Stock Car Racing
#16 Ryan Reed
|Sponsor||ADA presented by Lilly Diabetes|
|Crew Chief||Seth Barbour|
|Birthday||AUG 12, 1993|
One of the best stories to develop late in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season belonged to Ryan Reed, a 20-year-old native of Bakersfield, Calif., who turned a limited schedule at Roush Fenway Racing into a full-time opportunity in 2014.
During the annual October race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, RFR announced that Reed would run the full NNS schedule with sponsorship from Lilly through the American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign. Reed, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 17, competed in six races for car owner Jack Roush in 2013 with his best finish coming in the fall Richmond race when he ended up ninth. Even though the statistics may only show that one top-10 effort, he finished 16th or better in five of his six starts and completed all but five of a possible 1350 laps.
Reed, who uses a sensor attached to the stomach to monitor his glucose levels during a race, formed his own organization called Ryan’s Mission, which educates people about Diabetes and how they can live full lives despite having the disease.
- Reed made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series at the age of 18 when he started 18th and finished 17th in the Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for owner Richie Wauters in a Ford F-150.
- Reed will drive the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes Presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing in 2014.
- After signing as a development driver for Roush Fenway Racing, Reed made his NASCAR Nationwide debut for the organization in the April Richmond race and finished 16th.
DID YOU KNOW?
Reed is one of three drivers actively competing in NASCAR’s top three touring series who was born in Bakersfield, CA, joining Kevin Harvick and Casey Mears.