XFINITY driver Ryan Reed to attempt Sprint Cup debut at Talladega
Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed will attempt to make his Sprint Cup Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway in the Alabama 500 on Oct. 23.
It will also mark the return of the No. 99 in Sprint Cup competition, which was last driven by Carl Edwards in his final season at RFR in 2013.
"I am really looking forward to Talladega and racing in the Sprint Cup race," said Reed. "For anyone that has ever had the chance to get behind the wheel of a race car, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the ultimate goal."
Reed will pilot the Lilly Diabetes-sponsored Ford Fusion, the same sponsorship featured on his No. 16 in the XFINITY Series. He currently sits fourth in the inaugural Chase grid after last Saturday night’s first race at Kentucky Speedway.
It hasn’t been the easiest road for Reed on his way up the NASCAR ladder. In 2011, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and at the time, he was told he would never get behind the wheel of a race car again.
But those odds were no match for Reed’s determination to keep his career going, winning the XFINITY season opener at Daytona International Speedway in 2015.
"To realize that dream and to have been able to do it by properly managing my diabetes means a lot to me and the people that have stood beside me," added Reed.
And his goal for Talladega is not only attainable for the talented young driver, but an inspiration for those going through his same health situation.
"My goal is to qualify for the race, have a strong performance and continue to show people that with the proper management and support team you can overcome the obstacles in front of you — even diabetes — and accomplish your dreams."