In 2013, Ryan Reed joined the Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) stable of development drivers, making six starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). In his debut at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), Reed ran in the top-10 for the majority of the race, ultimately finishing 16th. The second time Reed returned to RIR, he earned a career-best ninth-place finish.
In October 2013, Reed – who has Type 1 Diabetes - and RFR announced a partnership between the American Diabetes Association’s Drive to Stop DiabetesSM and Lilly Diabetes that sees Reed compete full time in the NNS in 2014. Reed teams up with Seth Barbour in the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes Presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang.
Reed’s racing career began at a young age, capturing the Kid’s Kart Track Championship at the age of four. The Bakersfield, California native followed that up by becoming the Junior 1 Comer and HPV Karting Track Champion at age eight.
In 2009, Reed was crowned the Legends Division Track Champion at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. He backed up his Championship the following year at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale with Rookie of the Year honors in Super LAte Model Division. He took Home one win inthe 2010 season, beoming the youngest winner at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale in the Super Late Model Division.
At the age of 17, Reed made the long move from California to North Carolina, to surround himself with the racing community.
In 2011, Reed was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and told that he would never race again. Instead of giving up, Reed found Anne Peters, MD, of USC’s Clinical Diabetes Program in California, who assured Reed with hard work he could still race.
Reed implemented lifestyle changes that included a strict diet and exercise program, the use of devices to provide on track data, and reporting all of this information to his medical team in California.
The young driver next ventured to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, competing in three races in 2011, with his best finish of 16th coming at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
2012 saw Reed compete in 14 ARCA races, earning one top-five and six top-10 finishes. He had an average start of 8.6 and an average finish of 10.6. He also made one start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he finished 17th.