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Landstar Business Capacity Owner Named Overdrive Trucker of the Year

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January 14, 2000 Jacksonville, FL - Landstar business capacity owner (BCO) Ray Barnes has been named 2000 Trucker of the Year by Overdrive Magazine.

"Ray is an overall smart business person and a great family man," said Overdrive Editor Allison Hatfield, who first nominated Barnes for the magazine's Trucker of the Month based on answers he gave in an on-line survey.

The publication chooses an annual Trucker of the Year from its 12 Trucker's of the Month. Overdrive's editorial advisory board narrows the field to five then an independent panel of three judges makes the final decision.

To qualify for Overdrive Trucker of the Month, a truck operator must own one to 10 trucks, have at least 15 years experience in the industry and at least five as an owner-operator. Candidates must also have driven 60,000 miles per year for the past two years, have an excellent safety record and be able to represent Overdrive and the trucking industry in a positive way.

Landstar Chairman, President and CEO, Jeff Crowe said Barnes exemplifies today's professional truck operator. "We're proud of Ray, his driving skills and his commitment to safety," said Crowe. "Ray is a true testament to all trucking professionals who hone their skills and keep pace with the industry's technological advances."

"I just enjoy what I do and I like the people I work with," said Landstar BCO Ray Barnes, who has been leased to Landstar 14 years and a professional truck operator for 23 years.

Barnes, who chooses most of his freight from Landstar's web site, says he's seen a lot of changes in the industry and expects to see a lot more. He predicts as trucks continue to get more powerful and comfortable, more women will get behind the wheel of big rigs. He hopes to see the day when all vehicles travel at the same speed and maintain safe following distances. "While it would be expensive, it would save lives," he said. "That would be the biggest improvement ever made."

As Overdrive's 2000 Trucker of the Year, Barnes will receive many prizes, including all-expense-paid trips to the 2000 Mid-America Trucking Show; the 2000 Great American Trucking Show; and the Overdrive Trucking Symposium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; as well as a trip of his choice and $1,000 cash.

Landstar recognized Barnes' positive contributions to the industry in 1996, naming him a Million Mile Safe Operator for driving more than a million consecutive accident-free miles. In 1997 he was named a Landstar Roadstar and recognized for his consistently high levels of safety, productivity and customer service. Barnes lives in Pensacola, Florida with his wife of 42 years, Sara.

Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Landstar carrier group, comprised of Landstar Inway, Inc., Landstar Ligon, Inc. and Landstar Ranger, Inc., delivers excellence in complete over-the-road transportation services. The Landstar multimodal group, comprised of Landstar Express America, Inc. and Landstar Logistics, Inc., delivers excellence in expedited, contract logistics and intermodal transportation services. All Landstar operating companies are certified to ISO 9002 quality management system standards. Landstar System, Inc.'s common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock MarketĀ® under the symbol LSTR.

Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Landstar carrier group, comprised of Landstar Gemini, Inc., Landstar Inway, Inc., Landstar Ligon, Inc. and Landstar Ranger, Inc., delivers excellence in complete over-the-road transportation services. The Landstar multimodal group, comprised of Landstar Express America, Inc. and Landstar Logistics, Inc., delivers excellence in expedited, contract logistics and intermodal transportation services. All Landstar operating companies are certified to ISO 9001:2000 quality management system standards. Landstar System, Inc.'s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock MarketĀ® under the symbol LSTR.