Penske Truck Leasing and IFDA Promote Driver Safety

READING, Pa., June 24, 2009 - Penske Truck Leasing and the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) announced they've teamed up to promote driver safety. Penske is the leading sponsor and primary vehicle provider for IFDA's 2009 Food Industry Truck Driving Championship to be held at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla., and at the Rosen Centre Hotel, September 11 through 13.

This is the only national level competition held for the food distribution industry. Drivers representing food service distributors, food service manufacturers with private fleets, retail/wholesale distributors, self distributing retail supermarket companies and other types of food companies across North America gather to compete each year in this important industry safety event.

"As an industry leading vehicle and maintenance provider, we're proud to support the IFDA Food Industry Truck Driving Championship," said Jim Molinaro, Senior Vice President, Sales – Penske Truck Leasing. "We share a mutual commitment to safety and best practices in fleet management. This is our fourth consecutive year sponsoring the event. I'm pleased to announce our firm commitment to sponsoring the event for the next two years. This event reinforces safety by recognizing and rewarding the food industry's best truck drivers. I thank the members of IFDA for the leadership role they have taken to promote safety in the transportation industry by hosting this event."

The Food Industry Truck Driving Championship is the only international safety event that recognizes the hard work and safe driving that food distribution drivers do daily. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in three key areas and includes a written exam, pre-trip safety inspection, and a behind the wheel field course. Visit for more information.

The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) works to help food service distributors succeed. IFDA members are found across North America and internationally and include leading broadline, system, and specialty distributors. IFDA's members operate more than 700 distribution facilities and represent annual sales of more than $100 billion.

Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P., headquartered in Reading, Pa., is a joint venture of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group and General Electric. A leading global transportation services provider, Penske operates more than 200,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, transportation and warehousing management, and supply chain management solutions. Visit to learn more about the company and its products and services.