Hailie Deegan takes next step in development as she joins Ford program

first_img“No strong dates as to how much time at each level. We want to make sure and Hailie wants to make sure, her team wants to make sure, she progresses to the levels when she’s ready to ensure success at each step.”Deegan’s first formal time behind the Ford steering wheel will come at the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 3, 2020 — the traditional three-day test session for the Jan. 25-26 IMSA season-opening Rolex 24 sports car race weekend. Deegan will make her sports car debut on Friday, Jan. 25 with teammate Briscoe in the Michelin Pilot Challenge.Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Hailie Deegan, one of NASCAR’s most-talked about young talents, was formally introduced this week as a new Ford development driver. For the 2020 racing season, the 18-year old Californian will drive a Ford for the respected DGR-Crosley race team full time in the ARCA Menards Series and she will also compete in selected events for Ford’s Multimatic Motorsports team in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.It’s a major announcement for Ford and for Deegan, who in 2018 became the first woman to win a race in the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (now known as the ARCA Menards Series West). She added two more victories in the series in 2019, earning three pole positions, eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 14 starts en route to a third-place finish in the championship. In six ARCA Menards Series starts last year, Deegan earned a best finish of fifth at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Raceway.WATCH: Hailie Deegan: Win everything”Hailie has shown in her brief time behind the wheel of a stock car that she’s got what it takes to be successful,” Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, said at Tuesday’s formal announcement in Concord, N.C.”Our goal is to put her on a path to realize our shared goal of winning championships and part of that is gaining experience on tracks such as road courses and superspeedways. We feel this year will serve as a good foundation for what lies ahead.”That foundation will include an assortment of IMSA races in addition to the full 20-race ARCA schedule. Rushbrook reiterated to the gathered media Tuesday that the plan is to bring Deegan up to speed, slowly and steadily. In recent seasons Ford has fostered the burgeoning careers of young drivers such as Cole Custer, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe.Deegan said she appreciated the measured approach.”I think it’s really important because, at the end of the day, as a driver, you pretty much have one reputation chance,” said Deegan, who will drive the No. 4 Monster Energy Ford in the ARCA ranks. “When you blow it, when you don’t do good, that kind of sits with you. It’s hard to get rid of that.MORE: Who won the NASCAR Cup championship 2019?”I think it’s definitely important for me and the people who support me and are coming with me along the journey that we want to have success where we go. When we move up to the next level, we want to make sure we do it at the right time and I’m ready for it and they’re ready to take the step.”I think we’re definitely taking the right route and process. If we can stick to what we’re doing, stick to the game plan, it should be good.”Deegan has contested her early stock car career in Toyota equipment, and although she’s grateful for the opportunities it presented, she said she felt this alliance with Ford would be beneficial long term with increased opportunity. She noted often Tuesday that her family has a long relationship with the manufacturer. Her father, Brian Deegan, won a gold medal in the 2011 X Games driving a Ford Fiesta in the Global Rallycross Championship.”I think it gives me the confidence to know that we made the right decision, confident in my future and my development just because we’re all on the same page,” Deegan said. “Especially with them starting this kind of lower-level development where they had Chase Briscoe, Cindric, all the guys coming through the higher ranks, now they’re kind of stepping into the ARCA Series.”It gives me a lot more confidence to know we’re doing the right thing when you have a lot more focus on you.”She added, “Over here, there’s a lot more focus and a lot clearer path on what they’re trying to do with their development drivers, their drivers coming through the ranks, having enough seats for them.”As for her pace, Rushbrook indicated there was no rush to get Deegan into one of NASCAR’s three national series until she was legitimately ready.”No comment on the length of the contract or even the progression,” Rushbrook said. “I think the great thing has been since the very first conversation that we want to see Hailie succeed and take the steps when the timing is right. I’ve got a lot of confidence that will go through in these coming years all the way to the Cup level.last_img read more

3 Forest Fires in around FSJ

first_imgThe BC Forest Service is reporting 3 Fires around the Fort St. John area today.All three of the fires are less than a hectare in size with no fire crews actioning those fires. Two were started by ligthning last night, the other was started by a camp fire. As for the fire up at Tommy Lakes the Rhino Fire Crew from Fort St. John is working the fire that is 14.4 hectares in size. The fire is completely contained and has received some rain in the last few days.The BC Forest Service is once again reminding the public the Fire Danger Rating here in the North Peace is High to Extreme. Due to continued risk of lightning the BC Forest Service reminds the public to use extreme caution when lighting any fires. Human caused fires divert critical resources from naturally occurring fires caused by lightning.- Advertisement -To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca, or call our information line 1-888-3FOREST (1-888-336-7378).last_img read more

New prehistoric and Classical Era discoveries unearthed on Greek islands

first_imgGreece’s Ministry of Culture announced on Friday that two important discoveries have been unearthed on Evia and Tinos islands with the support of the Institute for Aegean History (INSTAP) and the University of Athens respectively.Following a two-year excavation near the town of Karystos on Evia (Euboea) an important prehistoric settlement dated mainly to the Late Neolithic Age was discovered.ALSO READ: Five major ancient shipwrecks discovered off small Greek island in the AegeanThe settlement presents evidence of habitation and use both during the Late Neolithic and in the beginning stages of the Early Bronze Age, while it is believed to be able to provide valuable information to archaeologists about the details of human life and the technology used during that time.Parts of the foundations for the walls that were unearthed near Karystos, on Euboea. Photo: Greek Ministry of Culture and SportsAccording to the report the buildings have stone walls, stone tables and desks, and there appears to be an oven alongside an array of portable objects. The excavation team, whose project is funded by the Norwegian Institute of Athens, has uncovered two clay anthropomorphic figurines, several polished and cut-stone tools, artifacts made of different types of stone as well as human and animal bones.Tiled roof of the 5th century. B.C. Photo: Greek Ministry of Culture and SportsMeanwhile, a grave steles site dated back to the Classical Years were discovered during another excavation conducted at a Classical era cemetery in Xobourgo on the island of Tinos.The steles are considered to be of high importance as they will provide information on the classical sculpture history of the island. These high quality works, several still intact, are the link between the history of ancient sculpture and the tradition of modern Tinos sculpture.Grave stele depicting a man with his slave (4th century BC) Photo: Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports“The cemetery is situated at the southeastern foothills of Xobourgo and was the main cemetery of ancient settlement that developed in the Classical era,” the Greek Culture Ministry’s announcement wrote.“The settlement, established just before 1,000 BC, was surrounded by huge walls and was initially used as ‘refuge settlement’. Later, it developed into the most important settlement of Tinos which constituted the main economic and political centre of the island until its abandonment at the end of the 4th century BC.”ALSO READ: The ancient past of Peristeri will soon be open for exploration! Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more