FedEx Freight’s Courville Claims Louisiana Title

FedEx Freight’s Courville Claims Louisiana Title

FedEx Freight driver Eric Courville (left) has certified for the Nationwide Truck Driving Championships 13 instances. (John Ballance Pictures)

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State qualifiers for the nation’s premier security event for industrial drivers are formally underway.

Eric Courville’s victory within the sleeper car division at this month’s Louisiana Truck Driving Championships marked the start of the highway to the Nationwide Truck Driving Championships. A longtime driver with FedEx Freight, Courville and fellow prime performers in numerous truck lessons from the Pelican State punched their tickets to the trade’s annual Tremendous Bowl of Security.

The event, which celebrates the contributions of business drivers nationwide, is scheduled for Aug. 16-19 in Columbus, Ohio.

Courville’s blue ribbon efficiency marked his tenth general state-level best-in-show and thirteenth qualifier for NTDC. In 2018, he earned nationwide prime honors within the 3-axle class.

Attending to Know You

Title: Eric Courville

Firm: FedEx Freight

Automobile class: sleeper

Favourite meals: crawfish etouffee

Sports activities hero: “I actually haven’t centered on a sports activities hero.”

One thing individuals don’t find out about you: “I constructed my own residence. My spouse and I constructed it from the underside up. That’s one factor that some individuals might not find out about.”

When do you discover time to follow: “I discover time on daily basis.”

Pressed on his potential to carry out at a excessive stage for a number of years, he instructed Transport Matters on March 10, “Striving to do our greatest. There’s no secret. It’s simply working laborious at it.

“Begin straight away. On daily basis is coaching, whether or not you’re in your car or really on the job.”

Remarking about his newest state win, Courville stated: “It’s important to earn it. It takes all of the drivers which might be there. [They] are well-deserving of awards.”

For him, the spotlight of the state event was spending time with household and buddies. As he put it, “The award is being with the individuals, the drivers and the trucking trade personnel.”

His recommendation to fellow rivals: “Keep protected on the freeway. Be vigilant. In fact, prep on the books and follow your pre-trip and still have that chance to follow operating the course.”


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Rick Cates, a lifetime member of NTDC’s organizing committee and a guide with JMJ Associates, praised Courville’s success and longevity. “Congratulations to [Courville] and really a lot so. I do know that Eric got here in second final yr [nationally, in the sleeper class] and he has been working towards since then. And I do know Eric has put in a number of effort and time and we actually recognize, from the trade, the assist that he will get from his household, his firm and the trade. We’re happy with him,” Cates instructed Transport Matters.

Turning his focus to the highway to NTDC, he added: “Regardless that there are lots of people competing within the truck driving championships, all truck drivers are skilled and hopefully they drive safely.”

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