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Ryan Reed signs new multi-year deal with Roush Fenway, Lilly Diabetes

NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 - Qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 25: Ryan Reed, driver of the #16 Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Roush Fenway Racing announced Friday that it has re-signed driver Ryan Reed to a multi-year contract extension to continue racing in the Xfinity Series.

In addition, RFR officials also announced that Lilly Diabetes has extended its relationship to sponsor Reed and the No. 16 Ford Mustang going forward, as well.

The 23-year-old native of Bakersfield, California, earned his first career Xfinity win in last season’s opening race at Daytona.

He remains part of the inaugural Xfinity Series Chase for the Championship. His best finish this season is fifth at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Reed has proved to be an inspirational figure in the sport. Five years ago, doctors told him he’d never be able to race again after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

“We are very excited to continue our program with Lilly Diabetes,” said Reed, who will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. “Not only to continue to drive the No. 16, but more importantly, the opportunity to encourage and educate people who are living with diabetes and those who care for them.

“We will continue to share the message about diabetes awareness, specifically the importance of talking to doctors as well as proper nutrition and daily exercise.”

Added Mike Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes, “Through sharing his diabetes story with NASCAR fans throughout the country over the past three years, Ryan has inspired thousands of people affected by diabetes to live healthier lives and take an active role in managing their health.”

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