Grant Reed, a 12 year old cancer survivor who was treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital has been named Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, August 17. An avid Ohio State football fan, Reed named his cancer ‘Michigan' after the Buckeyes' chief rival. He planned to do what he hopes the Buckeyes do each season on the gridiron, and beat Michigan.
Reed's main responsibility as Grand Marshal is to deliver the four most famous words in motorsports – "Drivers, start your engines" – to the inaugural Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 field. Reed was joined by Nationwide Series driver Sam Hornish Jr, track, NASCAR and Nationwide officials when the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule and Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 were announced in November 2012. Reed is also a native of Bellville, Ohio – just a short drive from the track. He's been around racing for most of his life as his dad, Troy, previously worked at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
"Grant helped us announce the race date last year so it's fitting that he's going to give the command at the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 this weekend," said Craig Rust, Mid-Ohio president. "He's got a clear checkup, so we thought what better person to have as our grand marshal. We're thrilled about it."
Along with the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, Reed has many other events planned for the upcoming season. He will be a special guest during Ohio State University's "Skull Session" for their game against Buffalo, and was recently invited to the Ohio State vs. Michigan game in Ann Arbor by Michigan coach Brady Hoke.