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Seven FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the California Truck Driving Championship

May 21, 2012

STOCKTON, Calif. – May 22, 2012 – Seven drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 California State Truck Driving Championship in Stockton on May 20, 2012.

  • Oscar Enciso, owner of Encizo, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Burbank, captured the top spot in the Step Van class.
  • Harmit Sarwan, owner of Kiran, Inc. domiciled at the FedEx Ground station in Burbank, and Barry Yeates, a driver for FedEx Freight in Oakland, posted second-place finishes in the Step Van and Straight Truck classes, respectively.
  • Rodney Humphreys, a driver for FedEx Ground contractor Army Transportation Inc. in Fairfield, was third in Step Van.
  • FedEx Freight drivers Emilio Rios (Whittier), Gary Lopez (Irvine) and Michael Brown (Modesto) posted third-place finishes in the 3-Axle, Straight Truck and Twins classes, respectively.

Enciso 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 California championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”

The California 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.