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Six FedEx Drivers Earn Honors at the Utah Truck Driving Championship

June 14, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY – June 9, 2012 – Six drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Utah State Truck Driving Championship in Salt Lake City on June 9.

  • Mike Kelly, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Salt Lake City, captured first place in the Twins class.
  • Ken Pierson, owner of Mbongo Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Salt Lake City, won the Step Van class.
  • Shawn Sellers and Barry Hatch, both drivers for FedEx Freight in Salt Lake City, posted second-place finishes in the 3-Axle and Twins classes, respectively.
  • Daniel Brophy, owner of D&E Delivery Services, Inc. based at the FedEx Ground station in Provo, finished second in the Step Van class.
  • Kirt Williams, owner of Williams Transportation Service based at the FedEx Ground station in Salt Lake City, posted third in the Step Van class.

FedEx was awarded the team trophy.

Kelly and Pierson 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 Utah championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”

The Utah 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.