Reed Looks to Defend Daytona Victory
In this race last year, Reed captured his first NXS win after starting eighth, leading 14 laps and making a last-lap pass for the victory.
Ryan Reed – Daytona Advance
Team: No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Phil Gould
Twitter: @driverRyanReed, @Reed16Team and @RoushFenway
Reed at Daytona
Ryan Reed has four starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). In this race last year, Reed captured his first NXS win after starting eighth, leading 14 laps and making a last-lap pass for the victory. In his other three starts at DIS, Reed finished 18th, fourth and 13th after starting 39th, fourth, and eighth, respectively.
Reed has the chance to capture two victories at DIS this weekend with his participation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) NextEra Energy 250 on Friday night and the NXS Powershares QQQ 300 on Saturday afternoon. On Friday night, Reed will be behind the wheel of the No. 58 Ford F-150 for Lira Motorsports. Reed has one previous start in the NCWTS in 2012 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he finished 17th.
For the third straight season, Roush Fenway Racing partners with Lilly Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association on the Drive to Stop Diabetes program to field the No. 16 Ford for Reed in the NXS. Reed, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2011, continues to serve as an ambassador to the diabetes community by raising awareness through his on-track performance and his community involvement.
Reed finished his sophomore season in the NXS with a 10th-place finish in the championship standings. He earned his first career win in the season-opener at DIS. He led a total of 16 laps for the season and netted an average finish of 16.8, competing in all 33 races. Reed also won two ARCA Racing Series events in 2015 for Lira Motorsports.
100th Start for Phil Gould
In 2016, Reed teams up with veteran crew chief Phil Gould. When the green flag drops in Daytona, Gould will mark his 100th race as a NXS crew chief. The Kendall Park, N.J. native’s NASCAR career spans more than 15 years as a mechanic, car chief, and crew chief for some of NASCAR’s top teams and drivers. Gould joined Roush Fenway in 2015 as the crew chief for Elliott Sadler, earning four top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, ultimately finishing the year sixth in the NXS standings.
Reed on Daytona
“There’s definitely a ton of pressure heading into Daytona as the defending winner and as I kick off my third year in the XFINITY Series. I couldn’t be more ready and confident with what we’ve built in the off season. This is the most excited I have seen everybody at Roush Fenway and the most unified the team has been since I have been here. We have the right people in place to have a breakout year and not only win some races, but also contend for a championship.”
Reed will appear at the DIS Ford Display in the Fan Midway for a Q&A session on Saturday, February 20th at 12:40 p.m. ET.
On Saturday, February 20th from 1:00 -1:30 p.m. ET, Reed will hold an autograph session at the Trackside Superstore in the DIS Fan Midway. Reed will sign autographs and take pictures while you shop for your favorite No. 16 apparel.
Reed will appear in the DIS Sprint FanZone on Saturday, February 20th at 1:45 p.m. for a Q&A session. Fans must have a Sprint FanZone ticket to access the Q&A session. Purchase here.
About the Drive to Stop Diabetes
The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign strives to educate people about living well with diabetes. The campaign encourages the millions of Americans who have diabetes to talk about it with their doctor, family, and friends and to actively manage their health.
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 are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.
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, the Association’s 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 (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.