Hailie Deegan spent more time on the Daytona 500 media day than any other driver.
This may also be the last year she is a viewer.
Deegan has her sights set for entry into the entry-level ARCA Series in 2020. The predecessor of what she hopes will be a long racing car that will rise to the Premier Cup series. NASCAR will do its best to help, even putting the teenager in front of the camera on one of the coolest days of the sport.
And with the beloved fan of Danica Patrick missing in Daytona for the first time since 2011, Deegan, Natalie Decker and
"At the end of the day, there's a reason why there was no girl or woman who wins the highest NASCAR," Digan said. "There are many opportunities for improvement, of course I want to be the first to do it, and we hope that more girls will win, but I want to be the first." The 21-year-old Toyota driver will make her Truck Debut debut on the night of Daytona, one of three women in the industry. Jennifer Jo Cobb and Angela Ruch are different.
Decker failed to qualify for the Martinsville Speedway truck race in 2016 and spent the last two years at ARCA. She had the top ten top 20 finishers in the last season for Venturini Motorsports. She moved to DGR-Crosley this season and will run 12 races of the Truck series, as well as a combination of NASCAR K & N and two more ARCA events. She finished sixth in the ARCA Championship season in Dayton last weekend.
She got behind the wheel of Tundra No. 12 for the first time on Thursday, taking part in two practices.
"I'm very nervous" Ultra-positive Decker said. "I tried to hide it."
"I am going to study as much as possible for the next year", – she added. "But I really want to win the race."
Decker could have been in more than one series in 2019. She has scheduled launches scheduled for the Trans Am racing series and will know at the end of March whether she will be 18.
She hopes that a restless, diverse schedule will help her become a better driver and lead to more sponsors and opportunities.
Although Patrick's success on the path – the winless at the 253 NASCAR starts – never met the attention that she received for the domination of men's sports, her six years in the Cup series seemed to have formed the basis for other women.
But it may take some time to get them to the top level of NASCAR.
There are no women in the second-tier Xfinity Series this season, and 45-year-old Cobb is the only woman competing for full time in trucks 659004] "We have a lot of eyes," Decker said. She also won the New Year's Eve award and seems to be on a quick path to the star race.
She has 14 races in the K & N Pro Series West in his schedule this season, along with four more in the Eastern series.
"I needed that weight from the chest that was the first victory," Digan said. "I got a few poles, got the rookie of the year. We did everything that I wanted to achieve, but I got new goals this year. I want to win the Western Series championship and win the race in the East series, at least one  Although NASCAR is the largest Week-end without Patricks for the first time in eight years, two other women make a story at the start of the season.
Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O & # 39; Leary will make their Daytona 500 debut Sunday as tire changers on Cody Ware & # 39; & # 39; ; s No. 52 Chevrolet, becoming the first women graduates of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity Crew Development Pitch Program to take part in the " Great American Race. "
" We came together, trained together and got better together, "said O & # 39; Liri. [Ця подія буде ще однією віхою, яку ми можемо поділити разом.]
Other women's landmarks can follow." It's just a matter of time. "