Hailie Deegan will have to undergo sensitivity training for the use of R-word during an online racing event, stated NASCAR.
Her use of the word is considered to be a derogatory term for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The driver has already apologized for her behaviour.
“Earlier tonight I used an insensitive word during an online race being broadcast on twitch,” Deegan stated. “It was inappropriate slang and a stupid thing to do. I apologize to everyone who was offended by it. There’s no excuse for it, and I know I have to do better for my sponsors and my fans.”
Ford also issued a statement in light of their developmental driver’s actions.
“We are aware of this inappropriate comment. Hailie immediately acknowledged this mistake, has apologized and promised to be much more thoughtful in the future.”
As per the section 12.8.e of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rule Book:
“NASCAR members shall not make or cause to be made a public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person’s race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age or handicapping condition.”
Having completed the ARCA Series last season, the 19-year-old driver is set to participate in the Camping World Truck Series this season. Her best finish last season came as a runner-up finish at Daytona.