Hailie Deegan, the 18-year-old driver deemed “NASCAR’s Subsequent Massive Famous person,” posed for a photograph she’ll probably bear in mind for the remainder of her life, standing subsequent to President Trump and first woman Melania Trump on the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Deegan and the Trumps have been all smiles forward of the race in Florida. The motive force posted the picture to Twitter, including, “Objective full,” with a test mark.
Earlier Sunday, she tweeted: “As we speak’s objective. Get my helmet signed by Trump.”
That earlier tweet acquired the eye of Donald Trump Jr., who responded: “DM me… I’ll know somebody.”
Deegan proudly held her helmet as she posed for the picture. She was not slated to drive in Sunday’s race.
Deegan made her inventory automotive debut at Daytona earlier this month, ending second to Michael Self within the ARCA Collection season opener on Feb. 8.
President Trump spoke forward of the Daytona 500, calling it “the legendary show of roaring engines, hovering spirits and the American ability, pace and energy that we have been listening to about for thus a few years.” He later gave the command, “Gents, begin your engines,” and rode for a lap within the presidential limo often known as “The Beast” earlier than the race acquired underway.
When requested about her rising profile in NASCAR, Deegan stated earlier this month: “I believe there’s that side of being a lady that does assist. However, when you get within the automotive, it do not matter. Nobody is aware of. More often than not I’ve probably the most aggressive-looking, guy-looking automotive on the monitor.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.