Four FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the New Hampshire Truck Driving Championship
PEMBROKE, N.H. – June 4, 2012 – Four drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 New Hampshire State Truck Driving Championship in Pembroke on June 2.
- Paul Robichaud, a driver for FedEx Express based in Londonderry, earned his seventh state title with a first-place finish in the Straight Truck class.
- Fellow FedEx Express driver Ed Gertz finished first in the Step Van class. Gertz is also based in Londonderry.
- Eric Vitale, a driver for Liberty Courier Services, Ltd. based at the FedEx Ground station in Manchester, finished second in the Step Van class.
- Sweeping the Step Van class with a third-place finish was Patrick Osborn, who drives for FedEx Express out of Londonderry.
Robichaud and Gertz will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2012 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” August 7-11 in Minneapolis, Minn. In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge.
“The entire team of drivers representing FedEx is dedicated to safety. It is an integral part of everything they do,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, FedEx Corp. “The performance of these participants at the New Hampshire championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”
The New Hampshire State Truck Driving Championship is an opportunity for professional truck drivers to demonstrate their driving skills and safety expertise. The event includes a difficult driving skills test, pre-trip inspection and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.
In 2011, 115 driving professionals from 45 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, and FedEx Custom Critical qualified to compete at the National Truck Driving Championships by winning their respective state’s competition and driving accident-free for at least one year. One FedEx competitor captured the National Champion title in the Step Van class. In addition, FedEx drivers earned nine additional top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.