American Diabetes Association® ambassador and diabetes advocate James H. (Andy) Anderson, Jr. will ‘ride’ along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). The Indianapolis, Ind. resident will have his name featured on a decal above the passenger-side window on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang.
Anderson Jr.’s interest in diabetes began during his time at Louisiana State University’s Medical School, where he did experiments on insulin secretion. He enjoyed it so much that he spent the next two summers in the lab, with support from the local American Diabetes Association. That work led to a fellowship in diabetes and endocrinology, and a career as a diabetologist in patient care, academic research and experiments in long-acting diabetes medicines.
Later in life, he developed diabetes and sought out diabetes management programs associated with the local American Diabetes Association. Through these programs, Anderson Jr. found help with his weight loss, physical activity and a support structure to manage his health.
“The time, effort and, most importantly the financial support, I along with my family have invested in the American Diabetes Association, has served not only the community, but has personally improved my life as a person living with diabetes,” Anderson Jr. said.
“Andy’s work in diabetes research is outstanding and I thank him for all he’s doing for everyone living with diabetes,” said Ryan Reed. “It’s so special to honor someone like him who has truly devoted his life to the diabetes community. We are grateful to honor him by having his name featured on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang during this weekend’s Lilly Diabetes 250.”
Ryan Reed and the ‘Riding with Ryan’ program roll into IMS for the first time this season. In this race last year, Reed finished 20th after starting 22nd.