NASCAR’s Ryan Reed Drives to Stop Diabetes this Friday and Saturday

American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Ryleigh Ashford ‘Riding with Ryan’

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DALLAS, Texas (Oct. 27, 2014) – For the 10th time this season, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed has a special guest riding along with him during Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Texas Motor Speedway.  The No. 16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop DiabetesSM presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang will carry the name of Ryleigh Ashford above the passenger side window.

Ashford was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on April 8, 2013 at the age of eight.  The now 10-year-old has kept a positive attitude and refuses to let diabetes derail any of her goals.

“With the help of my family, friends and coaches, I have not let diabetes slow me down,” says Ashford.  “I still lead a very active, normal life doing all the things I love to do, such as playing softball, basketball, swimming, going to camp and much more.  Being a normal, active kid is a little bit harder for me because of the diabetes, but it is not impossible and I am not letting diabetes keep my from being myself and doing the things I love to do.”

The ‘Riding with Ryan’ program rolls into its 10th weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.  The name of an American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador will be featured on the No. 16 Ford Mustang at 11 races this season.

“I am so inspired by how determined Ryleigh is to not let diabetes change the way she wants to live her life,” said Reed.  “She is such a great example to people living with diabetes.  Every week, I am fortunate enough to continue to pursue my dreams.  To see people like Ryleigh, who have no let diabetes stop them from doing the same, is such a reward.  It’s yet another reason I’m so proud to work with the American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes.”

Reed and Ryleigh will visit the day before the race at Eagle Mountain Elementary on Friday, Oct. 31 to meet with students and discuss his experience racing with type 1 diabetes. His appearance and the assembly will serve as the kick-off for Eagle Mountain Elementary and their fundraising campaign, School Walk to Stop Diabetes, to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

You can also learn more about the North Texas School Walk to Stop Diabetes program and how it helps the Association’s mission to stop diabetes by visiting



  • NASCAR Driver Ryan Reed can speak to his partnership with the American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ campaign and Lilly Diabetes. He can also speak about his non-profit, Ryan’s Mission, and his story of being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and its effects on his racing career
  • Mike Brin, Director, Fundraising & Special Events, American Diabetes Association can speak to the partnership with Lilly Diabetes and NASCAR driver Ryan Reed in addition to the Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ campaign and the “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes”
  • Ryleigh Ashford, 10, Step Out Youth Ambassador can speak about her experience with diabetes and being diagnosed with type 1 at eight years old. Her name will be put on the side of Reed’s race car



Eagle Mountain Elementary

9700 Morris Dido Newark Rd.

Fort Worth, TX 76179



Oct. 31, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.


To schedule an interview or for more information contact:

Lauren Coley
MSL on behalf of Lilly Diabetes


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Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series competition with drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Ryan Reed and Chris Buescher. Now in its 28th season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning digital and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter at @roushfenway.



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