Hailie Deegan is part of the Ford driver development team and will make her official debut in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Daytona International Speedway. The Ford Mustang GT4 that Deegan will be driving during the event is wearing a very cool throwback racing livery. The throwback livery is meant to be a modern interpretation of the red, white, and blue paint scheme driven by Lyn St. James in 1985 when she captured three victories, including the first IMSA GT win by a woman driving solo.
Deegan says that she can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Mustang, noting that she was already excited about it being her first race and now knowing that she’s going to be driving a car with the throwback livery, she’s even more excited. Deegan will be co-driving with Chase Briscoe in the four-hour race.
Briscoe said that he thinks it’s “really cool” that Ford Performance has chosen to honor its racing legacy with a throwback livery. He says he is excited to be part of the race. Lyn St. James says that she is delighted Ford is doing the throwback scheme and notes that the 1985 season was an important part of her career. During her career, she captured six IMSA GTO wins, all with Ford, including two GTO class wins in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
St. James competed in IndyCar, including seven starts at the Indianapolis 500, and has been an ambassador for women in sports, particularly auto racing. Deegan and Briscoe will climb behind the wheel of their Mustang GT4 on Friday, January 24th.