In one final tune up before the Lilly Diabetes 250 on Saturday, NASCAR driver Ryan Reed raced some lucky fans and our very own Brett Edwards at the Speedway Indoor Karting course.
Getting behind the wheel of a go kart was just like old times for Ryan Reed. “Go karts was what got me into racing. My dad bought me my first go kart when I was 4 years old. It’s what I”ve grew up doing. I’ve spent a lot of hours of my life at go kart tracks.”
For Reed and other drivers, hitting the go kart track isn’t an uncommon sight.
“It’s kind of like a pickup game for us to go to the go kart track and race with each other.”
Racing has been a part of Reed’s entire life. His dad was a NASCAR driver. The 23 year old has enjoyed success in the X-Finity Series but a victory off the track may trump all.
“I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2011 and was told i would never race again. I think just being able to chase my passion and continue to live my dream, that’s been a huge victory of itself.”
More than one million Americans have been diagnosed with T1D. Reed has some good advice for those living with diabetes.
“Diabetes is just another thing that you can’t let stand in your way. Chase your dreams. Don’t let it stop you. Work very hard to manage it. Nothing’s going to beat hard work and that stays true for diabetes as well,” Reed added.
You can watch Reed in Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at 3:30pm.
The Brickyard 400 takes place on Sunday.