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Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing Salute FedEx Team Members

October 20, 2009

Greetings to all FedEx team members and FedEx racing fans!

The weekend (Oct. 24 & 25) is big for FedEx Racing as we celebrate the teamwork that all of the FedEx team members around the world display every day.

As we wind down the 2009 NASCAR season, I’ll have the #11 FedEx Toyota on the track at Martinsville Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series, gunning for a win at my home state track. My teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch, will be running a very special #18 FedEx Toyota in the Nationwide Series race at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Everyone on the #11 team and at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) takes pride in representing FedEx.

Having visited a lot of FedEx facilities over my four years as driver of the #11 car, I have been lucky to meet many members of the FedEx family. I’ve been lucky to see how much pride you put into your work. You’ll be happy to know that this weekend we are taking some extra steps to represent you!

At Martinsville, we have a very cool pit wall banner that is displaying well wishes from team members and fans that were submitted to me via my recent blog post. The banner will hang on the wall for fans to see and to help me find my pit box during pit stops.

At Memphis, Kyle’s #18 car will carry a special FedEx paint scheme as a salute to the team members everywhere. Our goal is to put both cars in Victory Lane. I know between Kyle and me, we believe there is no better way to celebrate than by taking the checkered flag.

Winning is not possible without teamwork. It is just as true in business as it is in sports. At FedEx, you represent teamwork at its best and know that teamwork is critical to success.

In my world, no one understands teamwork better than Coach Joe Gibbs. He is my boss, as well as a champion in football and racing. He’s built teams into champions and businesses into successes. Coach Gibbs admires FedEx and all that the company stands for.

He asked me to share his thoughts:

“The best teams I’ve been around have people that are willing to give up individual achievements for the success of the team. At Joe Gibbs Racing all of our teams share information and work together to make us stronger. I see the same thing from FedEx. I’ve been able to tour several facilities over the past few years and the teamwork is obvious as everyone works together to deliver their customers the best in service.”

Coach Gibbs’ commitment to building a real team is just one of the reasons we love being a part of the team he built and the organization his son, J.D., runs today.

Every time I hop into the #11 FedEx Toyota, I am taking control of a car that has been created through the work of hundreds of people at JGR. Success at the track is a result of a huge team effort – the engineers who design the cars and test (and re-test!) the parts, the guys in the fabrication shop who take a design and physically build the car from the ground up, and all the way to the team who prepares the car at the track on race day.

When I take the wheel, I know I can only be as good as the whole team. They are looking to me to give not only my best effort behind the wheel, but also the best feedback I can so they can work to make the cars even better. It really is a total team effort.

We enjoy success together and deal with the problems together. We work hard to get better together.

On behalf of myself, Coach Gibbs, the #11 team and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing, I want to thank you again for all of your support over the years. Keep up the great work at FedEx and I promise we’ll keep doing our best to represent you on and off the track.

Be sure to tune in this weekend!


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