She will be driving the car that Derek Kraus raced last year for Bill McAnally Racing. Knaus won the KandN Pro Series West rookie of the year and the season finale race at Kern County Raceway Park in California. Knaus moved up to the No. 16 car, Gilliland’s car last year, for the team. Deegan moves into the No. 19 car vacated by Knaus.
Deegan is fairly new to stock cars, but not to racing. It is only her second full year in stock car racing, but she has been racing off-road trucks for the past eight years. She will be racing late models with High Point Racing at Irwindale Speedway in addition to racing in the KandN Pro Series.
One of the races she is looking forward to is the dirt track race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With an off-road truck racing background, she said the Las Vegas dirt track will play to her strengths.
She started racing off-road trucks when she was 8-years-old and won four off-road racing championships.
“That’s the one I feel like that will be my shining point,” Deegan said. “I came from racing off-road trucks.”
Before moving to NASCAR, Patrick was the most successful woman to compete in American open-wheel racing and the only woman to ever win an IndyCar race. She’s also the only woman to have ever led laps in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500—19 of those laps were as a rookie in IndyCar.
Patrick, 35, had a roller-coaster ride in Cup. Driving for Stewart-Haas Racing, Patrick earned seven top-10s -- a record for a female in the NASCAR Cup Series -- but it took 190 career starts. She finished in the lead lap in 38 percent of her races.
however seen from another direction, she did not win a race in 7 full seasons in Nascar, and only one in Indy car in 115 starts