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November 6, 2013 2:39 PM

RFR’s Ryan Reed Ready for Phoenix Debut

Concord, N.C. (November 6, 2013) -- Ryan Reed, driver of the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes SM presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang, will make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start on the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) this Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.  This will be Reed’s fifth start with Roush Fenway Racing (RFR).  Reed finished 14th in his last outing at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.

Reed’s No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang will showcase photos from the American Diabetes Association’s A Day in the Life of Diabetes mosaic at PIR as part of American Diabetes Month®.  Reed worked with the Association to encourage the public to submit a personal image to the Association’s Facebook mosaic representing what A Day in the Life of Diabetes means to them. The simulator version of the American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford, will be onsite at PIR and will also feature the photos.

"Phoenix is a place I have always wanted to race,” said Reed. “My dad raced there quite a bit back in the day and he told me how much fun it was. It's just so unique, and from what I have seen, breeds great racing.” 

“Showcasing this design with photos from the mosaic is really important to me.  I'm excited about driving this special edition of the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang there.” Added Reed. “It's going to be so cool to represent so many people affected by diabetes during American Diabetes Month and because it’s so close to World Diabetes Day.  I look forward to showing off the car and I’m looking to have a solid finish for the Drive to Stop Diabetes team Saturday."

Reed, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in February 2011, joined forces with the American Diabetes Association’s efforts and created the Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign, with awareness and educational events at select NASCAR Nationwide races as well as at several off track health and wellness initiatives throughout 2013 and 2014. Drive to Stop Diabetes is supported by Lilly Diabetes, the program’s National Presenting Sponsor. 

Click HERE to watch Reed’s Mosaic Mustang being prepared, narrated by Reed.

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.

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