Temecula’s Hailie Deegan jumps to Ford to fast-track her racing career

Temecula’s Hailie Deegan, now driving for Ford Performance, set a record in becoming the first female driver to win a pole award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series during the Star Nursery 100 in Las Vegas. Valley News/NAPA Online photo
Hailie Deegan, a rising 18-year-old star in motor sports from Temecula, was named a development driver with Ford Performance recently in a deal that could fast-track her progression into a NASCAR national series.Deegan spent the last two years as part of Toyota’s crowded development field before the switch. The partnership with Ford will give her numerous opportunities to race this season, including the full Automobile Racing Club of America schedule as well select sports car events in the International Motorsports Association Michelin Pilot Challenge.Deegan in ARCA will race for DGR-Crosley, which last week became a Ford Performance team. She will drive a Mustang GT4 with Multimatic motor sports in IMSA.“Hailie has shown in her brief time behind the wheel of a stock car th
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