Three FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the Texas Truck Driving Championship
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – June 18, 2013 –Three drivers representing FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2013 Texas State Truck Driving Championship in College Station on June 14-15.
- James Dean, a driver for Terry J. Baker, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Wichita Falls, captured his first state title with a win in the Step Van class.
- Ignacio Rodriguez, a driver for SDM Services Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Houston, finished second in the Step Van class.
- FedEx Freight driver Fread Cielencki (San Antonio) posted a second-place finish in the Straight Truck class.
Additionally, Raul Mendoza, owner of Mendoza Parcel Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in South Houston, posted the highest score in the Pre-Trip Inspection for the Step Van class.
Dean will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2013 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” August 20-24 in Salt Lake City. In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge.
“Our company is represented by professional drivers who not only strive daily to ensure shipments are delivered on time, but also that they remain safe on the road. It’s a fundamental priority in our company,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, FedEx Corp. “The performance of these participants at the Texas state championship demonstrates the dedication to safety of our entire team.”
The Texas 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 challenge, pre-trip inspection and written examination covering vehicle operation and knowledge of federal safety regulations.
In 2012, 137 driving professionals from 46 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 Grand Champion title. In addition, FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle and Step Van classes. Eight other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.