Ryan Reed – Richmond Advance
Team: No. 16 American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Seth Barbour
Chassis: RK-756 – New Chassis
Twitter: @driverRyanReed and @RoushFenway
· Reed at Richmond International Raceway
o Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) development driver, Ryan Reed will make his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend. Due to running a partial schedule, the No. 16 Ford Mustang must qualify for the race based on time.
· Up to Speed
o In 2012, Reed competed in 12 ARCA races, earning one top-five and six top-10 finishes. He had an average start of 8.6 and an average finish of 10.6. Reed also made one start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last season at Las Vegas, where he finished 17th.
o This year, the Bakersfield, Calif. native took the checkered flag in the season-opener at Irwindale Speedway, in the No. 16 Drive to Stop Diabetes Vallarta Ford Fusion Super Late Model.
· The Car
o The No. 16 team brings brand new chassis, RK-756 to RIR this weekend.
· 16 Team
o The No. 16 Ford Mustang makes its third start of the season. Chris Buescher was behind the wheel at Bristol and Texas, leading the RFR NNS effort in each race, finishing seventh and 17th, respectively.
· American Diabetes Association on the car
o The No. 16 Ford Mustang will carry the American Diabetes Association colors this weekend. The 19-year old driver, Reed, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 17. Reed formed his non-profit organization, Ryan’s Mission, to help build diabetes awareness. Ryan’s Mission joined forces with the American Diabetes Association to use his story as the voice in the Drive to Stop Diabetes. To learn more about Ryan’s Mission visit: http://drivetostopdiabetes.org/about-ryans-mission/. Check out http://www.diabetes.org/ for more information about the American Diabetes Association.
Reed on racing at Richmond International Raceway:
“We had a great test a few weeks ago with the Roush Fenway Racing team [at Gresham Motorsports Park]. I’ve been using super late model racing for some seat time as well. It felt great to bring home a victory at Irwindale a few weeks ago. Hopefully that and the test will really help me get comfortable in the Nationwide car at Richmond.”