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Seven FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the Arizona State Truck Driving Championsip

April 7, 2008

MEMPHIS – April 7, 2008 – Seven drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the winners at the 2008 Arizona State Truck Driving Championship in Phoenix on April 5.

  • Larry Woodrome, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Phoenix, captured first place in the 3-Axle class. He also earned the coveted Grand Champion title for achieving the highest score among the winners of each class. Additionally, he earned the highest score on the driving course and was named Rookie of the Year.
  • Brad Clyne, also a driver for FedEx Freight domiciled in Tucson, won first place in the Twins class.
  • Tucson-based Tim O’Donnell, a driver for FedEx Express, earned the top spot in the 5-Axle class.
  • Robert Romando, a driver for FedEx National LTL, and FedEx Freight driver Steven Smith finished second and third, respectively, in the 3-Axle class. Both drivers are based in Phoenix.
  • FedEx Express driver Frank Logan took second place in the 5-Axle class. He is domiciled in Phoenix.
  • Charlie Woodland, an 11-time state champion, finished second in the Straight Truck class. He is a driver for FedEx Freight in Phoenix.

In addition, FedEx Ground contractor Sofien Saad (Tempe) won the top spot in the Step Van class, which is being tested as an additional competition category in select states this year. FedEx Ground contractor Jose Dighero (Phoenix) and Rigo Ramos, a FedEx Ground contractor’s driver in Tempe, finished second and third, respectively, in the Step Van class.

Woodrome, Clyne and O’Donnell will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2008 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), known as the “Super Bowl of Safety” August 20-23 in Houston. In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge. 

The Arizona State Truck Driving Championship is an opportunity for professional truck drivers to demonstrate their driving skills and commitment to safety. The event includes a difficult driving skill test, pre-trip inspection, personal interview and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.

In 2007, a record 78 driving professionals from 38 states representing FedEx Freight, FedEx Ground, FedEx Express, FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Global Supply Chain Services 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. FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed and Straight Truck classes and the NTDC Rookie of the Year honor. In addition, FedEx drivers earned five additional top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.

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