Ryan Reed & Conor Daly: August 15, 2018



RYAN REED,  NASCAR Xfinity Series™ Driver

CONOR DALY, Racecar Driver


Ever wonder what it’s like to speed around a winding racetrack at 200 MPH in a 130-degree car? Now consider doing that while managing a chronic health condition like diabetes.

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Reed and racecar driver Conor Daly know exactly what this is like, and will be available for live interviews on Wednesday, August 15 to discuss balancing their diabetes management and racing careers as they prepare for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Wisconsin’s Road America on Saturday, August 25. Conor will join Ryan and the Roush Fenway Racing team for this race and like Ryan, will be sponsored by Lilly Diabetes. Conor will be the first and only person with type 1 diabetes to race in both NASCAR and IndyCar in the same year.

As part of this sponsorship, Lilly Diabetes and NASCAR are launching a five-part YouTube video series, documenting Conor’s “Road to Road America” and offering an inside look at Conor’s experience as he prepares for his first NASCAR race. During interviews, Ryan and Conor will also share details on Lilly’s Drive Down A1C initiative, which inspires fans impacted by diabetes to better manage the condition. The series will live on NASCAR’s YouTube channel and launches on Wednesday, August 15.


About the Drive Down A1C Initiative

Lilly’s Drive Down A1C initiative aims to drive action among people with type 2 diabetes to do more to better manage their diabetes and talk to their doctor about treatment options that can help control their A1C, a measure of blood sugar levels and the primary test for diabetes management. As the Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR, Lilly continues to play a significant role in the NASCAR community and will continue its racing presence through engaging diabetes educational initiatives including track walks, a Fitness Challenge and more.

Since 2013, Lilly has sponsored Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Lilly sponsored Conor Daly in the 100th and 102nd Indianapolis 500, and looks forward to sponsoring both Conor and Ryan for the Road America race. Lilly will also sponsor Roush Fenway Racing driver Ty Majeski for the Road America race. Ty is a Wisconsin native and also has close ties to the diabetes community, as his grandfather has type 2 diabetes.

Through its sponsorship of Ryan Reed and partnership with NASCAR, Lilly wants people to know that there is more that they can do to better manage their diabetes. This can include things like eating a balanced diet, exercising, working with their doctor to create a treatment plan that works for them and taking treatments as prescribed.

About NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver 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 Racecar Driver 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 Indianapolis 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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