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132 drivers from 46 states representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies will compete in the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) in Salt Lake City, August 20-24.
Each FedEx driver earned the right to compete in the NTDC by winning at state-level truck driving championships. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) sponsors the NTDC, which is designed to recognize industry leadership in safety and to promote professionalism among truck drivers.
“The commitment to safety that our team members have is exemplified in the number of state finalists competing at the National Truck Driving Championships,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO, FedEx Corp. “The 132 finalists are just a small representation of the more than 1,300 team members that competed at their respective state truck driving championship.”
Here are some facts about the 2013 FedEx NTDC competitors:
Collectively, the drivers have more than 2,700 years of professional driving experience among them.
In total, the team has safely driven more than 169 million miles during their careers—enough to circle the globe nearly 6,700 times.
More than 75 of the FedEx competitors have driven professionally for 20 years or more.
More than 70 have each accumulated at least one million miles of safe driving.
25 have won five or more state championships.
At the NTDC, the FedEx drivers will be among nearly 450 competitors who will vie for national titles in nine different classes of vehicles and for the National Grand Champion title. The drivers accumulate points by demonstrating their driving skills and knowledge of the industry through a written exam, pre-trip inspection and driving-skills challenge.
The 2013 FedEx NTDC team includes:
In 2012, 137 driving professionals from 46 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 Grand Champion title. In addition, FedEx drivers captured National Champion titles in the Flatbed, 3-Axle, and Step Van classes. Eight other FedEx drivers earned top-three finishes in their respective vehicle classes.