FedEx to send 98 drivers to National Truck Driving Championships

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Ninety-eight drivers from 42 states representing the FedEx Corp. operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships in Pittsburgh Aug. 18-22. Each FedEx driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by qualifying at state-level truck driving championships. The American Trucking Associations sponsors the NTDC, which is designed to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers.

At the NTDC, the FedEx drivers will be among nearly 450 competitors who will vie for national titles in nine different classes of vehicles and for the National Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a written exam, pretrip inspection and field test.

“The backbone of our company is made up of thousands of professional drivers and contractors who not only strive to deliver every shipment on time but also ensure that safety remains a fundamental priority in everything they do,” says Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. “The overall performance of the more than 1,400 FedEx drivers, couriers and contractors who competed in their respective state championships and the accomplishments of our 98 NTDC competitors in particular exemplify the commitment of our entire driving force to safely share the road with other motorists each day.”

Here are some facts about the 2009 FedEx NTDC competitors:

  • Collectively, the drivers have more than 1,880 years of professional driving experience among them;
  • In total, the team has driven safely more than 96 million miles during their careers – enough to circle the globe almost 3,855 times;
  • Forty-eight of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more;
  • Forty-one of them each have accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving; and
  • Eight of them have won five or more state championships.