In celebration of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Pilot Flying J is launching its third annual Road Warrior campaign, a 15-week contest designed to reward professional drivers for their hard work, perseverance and passion for their craft.

From now through Dec. 31 the Road Warrior contest will recognize professional drivers through a national call for online story submissions, spotlighting the "heroes on the road" who go the extra mile to get the job done right.

"Anyone close to a professional driver knows the tenacity and passion that goes into their craft," said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J. "The Road Warrior program is our way of thanking professional drivers for keeping our nation moving and for inspiring us on their journey."

To enter the Road Warrior contest, visit the website to tell the story of a professional driver in your life and to upload their photo. Anyone can nominate a Road Warrior, including coworkers, friends and family members, and eligible entrants can also submit themselves. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000. Second and third place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. Winners will be announced in early 2017.

In addition to launching the Road Warrior contest, the company is showing its support for professional drivers all month long through various offers, including:

  • A bonus 350 MyRewards points with the purchase of a PhilBrr
  • Drink coupons, good for one free Nestle Pure Life, or any size cup of Pilot Coffee, or any size fountain drink or refill
  • Local celebrations at stores
  • One additional point for every diesel fuel gallon purchase

Last year, Pilot Flying J named Oceanside, CA, resident Erik Michaels as its 2015 Road Warrior grand prize winner. As a long haul driver with 46 years of experience, Michaels overcame extreme odds to return to the road after experiencing a major stroke while on the job. After months of hospital stays, he embarked on the long road to recovery, which was comprised of countless doctor visits and physical therapy sessions. Michaels made a full recovery and is back to doing what he loves most – driving professionally.

"The interstate is filled with Road Warriors like Erik Michaels who go beyond the regular call of duty, and we're humbled to launch the third installment of a program that recognizes drivers like him," said Parent.

To learn more about the Road Warrior program, view complete contest rules and follow inspirational submissions, visit roadwarrior.pilotflyingj.com, or join the #RoadWarrior conversation on social media.