RFR’s Ryan Reed Ready for Phoenix Debut

Ryan Reed, driver of the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to StopDiabetes 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 14thin 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 Diabetespresented 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.