Six FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the Michigan Truck Driving Championship
LANSING, Mich. – June 9, 2012 – Six FedEx Freight drivers placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Michigan State Truck Driving Championship in Lansing on June 9.
- Scott Brown, based in Fremont, Ind., finished first in the 5-Axle Sleeper class for his fourth state title. He also earned the Grand Champion title for achieving the highest score among the winners of all classes.
- Jim Fisher (Fremont, Ind.) is now a six-time state champion after winning the Flatbed class.
- Michael Wolf (N. Grand Rapids) posted first in the Step Van class.
- Daniel Badalamente (Warren) and John Clouser (Fremont) placed second in the 5-Axle and 3-Axle classes, respectively.
- Ron Metternick, based in Grand Rapids, finished third in the 5-Axle class.
Brown, Fisher and Wolf 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 Michigan championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”
The Michigan 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.