INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Indianapolis is home to the 2016 National Truck Driving and Step Van Driving Championships.
The competition is taking place at the Indiana Convention Center through Saturday, August 13.
This year marks the 79th time the American Trucking Associations has sponsored this skills competition.
More than 400 drivers from all 50 states are in Indianapolis for the event.
Participants will compete in one of eight classes to take home top honors.
Columbus-based Cummins is using the competition as an opportunity to highlight the current shortage of drivers in the trucking industry.
According to the ATA the industry is short nearly 50,000 drivers.
If the current trend continues, there could be a shortage of nearly 200,000 drivers by 2024.
Industry leaders say the shortage is partially the result of the high number of drivers nearing retirement age.
“Our nation’s economy is very much dependent on the trucking industry, and at the heart of it is the driver,” said Amy Boerger, Cummins Vice President of Sales.
Some of the ripple effects of the truck driver shortage include higher delivery costs and longer delivery delays.
The National Truck Driving Championships are free and open to the public.
The finals begin Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 am inside the Indiana Convention Center.