Even with her first full-time season approaching, this is a bad time to be rising NASCAR star Hailie Deegan.
A rising star in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Deegan is in hot water for using a slur on-camera. Much like Kyle Larson’s situation last year, Deegan has already backpedaled for the controversy and use of offensive language.
One can’t blame Deegan for wishing that she could get back to easier times, like when she wore her racing suit upon graduating high school.
Hailie Deegan is a Truck Series driver
Hailie Deegan will have a very bright future on the track if she can avoid any future issues.
Still only 19 years old, Deegan briefly participated in the Truck Series last October. DGR-Crosley, now named David Gilliland Racing, appointed her to drive full-time in the upcoming Truck Series season.
The 2021 Truck Series campaign begins Friday, February 12, at Daytona.
Deegan celebrated graduating high school in a unique way
At 19 years old, Hailie Deegan is easily on the younger side when it comes to active NASCAR drivers — and that goes for any level.
Born in July 2001, Deegan graduated from high school in June 2018. Deegan dressed in her fire suit, sponors and all, and held the ceremony at Sonoma Raceway in California.
In addition to the traditional cap and gown, Deegan accepted her diploma in her racing outfit.
Deegan placed third in qualifying and finished the race in seventh place.
Noah Gragson, a full-time driver in the Xfinity Series, had a similar graduation ceremony in 2017. Gragson had his special day at Texas Motor Speedway.
Hailie Deegan is in hot water for using a slur
Hailie Deegan is the latest professional athlete to wind up in serious trouble over offensive language.
During a recent iRacing stream on Twitch, Deegan used a slur while discussing another driver.
Unlike NASCAR star Kyle Larson, the offensive term in question did not carry a racial connotation to it. Instead, the word referred to people with an intellectual disability.
Deegan issued a public apology on her Twitter account.
“Earlier tonight I used an insensitive word during an online race being broadcast on twitch. It was inappropriate slang and a stupid thing to do. I apologize to everyone who was offended by it. There’s no excuse for it, and I know I have to do better for my sponsors and my fans.”
Ford is Deegan’s racing sponsor, and the company said it was aware of her “inappropriate comment.”
“Hailie immediately acknowledged this mistake, has apologized and promised to be much more thoughtful in the future,” Ford said in the statement, according to CBS Sports.
NASCAR had not announced any punishment for Deegan at publication.