Mack to host driving competition at World of Concrete

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Mack Trucks will again sponsor a Driving Skills Safety Challenge during the upcoming 2009 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas.


The competition is open to any driver: who is at least 18 years of age; with a valid CDL; who completes an application form; shows proof of operator training; and is registered for the show. This year’s event will include individual and team competitions (two operators per team), according to Mack Trucks.


Contestants will choose one Mack Granite model mixer to operate through a closed course, which has been set up to simulate an actual job site. Operators must complete a pre-operation safety check and successfully navigate the skills course. Each individual will have one attempt. Scoring will be based on accuracy and adherence to safety procedures. Specific scoring rules will be provided at the event.


First, second, and third-place winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on each day of the competition during an awards ceremony. Mack will give away more than $10,000 in prizes during the three-day competition, the company says.


All contestants will receive a Mack hat, money clip and duffel bag.


“We think it is important to recognize the contribution drivers make to job site safety every day,” said Michael Reardon, Mack vice-president of marketing. “It takes real skill and awareness to be safe and productive on a busy and crowded construction site, and this competition is one way to highlight the professionalism of mixer truck drivers.”


The competition will be held in the Silver lot No. 4 next to the Renaissance Hotel outside the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, Feb. 3 to Thursday, Feb. 5. The competition runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and Mack will also hold a reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day for contestants.



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