FedEx Drivers Shine at 2023 National Truck Driving Championships

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In the world of trucking, precision, safety, and skill are paramount. FedEx Corp. proudly recognizes the outstanding achievements of its drivers at the 2023 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships (NTDC/NSVDC).

Five Remarkable Winners

These exceptional drivers, representing FedEx, showcased their expertise and commitment to safety during the competition held in Columbus, Ohio from August 16 to 19. Let’s meet the champions:

  1. David Coffel (Phoenix, Ariz.) secured the Straight Truck National Championship, an incredible feat considering it was his third appearance at NTDC. With 14 years of service at FedEx Express, including 11 as a driver, David has logged over 600,000 miles without a single accident.
  2. John Greene (Goshen, Conn.) claimed the 5-Axle National Championship. With 32 years of professional driving experience and being the 2015 Connecticut Rookie of the Year, John has accumulated more than 1.45 million safe-driving miles during his illustrious career.
  3. JC de la Cruz (Anchorage, Ak.) excelled in the Step Van National Championship. This marked JC’s third-straight appearance at NSVDC, following his third-place finish in 2022. With over 22 years of service at FedEx Express and 18 years as a courier, JC has safely covered more than 290,000 miles.
  4. Robert Fair (Sanbornton, N.H.) secured the Twins National Championship, adding to his accolades as this year’s New Hampshire Grand Champion. Over 24 years as a professional driver, Robert has logged an impressive 2.3 million safe-driving miles as a member of the FedEx Freight team in Belmont, N.H.
  5. Roland Bolduc (East Longmeadow, Mass.) emerged as the Sleeper Berth National Champion. With 18 NTDC appearances, including National Grand Champion titles in 2017 and 2022, Roland’s contributions are exemplary. In his 29 years at FedEx Express, he has driven over 2.6 million miles accident-free during his 39-year career.

A Legacy of Excellence

FedEx’s legacy of excellence at the NTDC was further solidified this year, with the company sending a total of 156 drivers from across the United States. With five national titles earned in 2023, FedEx drivers have accumulated 71 National Champion titles, seven National Grand Champion titles, and ten National Rookie of the Year titles in the past 19 years.

Top Finishers in Various Classes

In addition to the national champions, nine FedEx drivers were among the top finishers in their respective driving classes at this year’s championships. They exhibited remarkable skill and dedication:

  • Adam Heim, FedEx Freight (Rathdrum, Idaho), 3rd Place, 4-Axle
  • Alex Lofgren, FedEx Express (St. Paul, Minn.), 3rd Place, Step Van
  • Bill Colantuone, FedEx Express (Raynham, Mass.), 2nd Place, Straight Truck
  • Greg Long, FedEx Express (Frederick, Md.), 2nd Place, Step Van
  • Jamie Sowder, FedEx Freight (Toone, Tenn.), 3rd Place, Flatbed
  • Jim Kohr, FedEx Express (North Chili, N.Y.), 3rd Place, Straight Truck
  • Ritch Fundell, FedEx Freight (Tonica, Ill.), 3rd Place, 3-Axle
  • Todd Flippin, FedEx Freight (Lamar, Colo.), 3rd Place, Twins
  • Tyler Rogers, FedEx Freight (Fruita, Colo.), 3rd Place, Sleeper Berth

Acknowledging Excellence in Knowledge

Four drivers from FedEx achieved the Highest Score on the Written Exam:

  • David Comings, FedEx Freight (Wahpeton, N.D.), 4-Axle
  • David Mogler, FedEx Freight (Brighton, Colo.), Tank Truck
  • Mike Bills, FedEx Express (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Straight Truck
  • Todd Flippin, FedEx Freight (Lamar, Colo.), Twins

Vehicle Condition Award

One driver representing FedEx received the Vehicle Condition Award for the best pre-trip inspection:

  • Tim Blair, FedEx Freight (Alcoa, Tenn.), 5-Axle

Team Champions from Connecticut

Additionally, three FedEx drivers were members of Connecticut’s Team Champions, showcasing their collective excellence:

  • John Greene, FedEx Freight (Goshen, Conn.), 5-Axle
  • John Sanchez, FedEx Express (Windsor Locks, Conn.), Step Van
  • Roland Bolduc, FedEx Express (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Sleeper Berth

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) is a global leader in providing comprehensive transportation, e-commerce, and business services to customers and businesses worldwide. With an annual revenue of $90 billion, FedEx focuses on safety, ethical standards, and customer needs. Committed to connecting people and possibilities globally, FedEx aims to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040.

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