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Thirteen FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the Florida Truck Driving Championship

June 5, 2012

TAMPA, Fla.  – June 4, 2012 – Thirteen drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Florida State Truck Driving Championship in Tampa on May 31 – June 2.

  • Eddie Pennington, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Jacksonville, captured his fifth state title with a win in the Twins class. He also captured the Grand Champion title for achieving the highest score among the winners of all classes.
  • Valdosta, Ga.-based FedEx Freight driver Greg Sams captured his third state title with a win in the 3-Axle class.
  • Fellow FedEx Freight driver Steve Cochran (Ocala) finished first in the Flatbed class.
  • Edwin Bonnell, owner of Box Trotter, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Ocala, captured the first-place trophy in the Straight Truck class.
  • Michael McSheehy, owner of MPM Logistics, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Tampa, finished at the top of the Step Van class for the second time.
  • FedEx Express drivers Luis Soto Jr. (Hollywood), Ronald Shaheen Jr. (Miami) and Rene Molinary (Miami) finished second in the 4-Axle, Step Van and Straight Truck classes, respectively.
  • Jody Jewell and Robert Jewell, drivers for Mose Jewell Trucking, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Orlando, placed second in the 3-Axle and Twins classes, respectively.
  • FedEx Freight drivers Tommy Forrest (Orlando) and Jerry Keaton (Jacksonville) posted third in the Flatbed and Twins classes, respectively.
  • Emanuel Vargos, a driver for Overcomer Delivery Services, Inc. based at the FedEx Home Delivery station in West Palm Beach, posted third in the Step Van class, finishing the sweep in that class by Team FedEx.

In addition, the competitors representing FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight took home the first- and second-place team trophies, respectively.

Pennington, Sams, Cochran, Bonnell and McSheehy 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 Florida championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”

The Florida 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.

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