Stock Car Racing
#16 Ryan Reed
|Sponsor||ADA presented by Lilly Diabetes|
|Crew Chief||Phil Gould|
|Birthday||AUG 12, 1993|
Ryan Reed has shown a knack for winning big races and now he’s hoping that has laid the groundwork for a NASCAR XFINITY Series championship run in 2018.
This will mark Reed’s fifth season driving the No. 16 Lilly’s Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing and there have been many highlights during that time, including season-opening wins at Daytona in two of the last three seasons. He has also qualified for the series Playoffs each year since it started in 2016, advancing to the Round of 8 on both occasions.
Reed, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 17, will once again be back for a full season in the No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang with sponsorship from Lilly through the American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign. 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 won his first NASCAR XFINITY Series race in the 2015 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. That helped Ford sweep all three races during Speedweeks.
- 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 made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup debut in 2016 as he qualified 18th and finished 26th in the Playoff race at Talladega.
DID YOU KNOW?
Reed is one of two drivers actively competing in NASCAR’s top three touring series that was born in Bakersfield, CA, joining Kevin Harvick.