Hailie Deegan NASCAR Nov 5, 2021; Avondale, AZ, USA; Camping World Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan during the Lucas Oil 150 Championship race at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

AM Racing made a major announcement Thursday. Formal Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan will be driving on the Xfinity Series next year.

Deegan signed a multi-year deal with the racing team to drive the No. 15 Ford Mustang during her rookie season. She will have Airbox and Viva Inc. as two of her primary partners.

“I am excited about the opportunity to compete full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, starting next year with AM Racing,” said Deegan. “From the start, the team has been nothing but great to work with, and the vision that (AM Racing president Wade Moore) has for the team to accomplish align with my values perfectly.

“Through the support of Ford and the AM Racing team, I feel that we will achieve great things together in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and I can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store for all of us,” she added.

Deegan, who has won the Truck Series Most Popular Driver twice, made her Xfinity series debut last season. She started out with the Truck Series in 2021. She spent two seasons with David Gilliland Racing and scored three top-10 finishes. Deegan made history in 2021 as the first female driver to score a top-10 finish in the Truck Series away from a superspeedway.

There is plenty of excitement surrounding Deegan joining the Xfinity Series.

“We are excited to see Hailie continuing to advance her career by running full-time with AM Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2024,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports.

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