Ryan Reed Will Attempt His First Sprint Cup Race This Week At Talladega

Ryan Reed - Talladega
Team:             No. 99 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Fusion

Crew Chief:    Phil Gould

PR Contact:    Kevin Woods kwoods@roushfenway.com

Twitter:           @driverRyanReed, @Reed16Team and @RoushFenway




Sprint Cup Debut

This weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Ryan Reed will get behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) car for the first time in competition.  Reed will attempt to make his first NSCS start this weekend at Talladega behind the wheel of the No. 99 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Fusion.

Reed at Talladega

In three NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) starts at Talladega, Reed has never started outside of the top-10 and has led a total of 37 laps.

Superspeedway Success

In six NXS starts at Daytona International Speedway, Reed has earned one win, two top-fives and three top-10s.

Reed kicked off the 2015 season at Daytona with an eighth-place qualifying effort.  Reed would find his way to the front of the field in the closing laps, leading a total of 14 laps and crossing the finish line in first.

After climbing out of the car, Reed said, “This is for … every kid who gets diagnosed with diabetes, or anything, that says you can’t do something, just go out there and overcome it and do it and win. Do the best you can. This is unreal. It hasn’t even soaked in yet.”

Phil Gould

Reed’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) crew chief Phil Gould will also serve as his crew chief in this weekend’s NSCS race.  Gould has 12 superspeedway races under his belt as a NXS crew chief.  In those 12 starts, Gould has one top-five finish and four top-10 finishes.  In four races at Talladega, Gould’s NXS drivers have led at least one lap in each start.

Reed on Talladega

“I can’t wait to get to Talladega.  To be this close to achieving a goal of mine is huge.  I know our Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association team has been working really hard to bring a stout piece to the track.  Our goal is to go out there and keep our nose clean, run all of the laps, earn some respect and hopefully be in contention for a solid finish at the end.”


Reed and the rest of the NSCS will take the green flag from Talladega on Sunday, October 23rd at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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.


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