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There were two types of entries: a two-person vehicle systems team and individual competitors in the preventive maintenance (PM) event.
The vehicle systems competition mainly measured knowledge of electrical and diagnostics systems. The PM event tested that a truck's operations were running correctly and that various parts were still functioning properly.
Bob Shaw, 45, and
John Crawford, 36, were winners of the vehicle systems event. Shaw is a Lead Technician who works at the company's
Canton, Ohio, location, while Crawford, a Lead Technician, is employed in
Oakwood, Ohio. The winner of the PM competition was 31-year-old Customer Service Representative 1
David Bridgeman who works in
The finals took place recently at a Penske facility in
Winston-Salem, N.C. An awards banquet was held at Penske Racing headquarters in
Mooresville, N.C., where the finalists were honored and received their prizes.
The 15 finalists were a part of a group of over 1,250 Penske associates who voluntarily took part in competitions dating back to last August. These associates progressed through district, area and regional events across
"The competitive spirit of the Tech Challenge is quite a sight to behold," stated
Bill Jacobelli, Penske Senior Vice President of Maintenance. "Some of our company's best truck technicians took part in this event, and I commend these outstanding gentlemen for their noteworthy achievements.
"The Tech Challenge serves as a vital training tool for our technicians," he said. "As a result, we are able to improve our truck maintenance processes that ultimately benefit our customers."