Hailiee Deegan has a huge future ahead at Ford.
Hailiee Deegan has a huge future ahead at Ford.

Female teen star signs NASCAR deal with Ford

TEEN freak Hailie Deegan will be driving for Ford's NASCAR program in 2020 after the blue oval pulled off a massive coup in American motorsport.

The 18-year-old Californian became the first female to win a race in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series West at age 17 in 2018 and added two more victories this season on her way to a third-place finish in the standings.

Deegan will be driving under a Ford Performance contract for the DGR-Crosley team in the 20-race ARCA Mendars Series and also for Mutlimatic Motorsports on the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge sports car racing circuit.

Deegan is the daughter of freestyle motocross great Brian Deegan, who in the past has driven Ford rally cars and off-road trucks.

Already one of the biggest rising stars in American motorsport, she's become known for an aggressive driving style.

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The secret of Deegan's defection to Ford leaked out just hours before Ford Performance could announce the deal.

The details of the deal and the years involved have not been announced.

However, commentators have declared the move a massive win for Deegan because it opens up more opportunities with Ford in the lower levels of NASCAR.

"I'm just super excited to be a part of this program, because I know they're fully invested," Deegan told NASCAR.com.

"That's something that I've been looking for and I know it's going to be a good, longstanding relationship in the future."

Deegan will make her Ford debut at the IMSA race on the Daytona International Speedway road course in January and follow it up on February 8 with her first start for DGR-Crosley in the ARCA season opener on Daytona's oval track.

Deegan's still has several steps to go to reach the premier NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

Her next step is to move up to NASCAR trucks and then the "minor league" Xfinity Series.

According to reports Deegan is aiming to crack the Sprint Cup series as early as 2022.

She would be the only woman in the premier series, following last year's retirement of superstar driver Danica Patrick.

She's making no attempt to hide her lofty ambitions.

Having already - at 16-years-old - become the youngest driver in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Deegan is now hoping to become the youngest ever female driver to earn promotion to America's most loved motorsport series.


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