REED FINISHES 15TH AT TEXAS
FORT WORTH, Tex. (November 7, 2015) – Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association team finished 15th on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway in the 30th race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season.
“Today was a frustrating day, but I’m proud of team’s hard work throughout the race to make the car better,” said Reed. “I felt like we were headed in the right direction, but just ran out of time to make the last adjustment that would have really made the difference. We will move on to Phoenix and hope to record top-10 finishes in the final two races of the season.”
Reed started the 200-lap event from the 17th position on Saturday after qualifying was canceled due to wet track conditions. The field lined up for the start by final practice speeds from Friday’s sole practice session and were told by NASCAR they would have the chance to make adjustments during a competition caution on Lap 25.
Within the first five laps of the race, Reed reported that the car was really loose. Crew chief Chad Norris told him to hold on to it until the competition caution on Lap 25.
Under the caution period, the team pitted from the 16th position for four tires, fuel, a track bar adjustment and a spring rubber adjustment. The team’s quick work on pit road put Reed in the 13th position for the restart on Lap 31.
By Lap 50, Reed said that the car was still loose and reported that if they could get it tightened up on entry to the turns the car would be really fast. A few laps later, Reed reported that it felt like he had no rear tires left as the grip had gone away. Twenty-five laps later, Reed ran in the 15th position and said the car really needed rear grip.
The second caution of the race came on Lap 77 while Reed ran 15th. He said he needed the most help with grip on entry to the turns. Norris brought his driver down pit road under caution on Lap 79 for four tires, fuel and a spring rubber adjustment. Following the stop, Norris told Reed the wear on his right-front tire was severe. He restarted 12th on Lap 83.
Ten laps after the restart, Reed said he specifically needed help on his entry into Turn 3 and was really loose. By the halfway point in the race, Reed was scored in the 16th position.
The third caution flag of the afternoon flew on Lap 114 while Reed was running 16th. The team pitted on Lap 117 for a track bar and spring rubber adjustment. Reed restarted 16th on Lap 121.
The team made their only green-flag pit stop of the race on Lap 164 for tires and fuel. At the time, Reed reported the car was still free on entry.
The final caution flag of the race flew with 25 laps to go. Reed ran 14th and pitted under caution for four fresh tires, wedge and air pressure adjustments. He restarted 13th with 16 laps to go.
In the remaining laps of the race, Reed settled into the 14th position and crossed the finish line while battling for that position with Kyle Busch. Reed and the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association American Diabetes Month Ford Mustang were scored 15th once the checkered flag dropped.
Reed remains 10th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings after his top-15 finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Reed and the rest of the NASCAR XFINITY Series will return to the track on Saturday, November 14th at Phoenix International Raceway.
Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series competition with drivers Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Elliott Sadler, Ryan Reed, Chris Buescher and Bubba Wallace. Now in its 28th season, Roush Fenway is a leader in driver development, having launched the careers for many of the top drivers in the sport. Off-track, Roush Fenway is a leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and producing multiple award-winning digital and experiential marketing campaigns. Roush Fenway is co-owned by Jack Roush, the winningest team owner in NASCAR history and Fenway Sports Group, parent company of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox and English Premier League’s Liverpool F.C. Visit RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.
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.