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2014 Michigan Truck Driving Championship Facts

TDC Committee Meetings held in the MTA Conference Room at 9:30 AM on April 25, 2014.

Participant scores are based on a written exam, a pre-trip inspection, along with the driving competition.

These professional drivers compete in stopping, backing, turning and serpentine maneuvers in the same sort of trucks they drive every day.  Driver scores are then combined and the top three winners in each category are announced during the Banquet.

First place winners may move onto the American Trucking Associations Truck Driving Championship.



When and Where

When:
Friday, June 6, 2014 and
Saturday, June 7, 2014

Where:
Course site: Lansing Community College - West Campus, located in Lansing, MI

Written Test and Banquet: Crowne Plaza West (formally the Lansing Lexington), located at 496 and Creyts Road North in Lansing, MI
517-323-7100


Entry Deadline

The entry deadline for driver registration is May 16, 2014.

Driver study packets will be sent upon receipt of completed entry form and fees.

Entry Fee:

MTA members: $135
NON MTA members: $220

Register online


Driver Requirements

Domiciled or residing in Michigan

Regularly performing duties of a professional truck driver

Have an accident-free record of at least 12 months prior to the Michigan 2013 Truck Driving Championship

Meets DOT physical requirements and has necessary endorsements for class of competition

Employed by one employer continuously for 12 months prior to the driving championship. (Contestant retains eligibility if not laid off for aggregate period of 30 calendar days in the 12 month period immediately preceding his entry, providing the period of layoff did not result in termination for any reason.)

Please call MTA at 517-321-1951 if eligibility questions exist. MTA refers to the ATA National Truck Driving Championship for questions of eligibility.


Michigan Classes of Competition

Straight Truck
Three (3) axle tractor semi-trailer
Four (4) axle tractor semi-trailer
Five (5) axle tractor semi-trailer
Tanker, Five (5) axle semi-trailer
Flatbed, Five (5) axle semi-trailer
Twin-trailers
Sleeper Berth

Entry is limited to two (2) drivers in each class of competition per domicile or facility in Michigan.

A minimum of three (3) entries is needed in order to hold competition in any particular class.

 

Schedule of Events

 
Friday, June 6, 2014:  Crowne Plaza West (formally the Lansing Lexington)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Driver Registration

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Driver Orientation & Written Exam

3:00 pm

Course Walk-through for Drivers

   

Saturday, June 7, 2014:  LCC West Campus

Concessions will be available at Course site

7:00 am

Contestants and Judges Assemble

8:00 am

Driving Competition & Pre-trip Inspection

   

Saturday, June 7, 2014:  Crowne Plaza West (formally the Lansing Lexington)

6:00 pm

Cash Bar

7:00 pm

Awards Banquet

 

TDC Awards

First, second and third place awards are presented for each class.

Awards are presented for Pre-Trip Inspection, Pre-Trip Inspection Rookie and Championship Rookie of the Year.

A $100 award for a perfect score on the written test.

The Grand Champion Award, trophy and $500 is presented to the contestant with the highest overall competition score.


Banquet Tickets

Contestant banquet tickets - included in $135 / $220 entry fee
Spouse banquet tickets - $45 per person
Additional banquet tickets - $45 per person
Children's banquet or Pizza Party - $20 per child (age 12 and under)

MTA Kids Program
Children must be between 6-12 years old. Adequate supervision will be available during this time.

All children must be picked up by 9:00 pm (or at the conclusion of the banquet). You must be in the Lexington Lansing Hotel for the Awards banquet to send your child(ren) to the MTA kids program.

Register for additional banquet tickets here.


Hotel Reservations

Most TDC events are being held at the Crowne Plaza West (formally the Lansing Lexington). To get a room at the Lexington, be sure to reserve your room early!

You may also stay at near-by Country Inn & Suites at the same discounted rate.

Remember to tell either hotel that you are with the Michigan Truck Driving Championship to receive the discounted MTA Championship rate.

Crowne Plaza West
517-323-7100
$102 for single or double room
Crowne Plaza West is a Smoke-free Facility. No smoking is allowed inside the building, including banquet rooms and sleeping rooms.

Country Inn & Suites
866-280-7672
$102 for single or double room
Located across the street from Lexington Lansing Hotel.

Cutoff for discounted hotel reservations is May 14, 2014.


TDC Questions

Contact TDC Chairman, Larry Fennell, Con-Way Freight, at 313-510-1857
- or -
Jill Skutar at MTA (517) 321-1951


Michigan Trucking Association
1131 Centennial Way - Lansing, MI 48917
Phone (517) 321-1951 - Fax (517) 321-0884