BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Ryan Reed could have given up his dreams when doctors told him he would never race again because of diabetes.
Less than three years later, the 20-year-old man is proving that nothing – diabetes included – can stop him from chasing his dream of being a professional race car driver.
Reed was Karting Track champion at age 8. By age 16, he was a Legends Track champion. Before he could even start his senior year at Bakersfield's Liberty high School, Reed was the youngest super late model winner in Toyota Speedway history.
No doubt, Reed was on a high-speed chase towards success.
However, after he started getting sick and was tested with a blood-sugar level over 400 after fasting, Reed was diagnosed at age 17 with type-1 diabetes.
The day he was diagnosed seemed tragic at the time, but now Reed and his family have used his story of perseverance and triumph to inspire an entire generation of Americans affected with diabetes.