FedEx to Send Ninety-Eight Drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:21am EDT

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Competitors Reflect FedEx Commitment to Safety and Professionalism
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(Business Wire)--
Ninety-eight drivers from 42 states representing the FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX)
operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships
(NTDC) in Pittsburgh Aug. 18-22. 

Each FedEx driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by qualifying at
state-level truck driving championships. The American Trucking Associations
(ATA) sponsors the NTDC, which is designed to recognize industry leadership in
safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers. 

"The backbone of our company is made up of thousands of professional drivers and
contractors who not only strive to deliver every shipment on time but also
ensure that safety remains a fundamental priority in everything they do," said
Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Corp.
"The overall performance of the more than 1,400 FedEx drivers, couriers and
contractors who competed in their respective state championships and the
accomplishments of our 98 NTDC competitors in particular exemplify the
commitment of our entire driving force to safely share the road with other
motorists each day." 

Here are some facts about the 2009 FedEx NTDC competitors:

* Collectively, the drivers have more than 1,880 years of professional driving
experience among them. 
* In total, the team has safely driven more than 96 million miles during their
careers - enough to circle the globe almost 3,855 times. 
* Forty-eight of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years
or more. 
* Forty-one of them have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe
* Eight of them have won five or more state championships.

At the NTDC, the FedEx drivers will be among nearly 450 competitors who will vie
for national titles in nine different classes of vehicles and for the National
Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their
driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a written exam, pre-trip
inspection and field test. 

John Smith Jr., a contractor for FedEx Ground based in Tupelo, Miss., will be
competing at his fifth NTDC. The reigning National Champion in the Tank Truck
class and the National Flatbed Co-Champion in 2007, he has driven more than 1.7
million miles during his 17-year career without ever having had an accident. 

"Competing at the NTDC is like playing in the Super Bowl," said Smith. "The
competitors at this event represent the safest and most professional drivers on
the road today. To be counted among them is truly an honor." 

The 2009 FedEx National Truck Driving Championships team includes:

