Freightliner Trucks Awards ATA Attendee the Revolutionary Cascadia™

Winner Nick Goodell expresses excitement about truck’s aerodynamics

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PORTLAND, ORE. Nick Goodell attended the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) 2007 Management Conference and Exhibition in October not expecting to win the coveted Freightliner® Cascadia™.

Goodell, director of The TruckGuardian Group for ThoughtDrivers, LLC, Pittsburgh, was randomly chosen from 175 registrants Nov. 7 in a drawing to receive a Cascadia, Freightliner Trucks newest Class 8 commercial vehicle built specifically for on-highway applications.

Recognized as one of the most aerodynamic vehicles on the road, the Cascadia was built from the ground up in Freightliner’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel, experiencing months of full-scale unprecedented aerodynamic testing. The result is the most productive, drivable and profitable truck on the market.

During the Freightliner Trucks’ “Everyone’s a Winner” promotion, registrants were asked to attend a brief presentation on the Cascadia and new Detroit Diesel DD15 heavy-duty engine during the conference, demonstrating how they will work in tandem to provide the most fuel efficient truck on the road. In addition to awarding the Cascadia, all participants had the opportunity to win an iPod Nano or portable DVD player by attempting to unlock a door to the Cascadia present at the booth. Everyone who registered received a Maglite knife set.

When asked what he would do with the truck, Goodell responded, “I am going to live in it. After reading about the real-time gas mileage advantages and aerodynamic properties of the truck, I can’t wait to test it out myself.”

ThoughtDrivers, the sister company to Pitt Ohio Express, Pittsburgh, is a provider of safety software and business services for fleet carriers, including Truck Fleet Rentals, which provides local customers with cost-effective heavy-duty truck rental options.

Goodell directs The TruckGuardian Group, which provides safety and risk management solutions to private and for-hire truck fleets. He said he looks forward to using the Cascadia as a marketing and promotional tool for fleet providers by taking the truck on the road for safety training presentations on wheels.

In the future Goodell said he may utilize the Cascadia for fleet rentals, giving rental customers the opportunity to experience the driving capabilities and aerodynamic properties of the truck as well.

“The Cascadia will help us promote business opportunities for our customers by providing a mobile demonstration of the safety and risk solutions we offer,” Goodell said. “Both my company and I will benefit from this opportunity. I couldn’t be more to grateful.”

Freightliner Trucks introduced the Cascadia in May 2007. For more information, visit or call 800-FTL-HELP.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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