NASCAR News: AM Racing Confirms Hailie Deegan’s Future After Questions Of Performance

After questions about the driver’s future in the sport, AM Racing announced the immediate termination of its contract with Hailie Deegan, a driver recently removed from the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Deegan, who transitioned from the K&N Pro West Series where she garnered attention with her performance, had joined AM Racing with high expectations. However, after 17 races that saw a season-best 12th place at Talladega but only three other top-20 finishes, both parties have decided to part ways.

AM Racing expressed their sentiments in a statement (below):

“AM Racing and Hailie Deegan have decided to part ways, effective immediately,” they announced. “We are grateful for Hailie’s contributions and dedication as the driver of the No. 15 Ford Mustang during her time with the race team. We wish Hailie the best in her future endeavors and look forward to her continued success on and off the track.”

The decision marks a significant pivot point in Deegan’s career, who also shared her thoughts on social media.

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Hailie Deegan, driver of the #15 VIVA Tequila Seltzer Ford, waits on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 at Sonoma Raceway on June 08, 2024 in…

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“Beginning this season, I had a lot of excitement and hope in taking my next step in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. It’s something I’ve been working towards for years and always dreamt about. I worked hard to prepare for this season after the team pursued me to drive their car. Unfortunately, it has not turned out the way that I expected. There are always several reasons within a race team as to why things do or do not work, but sadly our goals no longer align. With that being said, myself and AM Racing will be parting ways.

“The only thing I am focused on is getting back to being competitive. That is ALL that matters to me. I’m working as quick as possible to find the best opportunities to get back to the track.

“I’m thankful for the following that I have and everyone who supports me, it’s truly only me that knows the whole story and what I need to succeed.

“See you at the track, soon.”

Throughout her stint with AM Racing, Deegan faced several challenges, including adapting to the team and achieving consistent performance. Her experience runs parallel to issues faced by other drivers within the team, such as Christian Rose, who also struggled in the ARCA series. Even Joey Logano, the two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion who replaced Deegan, struggled in the same car last weekend with him only finishing P8.

While Deagan’s future isn’t confirmed yet, the young driver is keen to return to competitive racing. Where she will find a seat, though, isn’t an easy question to answer. In regards to who will replace her, it will likely be multiple drivers until they sign a new full-time contract.