Ten FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at National Truck Driving Championships
Two drivers representing FedEx were crowned National Champion in their respective driving classes at the 2007 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Minneapolis Aug. 22-25.
- Scott Watts, a nine-year safe driver for FedEx Express based in Anchorage, Alaska, captured the National Champion title in the Straight Truck class. Scott has earned three Alaska state titles in four years.
Six other FedEx drivers placed among the top finishers in their respective truck classes:
In addition, two other FedEx state champions received awards:
"FedEx team members are among the finest in the industry, and the performance of all of our state champions at the NTDC confirms this statement, said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Corp. The accomplishments of our eight top finishers further demonstrate our driving teams collective commitment to making the roads safer for everyone.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the annual championships, known as the "Super Bowl of Safety, to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers. A record 78 professional drivers 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 event by winning their respective state’s competition and driving accident-free for at least one year. Each driver was required to demonstrate his or her driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a series of tests, including a written exam, personal interview, vehicle pre-trip inspection and a driving-skills challenge.
In addition, FedEx had four champions in the Step Van class, which was tested as an additional competition category in select states this year.
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