Lexington, OH– Rick Pearson of Chip Ganassi Racing has won the 2014 IndyCar Championship of the Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge, claiming the grand prize of $30,000. Pearson, who won the first two IndyCar chicanes of 2014, becomes the second consecutive transport driver from Chip Ganassi Racing to win the IndyCar Championship.
Upon being named the 2014 IndyCar Champion, an emotional Pearson exclaimed, "Thank you so much, Pilot Flying J, it’s such an honor to win this championship!" Pearson continued, "I've really enjoyed competing in the Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge with my friends. This award from Pilot Flying J means so much to me and my family!"
Jake Klomp of Chip Ganassi Racing finished second overall, winning a prize of $7,500. Rollie Kirby of Andretti Autosport followed Klomp in third, who clinched the $2,500 prize after a flawless performance in IndyCar Chicane #4. Transport drivers from the Verizon IndyCar Series complete their second year in the Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge, promoting safe driving within the trucking industry.
|(L-R): 1st place Rick Pearson (Chip Ganassi Racing), 2nd place Jake Klomp (Chip Ganassi Racing), and 3rd place Rollie Kirby (Andretti Autosport)|
Rick Pearson was joined by Chip Ganassi team manager, Scott Harner, who offered words of congratulations for this year’s most outstanding IndyCar transport drivers. "I'd like to thank Pilot Flying J for everything they’ve done, and for giving the transport drivers a competition," said Harner. “I’ve never driven a truck before myself, but these drivers deal with them all the time and they work very hard at it. Thank you guys, for everything!"
The transport drivers of the IndyCar Series will return in 2015 for their third season in the Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge. Dates and locations for next season are pending the release of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule later this year.
For more information, please visit WWW.PFJTruckChallenge.com
1st place. Rick Pearson. Ganassi racing. $30,000 prize
2nd place. Jake Klomp, Ganassi racing
3rd place. Rollie Kirby. Andretti racing