American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Grant McNew To ‘Ride With Ryan’

CONCORD, N.C. (June 9, 2015) – American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Grant McNew will ride along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The Grand Rapids, Mich. native will have his name featured on a decal above the passenger-side door on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang.

McNew was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six. Now age 12, McNew stays active by playing football, soccer, baseball and golf. When he’s not on the sports field, he enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.

As a Youth Ambassador, McNew has participated in the American Diabetes Association of Grand Rapids’ Step Out®: Walk to Stop Diabetes® and helped with the Father of the Year Award program. He has also attended Camp Midicha, a summer camp for kids living with diabetes.  

Ryan Reed and the ‘Riding with Ryan’ program roll into Michigan International Speedway this weekend for a 125-lap event on the two-mile track. The name of a Youth Ambassador will be featured on the No. 16 Ford Mustang each weekend for the remainder of the 2015 season.

“Grant’s involvement in sports and his passion for the outdoors are inspiring for someone living with diabetes,” said Reed. “Seeing what he’s been able to accomplish while living with the disease for half of his life makes him a great role model for other kids with type 1. I’m proud to carry Grant’s name on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang this weekend in Michigan as we recognize all that he’s doing in the diabetes community.”

The NASCAR XFINITY Series takes the green flag from Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and MRN. 

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. For the past 75 years, our mission has been to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

About Lilly Diabetes


Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.