Ray Simon in YRC Freight Hall of Fame

Safe driving places man in YRC Freight Hall of Fame

After 39 years of trucking and more than a million accident-free miles, St. Cloud resident Ray Simon has been honored with an induction into the 2012 YRC Freight Hall of Fame.

Simon, along with eight other drivers from across the country, was chosen as part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, which was Sept. 16-22.

Simon is no stranger to accolades. He is the only driver in history to win the American Trucking Association’s Grand National Championship three times.

He gives  credit to his mentor Charlie Smith, who worked with him at Yellow Freight Systems and helped him prepare for state and national competitions.

Simon also looks to his brother Bill as a great example of someone who represents the industry as a true professional.

Although Simon retired from active trucking in 2006, he remains involved in the industry. He is a driving instructor at St. Cloud Technical & Community College, volunteers at ATA competitions as a judge and mentor, and recently restored an International CO9670 tractor.

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