Hailie Deegan will continue her stock car racing career with a new manufacturer in 2020, as the daughter of X Games legend and off-road champion Brian Deegan will make the switch from Toyota to Ford for the coming season. Deegan, who finished third in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings in 2019, will move to DGR-Crosley Racing and contest a full ARCA Menards Series season in the #4 Monster Energy Ford.
“I could not be more excited to join Ford Performance and DGR-Crosley next season,” Deegan said in a release. “Growing up watching my dad race a Ford, and now to be able to do the same thing is very cool. It’s important to me to be teamed up with a hardworking group such as DGR-Crosley with like-minded visions and goals. We are all committed to working as hard as it takes to finish on top. I look forward to the upcoming season and learning as much as possible to get me closer to accomplishing my goals of winning races.”
The oldest of three siblings, Hailie Deegan followed her father’s footsteps on four wheels from a young age. She became the first female champion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series when she won the 2013 JR2 Kart title, won Modified Kart championships on both the national and regional levels, and moved up to Pro Lite full-time in 2017. Her prowess behind the wheel led to multiple opportunities on pavement, first in Legends cars with Rev Racing, and later in Super Late Models.
In 2018, Deegan joined Bill McAnally Racing for NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition and became the first woman to win both a race and a pole in the West series in back-to-back events in September. She returned to the team in 2019 for her second full West campaign, and added eight starts in the East division (one with DGR-Crosley) alongside six ARCA races with Venturini Motorsports. In total, Deegan ran 28 races last season, scoring two victories, nine top-fives, 18 top-10s, and three poles.
Alongside her ARCA commitments, Deegan will race a Ford Mustang GT4 in select IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge events with Multimatic Motorsports. She’ll pair with Chase Briscoe in the January 24 season opener at Daytona International Speedway to kick off her sports car race schedule, just three weeks after her first test session at the Roar Before the Rolex 24.