Hailie Deegan joins MotoCar Fite Klub 2.0 alongside father Brian Deegan and Jeremy McGrath

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Hailie Deegan will be a part of MotoCar Fite Klub 2.0 and take on father Brian Deegan and the defending winner of the inaugural Fite Klub, Jeremy McGrath on Thursday, October 7, at Travelers Rest (S.C.) Speedway.

Joining them will be other legends of motorcycle racing, including Chad Reed, Justin Brayton and Grant Langston with additional drivers to be named shortly.

This is the second edition of the celebrity match race. In February, McGrath, Reed, Brayton and Brian Deegan raced on this same track as they traded two wheels for four in a seven-car field. McGrath emerged victorious and the pay-per-view format was successful enough to warrant a sequel.

McGrath is one of several championship riders in the event. With seven Supercross titles to his credit, winning is second nature.

Last year, Reed finished second to McGrath in the Fite Klub Main event. He has two Supercross titles.

Brayton is a four-time Australian Supercross champ and Brian Deegan is a 16-time X-Games Gold Medalist.

Fite Klub is also branching out slightly and adding a race-within-the-race as the Deegan family will battle for bragging rights between father and daughter.

Currently competing fulltime in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Hailie Deegan will be another focus of attention as she continues to add to her resume of racing disciplines. This is not the first time she has competed in identically prepared stockers after racing in Tony Stewart’s Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) summer series, including the season finale at Nashville Superspeedway.

One of her SRX races was on dirt at Knoxville (Iowa) Speedway when she finished second to Stewart. She won a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway dirt track in 2019.

Haiden Deegan, brother to Hailie and son of Brian, will compete in a newly created industry class that also features motocross journalists.

“As we move forward with this great event once again we will continue to build on the success of our first race,” said Rob Buydos, MotoCar FITE Klub event organizer in a release. “This elite class of athletes will put on a great race for live event fans and those tuning in through the FITE app.”

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.