NNS rookie Ryan Reed earns career-best 4th at Daytona

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When he was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, doctors told Ryan Reed that he likely would never achieve his dream of being a race car driver.

Reed might want to go back to those doctors now and tell them in response, “Uhh, are you still sure about that diagnosis?”

Reed earned the best finish of his Nationwide Series rookie season, finishing fourth in Friday night’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

“That was what we needed right there,” Reed said in a team media release. “Man it felt good to get our first top-five.

“The guys told me that Ricky [Stenhouse Jr.] really turned his rookie season around a couple years ago at Daytona, by coming away with a top-five. I am hoping to do the same thing.”

Reed started and ended fourth, as he and his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang remained in the top 10 for much of the 100-lap, 250-mile race (which eventually became a 103-lap, 257.5 mile race due to a green-white-checker finish).

“That was some fun racing,” Reed said. “I had a great time. Everyone just raced so hard. I am so proud of the team for putting ourselves in a good position to capitalize.  That is what we have needed to do all season long and to finally do it, I am just so proud.”

Reed’s previous best finish was ninth last season at Richmond. With Saturday’s finish, he moves up to 10th in the NNS points standings.

The next NNS race is next Saturday’s Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.