“Exactly the Same” – Hailie Deegan Highlights Accuracy of Simulator That Prepared Her for Kansas Truck Race

Published 01/04/2021, 9:30 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 08: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #4 Monster Energy Ford, looks prior to the ARCA Menards Series Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


Hailie Deegan marked a milestone in her relatively young career when she raced in the 2020 Trucks Series race at Kansas. With the nervousness and excitement surrounding her debut, she ultimately crossed the finish line to come home in sixteenth in the race.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Speaking to the podcast ‘MRN Crew Call,’ Deegan talked about her experience with the simulator that helped her prepare for the big race. In doing so, she also detailed the accuracy and how some finer aspects ultimately helped her out on the main occasion.

She said, “Yes, and I think that’s something that I really value in the simulator is once we got the truck…started out a little loose, wasn’t expecting that. And so we didn’t really know what to expect with the track conditions.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Hailie Deegan mentioned the track markers in the simulator were realistic

“It’s constantly changing, what you run early in the year cannot be what you run later in the year. Just because of how the track is, what’s ran before on there, the wind, how dirty the track is. If it’s night or daytime, temperatures, and so there’s so many factors that go into that.”

ROSEVILLE, CA – OCTOBER 13: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #19 Mobil 1/NAPA Power Premium Plus Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West NAPA AutoCare/Roseville Toyota 200 at All American Speedway in Roseville, California. (Photo by Austin Ginn/Getty Images)

Technology has come a long way in helping racing drivers get a near-realistic feel of their surroundings during motorsport events. Moreover, the DGR-Crosley operator said that the markers in simulation practice and during the race were exactly the same.

“So we weren’t really expecting the truck to be as loose as it was but after that first stage, all those markers on the track I was practicing in the simulator were realistic. Once I started running the top groove length four, all my markers were exactly the same as they were in the simulator.”

The California native will be prepping for an eventful 2021 Truck Series season

“So as soon as I got up there, I saw the hash marks on the track and everything little white lines on the top groove. And I was able to pick up the gas and get off the gas at the same exact time as I did on the simulator,” concluded Deegan.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 17: Hailie Deegan, driver of the #17 FORD Ford, drives during the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Clean Harbors 200at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The challenge now only increases for Deegan, as she makes the full-time move to the Truck division. Driving in 23 events this year, she now has to adapt and learn the elements concerning different racetracks over the course of the season.

Hailie has definitely shown promise, which is what has gotten her to this stage. Now going forward, it will be fascinating to watch if the simulator can be of much greater and consistent help to her.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

“So Exciting”- Hailie Deegan Opens Up on Her Full-time NASCAR Truck Debut in 2021 and Development Phase

6 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Bhargav Gopal

927 articles

Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT