NASCAR Nationwide Driver Ryan Reed Kicks Off the Season at the Daytona International Speedway with the Drive to Stop Diabetes Initiative

Alexandria, Virginia
February 20, 2014

NASCAR Nationwide Driver Ryan Reed will be driving his No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang at the Daytona International Speedway on February 22.  The Drive to Stop Diabetes initiative is a collaboration with Ryan Reed, the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes aimed at raising awareness of diabetes in communities across the country.

In February 2011, Ryan Reed received the life-changing news that he had type 1 diabetes and was told he would never race again. He refused to give up his dream of racing and has since become an inspiration for millions of people living with diabetes by continuing to pursue his goals while managing his diabetes.

“We are so excited to be launching the 2014 race season with Ryan Reed and the Drive to Stop Diabetes initiative at the Daytona race on Saturday,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “It is critical to raise awareness about diabetes and the importance of managing one’s disease and with Ryan and Lilly Diabetes’ help we are getting that much closer to stopping this deadly disease.”

The Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign presented by Lilly Diabetes, features awareness and educational efforts at NASCAR Nationwide races, as well as off-track health and wellness initiatives across the country throughout the year. As part of the effort, Reed will also compete in 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Roush Fenway Racing.  For more information, please visit drivetostopdiabetes.org.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)