CONCORD, N.C. – Ryan Reed and Roush Fenway Racing unveiled Monday the throwback paint scheme that their No. 16 Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang will carry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 3.
The No. 16 Ford Mustang will feature a design similar to the No. 16 driven by Bobby Allison to three victories in 1975, including one at Darlington Raceway.
“Bobby Allison is a true icon in this sport,” said team co-owner Jack Roush. “I’m beyond honored to have one of our cars carry a paint scheme that Bobby ran. I look forward to making him proud at Darlington Raceway later this season.”
In a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career that spanned 25 years, Allison earned 84 victories, 58 poles, 335 top-five finishes and the 1983 championship. In addition, Allison led more than 27,000 laps in premier series competition.
For his success, Allison was nominated to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.
“I can’t wait for Darlington this year,” said Allison. “It will bring back a lot of memories seeing that car out on the race track. I’m just so happy to be a part of this throwback weekend, and I wish Ryan and his Roush Fenway team luck heading into Darlington.”
Reed and Allison were at on hand for the announcement, along with renowned NASCAR artist Sam Bass, who helped create the throwback adaptation of Allison’s 1975 scheme.
Like Reed, Bass lives with type 1 diabetes and has been a part of the Drive to Stop Diabetes program since its inception in 2013. Bass will also play a special role for the team at Darlington Raceway, painting the Lilly Diabetes 140th Anniversary logo on the decklid of Reed’s Ford after inspection is complete on Friday of race weekend.
“I’ve been honored to do some pretty amazing things during my time in NASCAR, but painting a logo “Old School” on a race car at the track is new for me,” said Bass. “What Ryan and his team are doing in the diabetes community is really special to me and I’m honored to be included with two things I’m so passionate about – NASCAR history and diabetes awareness.”
“This is a really special paint scheme to me for a variety of reasons,” said Reed. “First off, it’s awesome to honor Bobby Allison — someone who’s done so much for NASCAR. But it’s also special to have Sam [Bass] as a part of the program. I’m glad they have him painting the decklid, and not me.”
CREDIT: Roush Fenway Racing