Lilly Diabetes Racing Program
ABOUT drive down a1c
Managing diabetes isn’t always easy. It’s an around-the-clock commitment. That’s why Lilly Diabetes, Ryan Reed and Conor Daly want fans to know about the importance of controlling their A1C.
A1C is a measure of blood sugar levels and the primary test for diabetes management. A doctor will use a person’s A1C number to help determine how well they are managing their diabetes.
Fans can take action to better care for their diabetes by:
- Eating a balanced diet
- Talking with their doctor about creating a treatment plan that works for them and taking treatment as prescribed
Click on the type 2 diabetes resources link above for educational materials intended for people living with or caring for someone with diabetes.
ABOUT THE LILLY DIABETES RACING PROGRAM
Diabetes affects nearly 30 million people nationwide. As the Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR®, Lilly Diabetes engages the NASCAR® community through educational initiatives that raise awareness of the importance of diabetes care and overall health.
“I’ve heard from a lot of my fans who have type 2 diabetes and although I have type 1 diabetes, we agree that it can be hard to manage this disease, especially with a busy schedule. It’s easy for life to get in the way of our best efforts, but it’s important to stay committed to our treatment plans. I’m excited to share my story and encourage fans impacted by diabetes.” – Ryan Reed
In addition to Lilly’s partnerships with NASCAR and Ryan Reed, Lilly partners with racecar driver Conor Daly. Lilly is one of Conor’s sponsors in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Conor will also join Ryan and the Roush Fenway Racing team to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Road America race, where he will drive a Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang.
Together, Lilly, NASCAR®, Ryan Reed and Conor Daly seek to inspire fans impacted by diabetes to better manage the disease and remind them to stay confident and persevere, even when it gets hard.
“I know many people with type 2 diabetes worry about how the disease may impact their future. Managing diabetes takes hard work and determination, but I know from experience that it’s something that can be done. I’m excited to work with Lilly Diabetes and am looking forward to joining Ryan on and off the racetrack to support people with diabetes.” – Conor Daly
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. 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 with hard work and disciplined diabetes management, he could still race.
Ryan continues to work closely with his doctor on a treatment plan that works for him and includes eating healthy, exercising and taking treatment as prescribed.
Racing full time in the NASCAR® Xfinity Series since 2014, Ryan drives the No. 16 Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang. Recording two career wins thus far, Ryan won the 2015 and 2017 season openers at Daytona International Speedway. He continues to be an inspiration among the millions of people impacted by diabetes, proving that through hard work and perseverance, you can achieve your dreams.
ABOUT CONOR DALY
Conor Daly is an American racecar driver who learned all about racing through his father, professional racecar driver Derek Daly. At age 10, Conor fell in love with the sport when he began racing go-karts.
In 2005, Conor’s go-karting career took off as he won 19 races. In the same year, he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. But Conor didn’t let the disease hold him back; instead he looked at it as just another obstacle on his path to becoming a professional racecar driver. Conor’s career continued to skyrocket, and in 2008, he made his debut as a racecar driver, winning the Skip Barber National Championship, Canadian Formula Ford 1600 Rookie of the Year and Walter Hayes Formula Ford Trophy. In the years that followed, Conor has driven in multiple racing circuits across the globe, including IndyCar.
In 2016, Lilly Diabetes was the co-primary sponsor of Conor’s No. 18 Shirts for America/Lilly Diabetes Honda in the 100th running of the Indy 500. In 2017/2018, Conor competed in The Amazing Race on CBS, where he and his teammate finished in fourth place. Conor continues to race in IndyCar as a free agent.
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