NASCAR to require Hailie Deegan to take sensitivity training
Before the start of the 2021 season, NASCAR will require Deegan to complete awareness training.
Deegan, the 19-year-old daughter of motocross and X Games star Brian Deegan, was streaming an esports race on her Twitch account on Sunday when she was hit by another rider when the race was under caution.
Deegan immediately exclaimed, “Hey, who is that (arch) behind me? Please don't do that.” The arch is commonly used to refer to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Deegan then posted a message on her Twitter account in which she apologized for using the "insensitive word".
Hailie Deegan will run the full truck schedule in 2021
Hailie Deegan grew up in off-road and dirt sports, but switched to tarmac racing in 2016 to pursue a career in stock car racing.
She began her career at NASCAR in 2018, now called ARCA Series West. She is the only rider to have won races in the series - once in 2018 and twice in 2019. In 2020, she competed in the ARCA Menards Series, won the Rookie of the Year award and came third in the series.
Deegan will compete full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series with David Gilliland Racing this season.
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