BAKERSFIELD, California — NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Ryan Reed to race on opening night at Kern County Raceway Park Saturday, May 18, 2013.
"Reed to drive the No. 16 Drive to Stop Diabetes SM Ford Fusion at the Bakersfield CA Track Opening"
Reed who was diagnosed at age 17 with type 1 diabetes is proving life has not limits by successfully becoming a development driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Roush Fenway Racing and collaborating with the American Diabetes Association to Drive to Stop DiabetesSM .
Reed will return to his hometown of Bakersfield, California to compete in the KGET-TV Opening Night at the state-of-the-art half-mile and quarter-mile speedways that have been in development for nearly 10-years and will officially bring NASCAR back to the area.
Reed will drive the No. 16 Drive to Stop Diabetes SM Ford Fusion in Saturday’s event.
"Kern County Speedway is going to be such an awesome place to cut your teeth as a young driver,” Reed said. “It is as close to the bigger NASCAR tracks as you’re going to get on a short track. “I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to not only be able to follow my dream to be a racecar driver, but I also to have the opportunity to help other people by educating them on diabetes as well as helping young drivers learn– life has no limits!”
Practice at Kern County Raceway Park will be on Friday, May 17th with practice, qualifying and the race on Saturday, May 18th. The spectator gates open at 4:00pm on Saturday with opening ceremonies beginning at 6:00pm.
The Drive to Stop Diabetes SM team will be on hand with a Ryan Reed merchandise trailer and a race simulator. Be sure to stop by and make a $10.00 donation for a chance to win a brand new Ford Fiesta. All proceeds go back to the Drive to Stop DiabetesSM Campaign.
For more information on Drive to Stop Diabetes SM please visit www.DriveToStopDiabetes.org, Facebook: Ryan Reed, Twitter: @driverRyanReed #D2SD.