Words by Rachel Bowes
Hailie Deegan, daughter of renowned racer and Team 4 Wheel Parts member Brian Deegan, has been racing since she was eight years old – and she’s been a superstar from the start.
Hailie’s first ever race, the Mickey Thompson Tires/Kal Gard Lubricant SXS Stadium Series, she took home the first place trophy for the Junior 1 Kart class. Despite being the youngest racer in her class, Hailie is still cozy with the podium five years later.
“We didn’t even know the little tracks existed, then we found out it was the kid’s class and they could start racing at eight. We just put her in … and she loved it,” says Marissa Deegan, Hailie’s mother.
“My dad was racing and I saw this little flyer. The car was for around my age and I was like, ‘oh my gosh, I want one so bad!’” says Hailie, “On my eighth birthday, I got my first car.”
Hailie went on to win the championship in the Junior 2 Kart class of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in 2013 and is now putting her focus into MOD Kart. “I started the season racing Junior 2 and MOD Kart and after the second race, I decided to stop racing J2 and focus on MOD,” she says, “It’s a lot of fun; the trucks go really fast and it’s a major adrenaline rush! It really gets you ready for the next level of racing.”
As the 2014 LOORRS season stands, she is in the eighth position out of 21 racers. In her last race at the Wild West Motorsports Park as part of the LOORRS series, Hailie raced to a fifth place finish. “There are 21 in the class, 3 of them girls, so it was some good racing. My best friend Isabella Naughton finished 4th, so it was pretty cool!” she says.
Her next race will be at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT on Sunday, June 22.
“I love off-road and I want to race rally with my dad!” Hailie says about her future plans. She has a few years to go before she can give Brian Deegan a run for his money though, so right now her focus is on winning the 2014 LOORRS championship.
“As long as I’m racing, I’m happy,” she says.
Rachel Bowes is a copywriter with 4 Wheel Parts