Reed at Pocono Raceway
This weekend marks the first ever visit to Pocono Raceway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Ryan Reed has competed at the track twice in the ARCA Racing Series. In 2012, he recorded two top-10 finishes in the series at Pocono.
Reed will compete in the 80-lap ARCA Racing Series event at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 3rd for Lira Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 38 Lilly Diabetes Ford. In 2015, Reed captured two wins in three starts in the ARCA Racing Series for Lira Motorsports. Reed won at Chicagoland Speedway and Kentucky Speedway and finished fourth at Kansas Speedway.
Riding with Ryan
American Diabetes Association® representative and diabetes advocate Tanya Dunning will ‘ride’ along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during this weekend’s race, the Pocono Green 250. The Quakertown, Pa. resident will have her name featured on a decal above the passenger-side window of the No. 16 Ford Mustang.
Like Reed, Dunning lives with diabetes and knows the importance of staying healthy to manage her diabetes. After she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 11 years ago, she lost enough weight through diet and exercise that she is now able to use those tools alone to manage the disease. She is an avid fundraiser for the Lehigh Valley American Diabetes Association Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® event. For the past three years, she has walked in the event as a Champion – a participant who has raised at least a $1,000 to help Stop Diabetes®. This weekend, Dunning 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 11 races. Additionally, Reed has led eight laps for the season and has recorded an average finish of 16.9.
The Bakersfield, CA native and the No. 16 team finished 19th at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday after suffering a flat tire early in the race. Reed was running inside the top 10 before being forced down pit road to avoid an on-track incident, causing him to lose valuable track position prior to the flat tire after the Lap 58 restart.
Reed on Pocono Raceway
“All of the XFINITY Series regulars become rookies again this weekend as we take on Pocono for the first time in these cars,” said Reed. “It will be really interesting to see how these cars handle over the bumps and what kind of speed we reach as we hit the track for the first time on Thursday. I’m excited to have some extra seat time in the ARCA car since I haven’t driven around this place since 2012 and hope that experience will translate to our No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang.”
Reed and teammate Bubba Wallace will visit with fans at the Pocono Raceway XFINITY Zone on Saturday, June 4th at 10:30 a.m. ET.
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.
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