Lilly Diabetes Racing Program
ABOUT THE LILLY DIABETES RACING PROGRAM
Many NASCAR® fans are impacted by diabetes, which affects nearly 30 million people nationwide. By providing inspiration, tools, and resources, the Lilly Diabetes Racing Program strives to encourage people with diabetes to stay determined, persevere and take action to better manage their diabetes.
Achieve the small wins by:
- Taking care of yourself
- Talking with your doctor about diabetes management to stay healthy
- Reaching out to family and friends for encouragement and support
As the Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR®, Lilly will offer even more engaging diabetes educational initiatives for NASCAR® fans.
The face of this partnership 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 health care provider to manage his diabetes with proper nutrition and treatment.
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 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.
Racing full time in the NASCAR® XFINITY Series since 2014 driving the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang, Ryan finished the 2015 NASCAR® XFINITY Series season 10th in the standings – a season highlighted by his first career NASCAR® victory at Daytona International Speedway. The 2016 season saw Reed make the field for the inaugural NASCAR® XFINITY Series Chase finishing sixth in the driver point standings.
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.
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