Hailie Deegan is taking the NASCAR world by storm as an up and coming driver, but she’s only 16 years old.
Deegan, who competes as a rookie in the regional NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, graduated from high school and received her diploma at Sonoma Raceway just hours before racing.
Most people cross a stage to receive a high school diploma.
They just don’t do it in a fire suit and immediately hop in a @NASCARHomeTrack race car to race. Congrats @HailieDeegan! ??#Carneros200 pic.twitter.com/YyQdRT92hW
— Sonoma Raceway (@RaceSonoma) June 23, 2018
She went on to place 3rd in qualifying and she finished the race in 7th.
Deegan, who turns 17 in July, has competed in six K&N Pro Series West races and finished in the top 10 of all of them. She drives the No. 19 Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing.