Roush tabs Reed full-time in Nationwide
October 11, 2013, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
CONCORD, N.C. -- Ryan Reed, the 20-year-old Bakersfield, Calif., native who has made three starts for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season, will compete full-time for the organization in 2014.
The announcement was made today at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the site of tonight's Dollar General 300 NNS event.
"It's a dream come true," Reed said. "To drive for Roush Fenway has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid watching Carl Edwards in the Truck Series. I realized how much Jack (Roush, co-owner) developed talent and how he helped develop the talent into the success they are today."
The No. 16 Ford will feature the American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign paint scheme, featuring Lilly Diabetes, a provider in diabetes care. Reed was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago.
"I know how big of a deal it is and just want to play a small part in helping to stop diabetes," he said.
Reed competed in both NNS races at Richmond International Raceway this season, with a best finish of ninth in September. He also made a start at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he finished 26th.
"I felt like at Richmond I was able to adapt well to the race track, I was able to race with guys like Jamie McMurray and Brian Vickers and I was able to race inside the top 10 in both races," he said.
"I went to Bristol and I had some work to do. We ran like 25th most of the night and I just struggled.
"There are going to be tracks that I go to that I feel like I adapt to well and then some other tracks that I'm going to have to do some work on. That's what's so great about having Jack behind me and supporting me. He understands the development process and will be right there by my side."
In addition to fielding three teams in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, Roush Fenway Racing fields two full-time entries in Nationwide for Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana.
The No. 16 entry has been fielded for a dozen races for drivers Chris Buescher (7) and Billy Johnson (2), in addition to Reed.
"He's an exciting young driver with a great feel for the car," Roush said. "He's highly motivated and competitive."
Reed said no decision has been made concerning a crew chief or other personnel for the team for 2014.