Reed Finishes 14th in Loudon
LOUDON, N.H. (July 16, 2016) – Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team finished 14th on Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) after starting 22nd and fighting the handling of the car for the majority of the race.
“The handling of our car was completely different today than it was during practice yesterday,” said Reed. “We made significant changes throughout the race, which helped, but we just couldn’t get in position to pass cars. I’m so proud of our No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team for never giving up. We will be back for redemption next week in the Lilly Diabetes 250.”
Reed started the race 22nd after fighting free conditions during qualifying on Saturday morning. After the green flag, Reed was quiet on the radio but made his way up to 19th position by Lap 10. He began reporting that the car’s handling was tight-off after Lap 35 and had fallen back to 22nd while fighting the car’s handling.
The team had their first chance to make adjustments under caution on Lap 53. Crew chief Phil Gould called for four fresh tires, fuel, a spring rubber in the right rear of the car and a wedge adjustment. After the stop, Reed restarted 22nd and gained two positions by the next caution on Lap 64. During this caution period, Reed was in the “lucky dog” position and was able to get back on the lead lap. He reported he may have damage to the right-front of the car, so Gould brought him down pit road to fix the fender damage and adjust the track bar. He restarted 19th on Lap 70.
Six laps after the restart, the caution was displayed for the third time. Reed reported that the last adjustment helped. The team did not pit, leaving Reed to restart 13th on Lap 80. On Lap 93, the caution was again displayed for debris. Reed was scored 16th and reported he needed lateral grip through the center of the turns. The team pitted under caution for fresh tires, fuel, and track bar and wedge adjustments. He restarted 19th on Lap 99 and was up to 17th one lap later at the halfway point in the 200-lap event.
By Lap 109, Reed had broken into the top 15 and reported the car was much better on exit. He was quiet on the radio until the next caution with 34 laps to go. He was scored 13th and reported that he still needed a little help with turn on exit. He pitted on Lap 169 for tires, fuel, track bar and air pressure adjustments. He restarted 14th with 27 laps to go and dropped back to 15th by the next caution a couple of laps later.
Another caution flew with just 18 laps remaining in the race. Reed was positioned 14th for the restart and would maintain that position through the final laps and across the finish line.
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