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Five FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the Alaska Truck Driving Championship

May 21, 2012

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – May 21, 2012 – Five Anchorage-based FedEx Express drivers placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Alaska State Truck Driving Championship in Anchorage on May 18-19.

  • Doug Rickel earned his third state title this year after finishing first in the Straight Truck class.
  • Ron Bernier finished first in the Step Van class. This is his second state title.
  • Rebecca Nelson finished second in the Step Van class.
  • Victor Enriquez and Matthew Mongeau finished third in the Step Van and 3-Axle classes, respectively.

Rickel and Bernier 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 Alaska championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”

The Alaska 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.