Hailie Deegan, the 18-year-old driver deemed “NASCAR’s Subsequent Large Celebrity,” posed for a photograph she’ll possible bear in mind for the remainder of her life, standing subsequent to President Trump and first girl Melania Trump on the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Deegan and the Trumps had been all smiles forward of the race in Florida. The motive force posted the picture to Twitter, including, “Purpose full,” with a examine mark.
Earlier Sunday, she tweeted: “Right now’s objective. Get my helmet signed by Trump.”
That earlier tweet obtained the eye of Donald Trump Jr., who responded: “DM me… I could 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 therefore a few years.” He later gave the command, “Gents, begin your engines,” and rode for a lap within the presidential limo often called “The Beast” earlier than the race obtained underway.
When requested about her rising profile in NASCAR, Deegan mentioned earlier this month: “I feel there’s that facet of being a woman that does assist. However, when you get within the automotive, it do not matter. Nobody is aware of. More often than not I’ve essentially the most aggressive-looking, guy-looking automotive on the observe.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.