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

July 14, 2009

MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 14, 2009 – 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 driving.
  • Eight of them have won five or more state championships.
Driver
State
Domicile
Class
Special Awards
AK
Anchorage
Step Van
 
Blake Reves
AK
Anchorage
3-Axle
Grand Champion
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
 
CO
Denver
Step Van
 
Paul Frisby
CO
Denver
4-Axle
 
CT
Windsor Locks
3-Axle
 
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
 
MI
Grand Rapids
Tank Truck
 
Chris Thomas
MI
Flint
Twins
 
MN
Minneapolis
Straight Truck
 
MN
Minneapolis
4-Axle
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
NM
Albuquerque
5-Axle
 
Oscar Delgado
NM
El Paso, Texas
Step Van
 
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
 
NY
Rochester
Straight Truck
Grand Champion
Mark McLean
NY
Newburgh
Twins
Highest Written Exam
Robby Wakely
NY
Jamaica
4-Axle
 
OH
Dayton
3-Axle
 
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
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
 
VT
Williston
Flatbed
 
Bernie Spine
VT
Williston
3-Axle
 
Tony Todd
WA
Seattle
Step Van
 
Jim Burmesch
WI
Milwaukee
3-Axle
 
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 classes.

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 more information, visit news.fedex.com.

 

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