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Seven FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the New Mexico State Truck Driving Championship

May 5, 2008

MEMPHIS – May 5, 2008 – Seven drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the winners at the 2008 New Mexico State Truck Driving Championship in Albuquerque on May 3.

Luis Hermida, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Lordsburg, captured the top spot in the Twins class. He also won the coveted Grand Champion title for achieving the highest score among the winners of each class.

Albuquerque-based FedEx Freight driver Brooks Washburn earned first place in the 5-Axle class for his third state title in five years. Washburn finished second in this class at the 2007 National Truck Driving Championships.

  • Hal Staley, a contractor for FedEx Custom Critical, won the 5-Axle Sleeper class for the second consecutive year. Staley is domiciled in El Paso, Texas.
  • FedEx Freight drivers Dan Bruch (Albuquerque) and Charlie Lovato (Farmington) finished second in the Twins and 3-Axle classes, respectively. Both are past state champions.
  • Amru Torres, a contractor’s driver for FedEx Ground based in El Paso, took second place in the 4-Axle class.
  • Jaime Sanchez, a FedEx Freight driver domiciled in Albuquerque, finished third in the Flatbed class.

In addition, FedEx Ground contractor’s driver Raul Jacobo (El Paso) 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’s driver Oscar Delgado (El Paso) and Jeffry Sena, a FedEx Ground contractor in Santa Fe, finished second and third, respectively, in the Step Van class.

Hermida, Washburn and Staley 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 New Mexico 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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