Ford Performance NASCAR prospect Hailie Deegan has apologized for using the R-word on Sunday during an iRacing event livestreamed over the internet.
Video surfaced over the weekend of the 19-year-old using the term.
Deegan apologized for her actions on Sunday evening.
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 Performance acknowledged both her actions and her apology in a Monday statement.
“We are aware of this inappropriate comment. Hailie immediately acknowledged this mistake, has apologized and promised to be much more thoughtful in the future.”
Deegan will begin her rookie season in the Camping World Truck Series next month at Daytona International Speedway. Ford Performance has funded her development since the 2000 season at David Gilliland Racing.
She competed full-time in the ARCA Racing Series last season and her runner-up finish at Daytona tied the best result by a female in that division. Deegan also made her Truck Series debut in October, finishing 16th at Kansas Speedway, also tying a record for best finish on that tour.
Prior to 2020, she was a Toyota Racing Development driver and was the first female to win in NASCAR’s West Division.
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