Ryan Reed – Charlotte Advance
Team: No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Phil Gould
PR Contact: Candice Corrigan; firstname.lastname@example.org; 704-960-7387
Twitter: @driverRyanReed, @Reed16Team and @RoushFenway
Reed at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Reed has competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway five times in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, never finishing outside of the top 15. In 2015, Reed took home 12th– and 11th-place finishes in the spring and fall races, respectively.
On the Car
The No. 16 team will run a special paint scheme this weekend, recognizing veterans who have served and bringing awareness to the one in four who live with diabetes. As a part of NASCAR’s Salutes program, the car will feature a series of red, white and blue stars and stripes, with one out of four stars filled in blue to recognize the 25 percent of our service members who live with the disease.
Riding with Ryan
American Diabetes Association® representative and diabetes advocate Stephanie Bradshaw will ‘ride’ along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during this weekend’s race. The Garner, N.C. resident will have her name featured on a decal above the passenger-side window of the No. 16 Ford Mustang.
Like Reed, Bradshaw lives with diabetes and knows the importance of staying healthy to manage her health. After watching her father fight diabetes for over 25 years, Bradshaw was determined not to let diabetes win. Through working with her doctor, eating healthy and exercising, Bradshaw has lost over 97 pounds and counting since her diagnosis. She is an avid fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association of Raleigh Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® event. Last year, her team raised the most money in the family and friends division for the Raleigh event. This weekend in Charlotte, Bradshaw will have the opportunity to meet Reed and watch the race from atop the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association pit box.
Reed in 2016
Reed is scored 10th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship standings after 10 races. Reed has led eight laps for the season and has recorded an average finish of 16.7.
Reed and the No. 16 team finished 18th at Dover International Speedway on May 14th after starting 15th in the main heat and receiving damage in an incident on Lap 20. The damage forced the team to pit to repair the car, causing Reed to lose significant track position and control of the car’s handling.
Reed on Charlotte Motor Speedway
“I’m excited to have a lot of friends, family, Lilly and ADA guests at the track this weekend and hope we can put on a good show for them. There’s a lot of pressure racing in our backyard at Charlotte, but we have had some solid finishes here in the past couple of years. Our Cup cars did really well this past weekend at Charlotte, which is a good sign for our XFINITY cars. I can’t wait to get on track Thursday to see what we’ve got.”
#IDriveMyHealth Show Car Tour Hits Speed Street
Fans have the chance to take a photo with the No.16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association show car and special guests at Uptown Charlotte’s Speed Street festival on Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th from noon until 7 p.m. ET. On Friday, Reed will first sign autographs at the Speed Street Autograph Zone from 1 – 2 p.m. then head over to the show car for photos from 2 – 3 p.m. On Saturday, from 5-6 p.m., NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist Sam Bass, who, like Reed, lives with diabetes, will sign autographs for fans at the show car.
Representatives from the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes will be on hand, distributing info on diabetes wellness and prevention. Fans are encouraged to share how and why they manage their health by using #IDriveMyHealth at the event and on their social channels, for the chance to have their answer incorporated in Reed’s No. 16 Ford Mustang paint scheme in November. During the event, you can find the Lilly Diabetes #IDriveMyHealth Show Car Tour at the corner of Tryon at 3rd St. in Uptown Charlotte.
Roush Fenway Racing Fan Day
Roush Fenway Racing will host its annual spring fan day at its world headquarters in Concord, N.C. on Thursday, May 26 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET. The event is open to the public and will feature autograph sessions with Roush Fenway Racing’s drivers. Autograph sessions will kick off at 10 a.m. with Jack Roush and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Bubba Wallace, Ryan Reed and Gray Gaulding. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chris Buescher and Greg Biffle will sign autographs at 11:15 a.m. Ticket distribution begins at 8 a.m.
The No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association show car will be on hand all day for photos. Reed will stop by to take photos and encourage fans to submit how they manage their health using #IDriveMyHealth from 11: 15 a.m. until noon.
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 a management plan with their doctor, family and friends and to lead healthy lives.
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 (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!