 Driver                 State    Domicile           Class             Special Awards                             
 Ron Bernier            AK       Anchorage          Step Van                                                     
 Blake Reves            AK       Anchorage          3-Axle            Grand Champion                             
 Doug Rickel            AK       Anchorage          Straight Truck                                               
 Steve Alley            AL       Mobile             Straight Truck                                               
 David Thompson         AR       Little Rock        Step Van                                                     
 Brad Clyne             AZ       Tucson             Twins                                                        
 Joe Gross              AZ       Tempe              Straight Truck                                               
 Sean Saxon             AZ       Tempe              Step Van          Rookie of the Year; Highest Driving Score  
 Tyrone Burghardt       CA       Lancaster          Step Van                                                     
 Mike Thacker           CA       Fontana            3-Axle                                                       
 Matthew Allison        CO       Denver             Step Van                                                     
 Paul Frisby            CO       Denver             4-Axle                                                       
 Roland Bolduc          CT       Windsor Locks      3-Axle                                                       
 Paul Brandon           CT       New Haven          Flatbed                                                      
 Tim Cohen              CT       Hartford           4-Axle                                                       
 Tom Griffin            CT       New Haven          5-Axle Sleeper                                               
 Dennis Lavallee        CT       Hartford           Step Van                                                     
 Karen Roderick         CT       Hartford           Straight Truck                                               
 Michael Conaway        DE       New Castle         Straight Truck                                               
 Joe LeBlanc            DE       Salisbury, Md.     Step Van                                                     
 Rusty Pederson         DE       Wilmington         Twins                                                        
 Shane Hilligoss        FL       Lakeland           Step Van                                                     
 Neil Ramlochan         FL       Orlando            Twins                                                        
 Greg Sams              FL       Ocala              3-Axle                                                       
 Tim Banasiak           IL       Peru               Twins                                                        
 Brian Clark            IN       Indianapolis       3-Axle                                                       
 Don Logan              KS       Topeka             3-Axle            Grand Champion; Highest Written Exam       
 Bertram Buntain        KY       Lexington          Twins                                                        
 John Willinger         KY       Louisville         5-Axle                                                       
 Kenny Benoit           LA       Lafayette          5-Axle                                                       
 Kyle Mitchell Sr.      LA       Baton Rouge        Tank Truck                                                   
 Bill Anthony           MA       East Boston        5-Axle            Best Pre-Trip Inspection                   
 Joe Brennan            MA       Needham            Step Van                                                     
 Ed Oakes               MA       Springfield        Twins                                                        
 Mike Forchetti         MD       Rockville          Step Van                                                     
 Chester Masser Jr.     MD       Hagerstown         Tank Truck                                                   
 Tommy Shope            MD       Hagerstown         Twins             Grand Champion                             
 Brad Bartlett Jr.      ME       Portland           Straight Truck                                               
 Jason Brooks           ME       Bangor             Step Van                                                     
 Matt Richardson        ME       Augusta            Twins             Grand Champion; Rookie of the Year         
 Jim Fisher             MI       Toledo, Ohio       3-Axle                                                       
 Ron Metternick         MI       Grand Rapids       Tank Truck                                                   
 Chris Thomas           MI       Flint              Twins                                                        
 Reggie Copeland        MN       Minneapolis        Straight Truck                                               
 Rob Janke              MN       Minneapolis        4-Axle                                                       
 Bill Pudney            MN       White Bear Lake    Step Van                                                     
 Mike Westphall         MN       Minneapolis        Twins             Best Pre-Trip Inspection                   
 Jon Hume               MO       St. Louis          Tank Truck                                                   
 Greg Kauffmann         MO       St. Louis          Straight Truck                                               
 Joe Mangiaracino       MO       St. Clair          3-Axle            Grand Champion                             
 Rick Surrisi           MO       Columbia           Step Van                                                     
 Tommy Boyanton         MS       Jackson            3-Axle                                                       
 John Smith Jr.         MS       Tupelo             Tank Truck        Grand Champion                             
 Rodney Talbert         MS       McComb             Step Van          Rookie of the Year                         
 Brad Butler            MT       Billings           Twins                                                        
 Matt Alberts           NC       Greensboro         Straight Truck                                               
 Jake Brown             NC       Greensboro         4-Axle                                                       
 Neil Morgan            NC       Greensboro         Tank Truck                                                   
 John Janousek          ND       Fargo              5-Axle            Best Pre-Trip Inspection                   
 Steve Tucker           NE       Lincoln            Straight Truck                                               
 Paul Robichaud         NH       Londonderry        4-Axle                                                       
 Norman Sullivan        NH       Londonderry        Flatbed                                                      
 Curt Wheeler           NH       Manchester         Step Van                                                     
 Lester Beben           NJ       S. Brunswick       5-Axle            Grand Champion                             
 Bart Masciulli         NJ       Mount Laurel       Step Van                                                     
 Dan Bruch              NM       Albuquerque        5-Axle                                                       
 Oscar Delgado          NM       El Paso, Texas     Step Van                                                     
 Dion Saiz              NM       Albuquerque        Twins             Grand Champion                             
 Arthur Corral Jr.      NV       Las Vegas          Straight Truck                                               
 Matt Meyer             NV       Las Vegas          Step Van          Rookie of the Year                         
 Gragg Wilson           NV       Reno               5-Axle Sleeper                                               
 Jim Kohr               NY       Rochester          Straight Truck    Grand Champion                             
 Mark McLean            NY       Newburgh           Twins             Highest Written Exam                       
 Robby Wakely           NY       Jamaica            4-Axle                                                       
 Scott Woodrome         OH       Dayton             3-Axle                                                       
 Chris Outen            OR       Portland           Twins                                                        
 Nick Paradiso          OR       Portland           Step Van                                                     
 Dan Shamrell           OR       Portland           3-Axle            Grand Champion; Best Pre-Trip Inspection   
 Sam Leaper             PA       Harrisburg         3-Axle                                                       
 John Nash              PA       Harrisburg         Step Van                                                     
 Ron Desorcy            RI       Providence         Step Van                                                     
 Troy Swenson           SD       Watertown          5-Axle Sleeper    Highest Written Exam                       
 Mike Whitehead         SD       Sioux Falls        Twins                                                        
 Dave Magee             TN       Dresden            Tank Truck                                                   
 Brady Todd             TN       Memphis            Step Van          Rookie of the Year                         
 Mike Lopez             TX       Dallas             4-Axle                                                       
 Matt Bartnett          VA       Fredericksburg     Step Van                                                     
 Carroll Bean           VT       Alburg             Straight Truck                                               
 Danielle Carbonneau    VT       Lebanon, N.H.      Step Van                                                     
 Chris Goddard          VT       Williston          5-Axle Sleeper                                               
 Christopher Novak      VT       Williston          Flatbed                                                      
 Bernie Spine           VT       Williston          3-Axle                                                       
 Tony Todd              WA       Seattle            Step Van                                                     
 Jim Burmesch           WI       Milwaukee          3-Axle                                                       
 Brent Glasenapp        WI       Milwaukee          Straight Truck                                               
 Jason Hillier          WI       Madison            4-Axle                                                       
 Daryl England          WV       Charleston         4-Axle                                                       
 Jerry Pugh             WV       Parkersburg        Tank Truck                                                   

In 2008, FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Tank Truck,
4-Axle and Twins classes and the NTDC Rookie of the Year honor. In addition,
FedEx drivers earned three other top-three finishes in their respective vehicle

About FedEx

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad
portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual
revenues of $35 billion, the company offers integrated business applications
through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively,
under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most
admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 280,000 team members
to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and
professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For
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