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NASCAR driver, diabetes advocate to race at Chicagoland Speedway

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:59 p.m. CDT
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Despite health struggles, NASCAR Driver Ryan Reed is currently excelling in his first full NASCAR season – and is ranked 10th after a recent 4th place finish in Daytona.

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver and Lilly Diabetes ambassador Ryan Reed finished fourth in the Subway Firecracker 250 on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida.

Reed, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2011 at age 17, was told he never would race again.

However, once he learned about the disease and strategies for proper management, he became a full-time driver for Roush Fenway Racing and an advocate for diabetes awareness.

Reed is racing in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd. Joliet.

Chicagoland Speedway is offering a variety of events surrounding this race, including a car show, concerts by Switchfoot and Collective Soul, and post-race fireworks. For a full schedule, visit www.chicagolandspeedway.com/Tickets/July-Weekend/July-Schedule.aspx.

Tickets are on sale on the Chicagoland Speedway site at www.chicagolandspeedway.com/Tickets/NNS-July.aspx.

Since his diagnosis, Reed has joined forces with the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes on the Drive to Stop Diabetes, an initiative launched in 2013 that brings awareness and diabetes education to thousands at select NASCAR races nationwide, as well as at several off-track health and wellness initiatives.

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

After his fourth-place finish, Reed will continue to compete in the full schedule of Nationwide races and move forward with his career as a NASCAR driver.

For information on Drive to Stop Diabetes, follow Reed on Twitter at @driverRyanReed, like him on Facebook at Driver Ryan Reed, visit the campaign’s website at www.DriveToStopDiabetes.org or follow it on Twitter at @D2SDiabetes. See also www.lillydiabetes.com.

For information, call the American Diabetes Association at 800-DIABETES or visit www.diabetes.org.

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