Hailie Deegan, No. 1 Monster Energy Ford F-150
- Deegan makes her ninth start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in the No. 1 Monster Energy F-150 on Saturday afternoon at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
- A few weeks ago, Deegan participated in the Skip Barber Racing School at the 20-turn track to get a feel for the layout in a Ford Mustang GT before hitting the track this weekend in the Truck Series.
- Deegan’s only previous road course start this season was at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course in February. The Ford driver started 23rd and finished 28th after late-race contact forced Deegan to make an unscheduled pit stop to repair damage.
- The most recent Truck Series race was two weeks ago at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Deegan started 10th and ran in the top-10, but ultimately finished 20th after several late-race cautions resulted in a damaged F-150.
- This weekend is the first time the Truck Series has had practice since the Dirt Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway at the end of March.
- Click here for Deegan’s career statistics.
Tanner Gray, No. 15 Ford Performance F-150
- Gray makes his ninth start of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on Saturday at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
- Like much of the field, Saturday will be the first race of any kind at COTA for the 21-year-old driver. He has two previous road course starts in the Truck Series, both coming at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Road Course.
- Gray joined his teammate Hailie Deegan at COTA for the Skip Barber Racing School in late April to learn the 3.426-mile road course behind the wheel of a Mustang GT in advance of this weekend’s event.
- The Ford Performance driver currently sits 18th in the series standings with seven races remaining until the playoffs begin. His best finish remains a 12th-place run at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in March.
- Click here for Gray’s career statistics.
Gray on COTA:
“COTA is a super tough and technical track to drive. It was really helpful to be able to attend the Skip Barber Racing School down there and see the track beforehand. I think anything you can do to familiarize yourself with the track since there are so many corners is going to pay off. I was able to work with Mike Stillwagon who has helped me before, so it was nice to work with him again to get prepared for Saturday.”
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