Deegan Must Take Sensitivity Training

Hailie Deegan will be required to take sensitivity training prior to the start of the NASCAR season

NASCAR will require Hailie Deegan to undergo sensitivity training before the 2021 season, it announced January 11.

Deegan used an offensive term during an iRacing stream Sunday night.

The 19-year-old was playing iRacing - a popular racing simulation that is sometimes played and broadcast live by professional drivers - on Sunday night, and used the word when she was bumped into by another auto.

"Earlier tonight I used an insensitive word during an online race being broadcast on twitch", Deegan said.

'It was inappropriate slang and a stupid thing to do, ' Deegan said in a statement Sunday.

Deegan immediately exclaimed: "Hey, who's the (slur) behind me?"

Ford Performance issued the following statement: "We are aware of this inappropriate comment".

NASCAR officials made the decision on Monday afternoon. She's set to run a full season in the Truck Series in 2021 as she works her way up the NASCAR ladder. The series' first race is scheduled to be February 12 at Daytona International Speedway.

Deegan, the 19-year-old daughter of Motocross and X Games star Brian Deegan, was streaming an esports racing event on her Twitch account on Sunday when she was hit by another driver when the race was under caution. She competed in the ARCA Series last season.

Previously, she had been a development driver for Toyota.

She began her career in NASCAR in 2018 what is now the ARCA Series West.



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