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Seven FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the Indiana Truck Driving Championship

June 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – June 25, 2012 – Seven drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Indiana State Truck Driving Championship in Indianapolis on June 22-23.

  • Willie Baylor, a FedEx Freight driver based in Indianapolis, earned his fifth state title with a win in the 4-Axle class. He also took home the Best Pre-Trip Inspection honor and the award for Best Sportsmanship.
  • Fellow FedEx Freight driver Chris Helmuth (Fremont) captured the first- place trophy in the Flatbed class.
  • Vern Levingston, owner of Levingston Enterprises, Inc. based at the FedEx Home Delivery station in Indianapolis, earned his first state title with a win in the Step Van class.
  • Jeff Sowders, owner of J.S. Family Investments Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Indianapolis, won the Twins class.
  • Matt Moss, owner of Left Seat Logistics based at the FedEx Ground station in Lafayette, and Howard Mason, owner of HSM Enterprises, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Indianapolis, posted second- and third-place finishes, respectively, in the Step Van class.
  • FedEx Express driver Troy Davis (Michigan City) finished third in the Straight Truck class.

Baylor, Helmuth, Levingston and Sowders 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 Indiana championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”

The Indiana 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.