posts tagged with National truck driving championships

Ted Carlson Brings Marathon Mentality to Driving Freight

IMG_0033.jpg Ted Carlson has pursued his passion for driving since the day he drove his first car, which didn’t even have a gas cap!

The current road driver for FedEx Freight has, over the years, tried his hand at driving just about anything he could get his hands on. From an M1 Tank on patrol in Iraq, loading dock cranes, an array of armored Humvees…he even once tried to drive an Iraqi steamroller to help with road construction! Rewind even a few years further back, and there’s Ted, in the midst of hurricane Katrina relief: It seems that there was a gigantic airport fire truck that nobody knew how to move, so of course, Ted jumps in and figures it out.

But with Ted, it’s not just variety that motivates him; it’s consistency...

Thanks For Going From Here to There

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Have you ever stopped to think about how the bed you slept on last night, or the chair you’re sitting in right now or that picture frame that holds so many memories made it to your house? Most of those items were likely not built in your hometown; but rather were shipped to you from all over the country or even the world.

Meet some of our champions

FedEx is proud of our state champion drivers and contractors, who are competing this weekend in the National Truck Driving Championships!

You may know that they are amazingly skilled behind the wheel, but do you know their favorite diner or stretch of road? Take a look below for an peek behind the wheel at some of our champions:

Keep Step Van Drivers in the NTDC

If trucks had patron saints, step vans would claim Rodney Dangerfield as their own. The late comedian’s trademark quip, “I get no respect,” describes how some in our industry view step vans.They’re wrong. Step van drivers have proven their mettle. Their skill and professionalism are indispensable to the trucking industry. It’s no exaggeration that step-van drivers are an economic linchpin.It’s safety, however, that places step-van drivers in a class all their own.

FedEx wins big at National Truck Driving Championships

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In what has become tradition of sorts for FedEx, our National Truck Driving Championships team produced several top finishers and out of those crowned six national champions. Saturday morning began with the announcement of the top finishers in each class, including a 3-way tie in the 5-Axle class. FedEx scored big with 13 finalists in seven of the nine classes including sweeps of Twins and Step Van.