Revving Up to Celebrate Pro Drivers with Dale Jr.

We are revving up for our annual Driver Appreciation Month and who better to help us start the engines than co-owner of JR Motorsports, NASCAR Hall of Famer, two-time Xfinity Series champion and 15-time NASCAR most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.!

Before the Driver Appreciation branded No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet hits the track on August 28, Dale Jr. joined up with some of our team members and a few of our fleet customers to reveal the new paint scheme.

Click here to check out the video of the event with Dale Jr.

“At JR Motorsports, we know the importance and value of our nation’s truck drivers. Our drivers travel the country to NASCAR Xfinity Series events, and the trailers they carry allow us to do our job on the track each week. We join Pilot Flying J in thanking all the men and women who keep our country moving every day. Take the time today to #ThankATrucker.” – Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Featured on the hood of the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet is the saying “If you’ve got it, a trucker brought it” and on the rear of the car #ThankATrucker. The Driver Appreciation themed car aims to inspire fans to thank professional drivers for their hard work delivering the goods we all depend on.

Steve Vanderink, Vice President of Regional Sales for Pilot Flying J, attended the event and revealed the new look alongside Dale Jr. after sharing his sincere appreciation for trucking and drivers, especially over the last year. He personally thanked the fleet customers that were special guests at the event, representing the thousands of fleets and millions of professional drivers across the industry. 

“Pro drivers have carried us through this past year, delivering food, supplies and medicines around the country. They have been our heroes during the pandemic. We hope this Driver Appreciation month will help raise awareness of their sacrifices and inspire all of us to celebrate what they do.” – Steve Vanderink, VP of Regional Sales


Michael Annett, who has driven the Pilot Flying J car since 2007, has a special place in his heart for the transportation industry. His dad was the chairman of TMC Transportation, so he knows first-hand how important trucking is and can appreciate being a “pro” behind the wheel.

It takes dedication, attention to safety and patience, among many other skills, to be a professional driver and we hope that when people see the #1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet on the track this September, they will take a moment to #ThankATrucker.

Join us in cheering on the No. 1 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet in these upcoming races and be sure to give the next trucker you see a “thanks!’. Catch Michael and the Driver Appreciation car on the tracks four times across the month, including:

  • August 28 at Daytona International Speedway
  • September 5 at Darlington Raceway
  • September 11 at Richmond Raceway
  • September 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway

Check back soon for more ways that we are celebrating professional drivers for all they do to keep North America moving!

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