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Diabetic NASCAR Driver Wins at Daytona International Speedway

  • Published: 2015-02-22 (Revised/Updated 2015-03-18) : Author: Eli Lilly and Company : Contact:
  • Synopsis: NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and Lilly Diabetes ambassador Ryan Reed wins Alert Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Quote: "When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I knew that through hard work and a great support system, I could learn how to manage the disease and continue to compete as a racecar driver."

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This is his first win as a NASCAR driver and shows that with hard work and proper management, anything is possible - even for people living with diabetes.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is a family owned and operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France, Sr. in 1947 - 48. NASCAR is the largest sanctioning body of stock car racing in the United States. The three largest racing series sanctioned by NASCAR are the Sprint Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series.

Reed, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17, was told that he would never race again. He refused to give up on his dream of racing and in 2013, became a driver for Roush Fenway Racing.

Since his diagnosis, Reed has also joined forces with Lilly Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association on Drive to Stop Diabetes(SM), an initiative that brings awareness and diabetes education to thousands at NASCAR races nationwide.

Through Reed's example, children and adults with diabetes can see that the disease doesn't need to stand in the way of pursuing their dreams.

"When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I knew that through hard work and a great support system, I could learn how to manage the disease and continue to compete as a racecar driver," said Reed.

NASCAR Driver Ryan Reed Takes First Place At Daytona International Speedway
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"I'm so excited to get this first win at Daytona, but am even more excited for what this means to the diabetes community. I'm living my dream and others with diabetes can do the same."

Reed will continue to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season with Roush Fenway Racing in the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang.

"We are so proud of Ryan's winning performance at Daytona and continue to be impressed by his will to help raise awareness of diabetes," said Mike Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes.

"Lilly Diabetes is honored to work with him - he's such an inspiration to the millions of Americans, including NASCAR fans, who are at risk for, living with, or supporting a loved one with diabetes. We hope this win will further awareness of prevention and management of diabetes."

"Working with Ryan and Lilly Diabetes on the Drive to Stop Diabetes(SM) campaign has been an exciting experience. To see the effect he has on people with diabetes and their loved ones is truly inspirational. With the win at Daytona, he continues to show that anything is possible," said Kevin L. Hagan, CEO, American Diabetes Association.

"This win continues to help us raise critical awareness about diabetes and allows us to further our movement to Stop Diabetes."

For more information on Drive to Stop Diabetes, follow Ryan on Twitter at @driverRyanReed

Like him on Facebook at Driver Ryan Reed.

Visit the campaign's website at, or follow it on Twitter at @D2SDiabetes

Facts: Daytona Beach

In the 1920s and 1930s, Daytona Beach became known as the place to set world land speed records, supplanting France and Belgium as the preferred location for land speed records, with eight consecutive world records set between 1927 and 1935. Stock car racing in the United States has its origins in bootlegging during Prohibition, when drivers ran bootleg whiskey made primarily in the Appalachian region of the United States.


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