BRISTOL, Tenn. - Ryan Reed is the first confirmed full-time NASCAR driver with Type One Diabetes. He is racing next month at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Drive To Stop Diabetes 300.
Reed was at BMS Tuesday promoting the March 15 Nationwide Series race.
Bristol Motor Speedway and Reed have teamed up with The American Diabetes Association and Lilly Diabetes - a leader in diabetes care and treatment - to raise awareness.
When he was diagnosed three years ago, the California native wasn't sure if his dream of becoming a professional race car driver would be possible. But he received the proper care and treatment and is now a rookie in the Nationwide Series.
"As a kid growing up, thinking about racing, dreaming about racing, I never thought I would be able to inspire somebody or make a difference in someone's life," Reed told News 5 WCYB.
"So now to be able to use racing, and use my passion to show somebody they don't have to give up if they have diabetes, is a dream come true."