Pilot Flying J celebrated the unsung heroes of our nation’s roadways – the professional drivers that keep our country moving – with the fourth annual Road Warrior contest. Read more details on past winners below.
Jacqueline Rocha is a dedicated advocate for professional driving with ambitious plans to start a nonprofit organization aimed at recruiting young women in the industry. Rocha’s love for keeping America moving forward and the camaraderie she's built with other drivers on the road inspired her goal to create an educational support system for millennials interested in pro driving. Since graduating with her commercial driver’s license at the age of 21, she’s been passionate about encouraging her generation and females alike to consider careers in trucking while also learning all she can from other veteran drivers.
Last year, Pilot Flying J named Oceanside, CA resident Erik Michaels as its 2015 Road Warrior grand prize winner. Michaels has been a long-haul professional driver for more than 46 years. Roughly three years ago, Michaels endured a major stroke while on the job, causing temporary paralysis and loss of motor skills. After months of hospital stays, he embarked on the long road to recovery, which was comprised of countless doctor visits and physical therapy sessions. Just recently, Michaels made a full recovery and is back to doing what he loves most – driving professionally.
Kyle Cones, a U.S. Army veteran and professional driver, was named the 2014 Road Warrior winner. Cones has been recognized for his commitment to safety, as well as to his fellow drivers, family and country. After Cones was injured in Afghanistan, his job choices were limited, until he realized that driving a truck was the perfect lifestyle and career opportunity for him.