Hailie Deegan has joined Ford’s development driver program, the maker announced at a press conference Tuesday, Dec. 17.
In addition, DGR-Crosley announced it has signed Deegan to the full 20-race ARCA Menards Series schedule in its No. 4 Ford Fusion.
Deegan raced two full-time seasons in the ARCA Menards Series West, as well as some East events, in a Toyota. She has three wins, 13 top fives and 23 top 10s, all in the West Series.
She also has some ARCA experience under her belt, competing for Venturini Motorsports in six events in 2019. She earned one top five and four top 10s during that time.
“I could not be more excited to join Ford Performance and DGR-Crosley next season,” Deegan said in a team 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.”
Deegan currently has no plans to compete in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series for DGR-Crosley in 2020, though that could change toward the end of the season.
Deegan will also run select events in the Mustang GT4 with Multimatic Motorsports in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. She’ll debut in the IMSA Roar Before the 24 test session at Daytona on Jan. 3. Then she will run her first event in the Michelin Pilot Challenge opener at Daytona on Friday, Jan. 24, along with fellow Ford driver Chase Briscoe.
Deegan’s first 2020 ARCA Menards Series event will be Saturday, Feb. 8, at Daytona International Speedway.
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