Ryan Reed – Richmond Advance
Team: No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Chad Norris
Twitter: @driverRyanReed, @Reed16Team and @RoushFenway
Reed at Richmond
Reed has competed at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) five times in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He made his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at the track in 2013, earning a 16th-place finish. His best career finish at the track came in September 2013 when he finished ninth. In his last appearance at the track in April, Reed finished 21st.
Riding with Ryan
American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Eli Hopkins of West Point, Va. will ‘Ride with Ryan’ this weekend. The 14-year-old high school freshman will have his name featured above the passenger-side window of Reed’s No. 16 Ford Mustang for the second time this year. Hopkins is a leader in the Richmond diabetes community, sharing his story at the American Diabetes Association’s Garden Party Diamond Gala and the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes®.
Like Reed, Hopkins is a racer and knows that staying active is important to managing his diabetes. He is a two-time ATV National Champion and now competes in dirt bike racing. Since last being featured on the car in April, Hopkins has joined the Richmond Kickers travel soccer team as well as his high school’s soccer team.
Reed finished 23rd at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night after suffering a flat right-front tire with 14 laps to go in the event while running 12th.
Reed is currently 10th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings after one win and 12 top-15 finishes.
Reed will participate in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Autograph Session at RIR on Friday, September 11th from 2:00 -2:45 p.m. Wristbands for entry will be distributed at the RIR display in the midway beginning that morning at 10:00 a.m. while supplies last.
Joey Cohen, lead engineer for the No. 16 team, hails from Chesapeake, Va. – just over 100 miles from RIR. Cohen is a 2006 graduate of UNC Charlotte, where he obtained his mechanical engineering degree.
Justin Rolfe, front-tire changer for the No. 16 team, is from nearby Powhatan, Va. – just 35 miles from RIR. Rolfe is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he obtained a degree in Business Management before moving to N.C. in 2011 to pursue a job on a NASCAR pit crew.
Reed on Richmond
“Richmond is one of my favorite places to go to and probably the track I feel most comfortable at since I have five starts there. In my opinion it’s the last true short track we go to – we use so much brake and forward drive is really important. We’ve struggled the last few times we have been there with new tire combinations but I know (crew chief) Chad (Norris) and the team will get it figured out and we will have a fast car this weekend.”
Reed and the rest of the NASCAR XFINITY Series will take the green flag from RIR on Friday, September 11th at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and MRN.
About The American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. For the past 75 years, our mission has been to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.