Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ Campaign
About DRIVE TO STOP DIABETES℠
Nearly three in four NASCAR® fans are impacted by diabetes, which affects nearly 30 million people nationwide. By providing inspiration, tools, and resources, the Drive to Stop DiabetesSM campaign strives to empower Americans with diabetes to live well. That means taking care of yourself, talking with your doctor about diabetes management to stay healthy, and reaching out to family and friends for encouragement and support.
The face of this campaign is none other than NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Reed, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17. Despite his diagnosis, Ryan was able to realize his dream of becoming a professional race car driver just a few short years later by working closely with his doctor to manage his diabetes with proper nutrition and treatment.
Drive to Stop Diabetes is presented by Lilly Diabetes in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association® and Ryan’s Mission, Ryan’s nonprofit organization.
ABOUT RYAN REED
Ryan Reed grew up in Bakersfield, California, watching his dad race and fell in love with the sport. His own racing career started early, when Ryan captured the Kid’s Kart Track Championship at age four. At the age of 17, Ryan made the long move from California to North Carolina, to surround himself with the racing community. In February 2011, just as his career was reaching new heights, Ryan received life-changing news. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and told he would never race again. Instead of giving up, Ryan found a doctor who assured him that through hard work he could still race. Ryan continues to see his doctor regularly.
Ryan adopted lifestyle changes including diet and exercise, as well as the use of devices to provide on-track data, and partnered with his medical team in California. The young driver next ventured to the NASCAR® K&N Pro Series East, competing in three races in 2011, with his best finish of 16th coming at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
In 2013, Ryan joined the Roush Fenway RacingTM stable of development drivers, making six starts in the NASCAR® XFINITY Series. In his debut at Richmond International Raceway, Ryan ran in the top 10 for the majority of the race, ultimately finishing 16th. The second time he returned to Richmond, he earned a career-best ninth-place finish.
In October 2013, Ryan and Roush Fenway Racing announced a partnership between the American Diabetes Association's Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ and Lilly Diabetes for Ryan to compete full time in the NASCAR® XFINITY Series driving the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang.
Ryan began his first full NASCAR® XFINITY Series season in 2014. He finished 9th in overall standings, with 1 top 5 finish and 14 top 15 finishes. In 2015, Ryan finished the NASCAR® XFINITY Series season 10th in the standings - a season highlighted by his first career NASCAR® victory at Daytona International Speedway in February.
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Seeing your doctor regularly is essential to managing your diabetes. In between visits, these educational materials can help you manage your diabetes or help care for someone with diabetes. For additional resources, visit our Programs and Resources page.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION
The American Diabetes Association is committed to preventing and curing diabetes and to improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Click here to learn more.