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Hailie Deegan now Ford’s newest NASCAR development driver – Motorsport.com

Hailie Deegan now Ford’s newest NASCAR development driver – Motorsport.com
17 Dec

Ford has a “major announcement” planned for Tuesday afternoon at its Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, N.C., during which it has said it will introduce a new development driver.

Multiple sources have confirmed to Motorsport.com that Deegan has agreed to a multi-year driver development agreement with Ford and she will continue her NASCAR learning curve competing with DGR-Crosley.

DGR-Crosley, which fields entries in late models, ARCA and the NASCAR Truck series, recently announced its own move from the Toyota to Ford camp. Ford officials confirmed the team would the cornerstone of its efforts to develop drivers for NASCAR competition.

Deegan, 18, is the daughter of Brian Deegan, a motocross rider, off-road racer, and former X Games athlete.

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The pairing with Ford in some respects shouldn’t come as a surprise. 

In 2011, after a successful 17-year Motocross career, Brian Deegan signed a deal with Ford to race a Ford Fiesta in the Global RallyCross Championship and the X Games and compete in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series in a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

It was a successful pairing, as Deegan won the Pro Lite Unlimited (twice) and Pro 2 (three times) classes of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series and finished a career-high second in 2012 in Global RallyCross.

Hailie Deegan grew up racing off-road and on dirt but transitioned to competing on asphalt in 2016 to pursue a career in stock car racing. 

She began her career in NASCAR in 2018 in the K&N Pro series. She is the only female driver to have won races in the K&N series – once in 2018 and twice this past season, during which she finished a career-best third in the K&N West series standings.

Deegan also competed in six ARCA races this year with a career-best finish of fifth at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis.

Until now, Deegan’s NASCAR and ARCA competition has all come with Toyota-supported teams and the manufacturer has touted her as one of its rising NASCAR stars.

Source: https://www.motorsport.com/nascar/news/hailie-deegan-ford-development-driver/4614079/


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