Reed Posts 14th for Lilly Diabetes in Their First NASCAR Nationwide Series Race as Part of American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes SM Campaign
Ryan Reed piloting the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes SM presented by Lilly Diabetes posted a 14th-place finish in the running of the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Reed placed the No. 16 Ford Mustang in 16th-place position for the 200 lap race on the 1.5-mile Charlotte, North Carolina track.
“We set out what we had aimed for, running all the laps, having a clean car at the end and a top-15 finish for the American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes SM presented by Lilly Diabetes Roush Fenway Racing team,” Reed said. “I learned for 200 laps out there tonight and finally felt like we were putting all of the puzzle pieces together at the end of the run. I think we came from 18th or 19th and finished 14th and were gaining on 13th when we ran out of time. We had so much fun this afternoon unveiling the American Diabetes Drive to Stop Diabetes SM now presented by Lilly Diabetes, and it was a great afternoon. Seth Barbour, my crew chief, made a lot of great calls tonight. It was a lot of fun, a great learning experience and a great finish for Lilly Diabetes in their first race with the American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes SM campaign.”
From the start of the Dollar General 300, Reed reported to the Roush Fenway Racing team that the car was tight coming down pit road for a green flag stop on lap 52 for tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. Reed returned to the track and reported being too loose and having difficulty on the entry to the corners the in American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes SM presented by Lilly Diabetes Mustang. The Roush Fenway Racing team brought the 20-year-old driver down pit road on lap 89 for fuel, tires and trackbar adjustments.
As the laps wound down Reed reported getting free and needing grip in the rear of the car and came down for his final pit stop under caution on lap 158 where crew chief Seth Barbour called for air pressure adjustments and a round down in the left rear track bar. The changed helped as Reed returned to the track gaining ground posting a 14th-place finish in his first start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Reed will return to the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes SM presented by Lilly Diabetes Roush Fenway Ford Mustang at Phoenix International Raceway November 9, 2013.
Reed, a person living with type 1 diabetes, and Roush Fenway Racing announced their partnership with the American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes SM campaign and Lilly Diabetes Friday afternoon the full season in No. 16 Ford Mustang.
About Lilly Diabetes:
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we work to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued commitment to providing real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—to make lives better. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.
About the American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
About Roush Fenway Racing:
Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana. Having celebrated 25 winning years in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and its award-winning marketing campaigns for RickyvsTrevor.com, “25 Winning Years” and Google+. Visit http://www.RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+ , become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.
For more information on Drive to Stop Diabetes please visit www.DriveToStopDiabetes.org, Facebook: Ryan Reed, Twitter: @driverRyanReed #D2SD.