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Lilly Diabetes to Co-Sponsor Conor Daly of Dale Coyne Racing in 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

May 26, 2016

News Highlights:
•    Dale Coyne Racing and Conor Daly team up with Lilly Diabetes to bring awareness to the number of military veterans living with diabetes
•    One in four veterans are living with diabetes, which is more than the general population

Plainfield, IL (May 26, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing today announced that Lilly Diabetes of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) will serve as co-primary sponsor of the No. 18 ShirtsForAmerica.com/Lilly Diabetes Honda, driven by Conor Daly, in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29. 

As part of the sponsorship, Daly’s No. 18 car will run a special patriotic paint scheme with a series of four stars, one colored in blue to recognize the one in four veterans who live with diabetes, which is two and a half times greater than the general population. 

In 2006, at age 14 Daly was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Now 24, Daly continues to manage his diabetes through proper diet, exercise, and medicines. The Noblesville, Ind., native wears a glucose monitoring system to help manage his diabetes and his No. 18 Honda is equipped with a glucose monitoring readout device.

“We are proud to partner with Lilly Diabetes for the Indianapolis 500 to help bring awareness to the number of veterans living with diabetes and help connect fans with Lilly as a resource for proper management of diabetes,” said Team Owner, Dale Coyne. “With the Memorial Day weekend and the sponsors we have on Conor’s car, we couldn’t be more excited about Sunday’s race.”

Lilly, a leader in diabetes care for more than 93 years, has been providing solutions and support for people affected by diabetes since 1923 when the company introduced the world’s first commercialized insulin. Many of the company’s programs and solutions are designed around feedback from people who live with the disease every day.  
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“By working with Dale Coyne Racing and Conor Daly, we hope to get people talking about diabetes with their doctor, as well as their friends and family,” said Michael B. Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes. “As an American institution with roots that go back 140 years, we are excited to sponsor the No. 18 Honda at one of America’s most iconic tracks, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, right here in our backyard. The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is an exciting moment for the entire racing world and an ideal opportunity for us to bring attention to the one in four U.S. veterans currently living with diabetes. We look forward to celebrating this historic moment in motorsports.” 
    
“It’s a pretty exciting time for our race team to have Lilly Diabetes come on board for the Indy 500 this weekend.  It’s personal to me and also to so many people living with and managing diabetes,” said Daly. “Being an Indiana native and having a company like Lilly help us bring awareness to the number of veterans living with diabetes is something really special.”

For more diabetes resources, visit LillyDiabetes.com. 

About Lilly Diabetes
Lilly has been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923, when we introduced the world’s first commercial insulin. Today we are building upon this heritage by working to meet the diverse needs of people with diabetes and those who care for them. Through research and collaboration, a broad and growing product portfolio and a continued determination to provide real solutions—from medicines to support programs and more—we strive to make life better for all those affected by diabetes around the world. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com or follow us on Twitter: @LillyDiabetes.

About Eli Lilly and Company 
Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at www.lilly.com and newsroom.lilly.com/social-channels. 

About Dale Coyne Racing 
Dale Coyne Racing is a Verizon IndyCar Series team based in Plainfield, IL, about 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. The team has participated in every season of the INDYCAR/Champ Car World Series since 1984, making this their 32nd season of competition. DCR earned its third IndyCar win with a victory in Detroit in 2013 where they finished with both cars on the podium. The team was able to win for a fourth straight season in 2014 when visiting victory lane in Houston. Team Owner Dale Coyne is a true racer with a long history in racing. As an Indy car driver for five years, and a team owner since 1984, he has more than 30 years of experience in open-wheel racing. Coyne is a Midwestern entrepreneur who designed and built Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL. Dale Coyne and Tony George, along with International Speedway Corporation (ISC), expanded the facility by forming a partnership and building Chicagoland Speedway. Coyne served as president of the facility through its construction and opening season, and served on its management committee until its eventual buyout by ISC in 2007.