash and 100,000 from Pilot Flying J; a year’s supply of 5-Hour Energy; a GPS unit and CB radio from Cobra Electronics; an American Trucking Associations “Good Stuff Brings It” package and a Rand McNally Motor Carrier Road Atlas.
The other nine finalists will each receive $1,000 in cash and a variety of other prizes. Trucking’s Top Rookie is a partnership between Randall-Reilly, Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Shell ROTELLA, Pilot Flying J, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.
The contest is designed to promote professionalism among new drivers and a boost retention efforts of fleets.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.