ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – May 7, 2012 – Six Albuquerque-based drivers representing FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) operating companies placed among the top finishers at the 2012 New Mexico State Truck Driving Championship in Albuquerque on May 4-5.
- Ray Sandoval, a driver for FedEx Freight, won the first-place trophy in the 3-Axle class.
- FedEx Express driver Chris Shaw earned his third consecutive state title, this year in the Straight Truck class.
- Chad Stahnke, also a driver for FedEx Express, won his second consecutive New Mexico title, this one in the Step Van Class.
- FedEx Express drivers Brian Berry and Eric Kurowski placed second and third, respectively, in the Step Van Class.
- FedEx Freight driver Mario Gurule posted third in the 5-Axle Sleeper class.
Sandoval, Shaw and Stahnke 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 New Mexico championship is a testament to their commitment to safety excellence.”
The New Mexico 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.