JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Steve Wheeler of Greenville, North Carolina, an independent owner-operator for Landstar, has won a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia in in the 2020 Landstar Deliver to Win truck giveaway, sponsored by Comdata. Wheeler was one of four finalists, who were selected at random from nearly 10,000 of Landstar’s owner-operators.
“I’ve never been lucky in my life — and you have to be incredibly lucky when your name is picked out of 10,000,” Wheeler said. “I am so excited. This is such a blessing. I am incredibly blessed to have won this truck.”
The Deliver to Win giveaway took place during a live Zoom meeting on Sept. 18, during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. During the virtual event, each of the finalists was challenged to select one of four boxes; one of the boxes contained a winning notification. Wheeler guessed correctly to win a pearl blue Freightliner Cascadia spec’d with a suite of safety systems, fuel efficiency features, a Detroit DD15 14.8 L 455-horsepower engine and a Detroit DT12 automated transmission.
“Congratulations to Steve Wheeler. There is no better time than National Truck Driver Appreciation Week to present an independent business capacity owner with such a life-changing prize. We’re proud to continue this tradition during these unprecedented times of a global pandemic,” said Landstar President and CEO Jim Gattoni, who hosted the giveaway. “Our thanks to Comdata for their contributing support of the giveaway as this year’s sponsor.”
Every year, all eligible owner-operators leased to Landstar automatically earn entries in the Deliver to Win giveaway contest by delivering loads safely during the contest period. Drivers also have chances to earn additional contest entries throughout the year to increase their chances at winning the truck. After the contest period ends, entries are gathered into a pool of names for the finalists drawing, with all eligible truck giveaway finalists selected by a computerized random number generator.
The Deliver to Win event was Landstar’s second truck giveaway for its independent owner-operators this year. On July 8, Bobby Jordon of Soso, Mississippi, won a 2020 Freightliner Cascadia 126 in the 2020 Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway sponsored by Pilot Flying J.