Brian Deegan
Brian Deegan TORC Pro Light World Champion Reaction.jpg
Deegan in 2011 after winning the Pro Light class at the 2011 Off-Road Racing World Championships
NationalityAmerican
Born (1974-05-09) May 9, 1974 (age 48)
Global Rallycross career
Debut season2011
Current teamChip Ganassi Racing
Car number38
Former teamsOlsbergs MSE
Starts42
Wins2
Podiums18
Best finish2nd in 2012
Finished last season10th
Medal record
Summer X Games
Representing  United States
Gold medal – first place 2003 Los Angeles Moto X Best Trick
Gold medal – first place 2011 Los Angeles RallyCross
Silver medal – second place 2010 Los Angeles Rally Car Racing
Silver medal – second place 2010 Los Angeles Rally Car Super Rally
Bronze medal – third place 1999 San Francisco Moto X Freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2000 San Francisco Moto X Step Up
Bronze medal – third place 2000 San Francisco Moto X Freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Philadelphia Moto X Best Trick
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Philadelphia Moto X Best Trick
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Philadelphia Moto X Step Up
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Los Angeles Moto X Freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Los Angeles Rally Car Racing
Winter X Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Aspen Moto X Best Trick
Gold medal – first place 2005 Aspen Moto X Best Trick
Gravity Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Providence Moto X Freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1999 Providence Moto X Freestyle

Brian Deegan (born May 9, 1974[1]) is an American professional freestyle motocross rider and racing driver.

Deegan was the first to do a twisting backflip 360 in competition. With a total of 10 medals (two golds and seven bronzes), he is the most decorated Freestyle Motocross rider in X Games history and the only rider to have competed in at least one event in every X Games.

A co-founder of the Metal Mulisha [1] clothing line, Deegan is one of the most recognizable names in action sports. He earned 10 XG medals in Moto X, before he made the transition to four wheels. In 2010, Deegan earned double silver in Racing and RallyCross. In 2011, he took RallyCross gold and came back to earn bronze in 2012.

Racing career

X Games 17 in Los Angeles

Deegan became a pro supercross rider with Team Moto XXX at age 17. In 1997 at the LA Coliseum, Deegan won the 125cc main and ghost rode his bike across the finish line. This was the beginning of what we know today as Freestyle Motocross.

In 2004, at the Winter X Games, Deegan crashed while attempting a twisting backflip 360 over a 100 ft snow double, breaking his femur and both wrists. He came back 6 months later to place fourth at the Summer X Games.

Switching to four wheels in 2009, Deegan ventured into short course off-road racing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series' Unlimited Lites division. He ultimately won the championship over more experienced off-road drivers.[2]

At the 2010 X Games, Deegan competed in the Rally Car event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He finished second behind Tanner Foust after making a wrong turn during the race. He also competed in Rally Car Super Rally, again finishing second behind Tanner Foust.

At X Games XVII, Deegan won gold in RallyCross.

In 2011, he won the World Championship race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in the Traxxas TORC Series. He also won the Pro Lite Unlimited and Pro 2 class championships in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. In addition, he represented the U.S. with teammate Travis Pastrana in the Race of Champions (ROC) competition held in Germany. ROC is an international competition that invites top drivers from around the world to compete in a series of different racing events.

In 2012, he debuted the Metal Mulisha Monster truck. Todd LeDuc officially debuted it at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas in January 2012. Deegan drove the truck in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field. Deegan also won his second championship in the Pro 2 class of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

Deegan raced an OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta in the Global RallyCross Championship, earning runner-up in 2012, fourth in 2013 and 12th in 2014. He also continued his Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series career, winning the Pro Light Unlimited championship in 2013 and the Pro 2 championship in 2014. In 2015, Deegan was hired by Chip Ganassi Racing to compete in seven Global Rallycross Championship races in an M-Sport Fiesta along with former professional motocross rider Jeff Ward.[3]

Media appearances

During a 2005 taping of MTV's Viva La Bam, Deegan under-rotated a back-flip and suffered a strong impact from the handle bars in his midsection, almost losing his life. He lost a kidney, lacerated his spleen, and lost a significant amount of blood. He now has a long scar down his stomach, that he calls his "zipper", spanning almost his entire abdomen, as a result of the accident. At the end of the episode when it originally aired, Bam dedicated it to Brian. The accident was cut out of the show.

In 2006, Deegan and Berkela films released a film entitled Disposable Hero that follows him through the struggles and rewards that accompany the freestyle motocross sport and lifestyle. Jesse James, Ronnie Faisst, Jeremy Stenberg, Cameron Steele, Chris Ackerman, Nate Adams, and Seth Enslow are a few of the featured cast that talk about Deegan and his life's journeys. The film aired on Spike TV on December 5, 2007.

Deegan performed stunts in the movie Fantastic Four.

He has been on the cover of Transworld MX and Racer X magazines and has been featured multiple times in FHM magazine.

Deegan was in the Game Boy Advance/Nintendo GameCube/PlayStation 2 video game Freekstyle. He also appeared in the 2000 game Supercross for the PlayStation.

In 2018, Deegan was the subject of the documentary Blood Line: The Life and Times of Brian Deegan.[4]

Other ventures

In addition to supporting riders, the Metal Mulisha has a clothing line and other related merchandise. Deegan also has a toy line called Hevy Hitters distributed in retail locations such as Walmart. Most recently he teamed up with Illektron to create Battlez FMX, a collectible card and dice game featuring Deegan, Todd Potter and Jeremy Lusk.

He is the former owner of the FMX park, the Compound, which he later sold to Nate Adams. At the 2007 X Games Deegan stated he sometimes regrets selling it.

Personal life

He has been married to Marissa Deegan since 2003. Together, they have three children: Hailie Deegan, who currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Truck Series; Haiden, who was recently signed to Team Star Yamaha as a amateur/pro rider; and Hudson, who competes in youth motocross.

Deegan became a born-again Christian after a near-fatal crash in 2005.[5]

Career highlights

  • 1997 Los Angeles Supercross 125cc – 1st place
  • 1999 World Freestyle Champ
  • 2000 Air MX Champ
  • 2000 Bluetorch Ride and Slide FMX Champ
  • 2003 Featured Rider on Tony Hawk tour
  • 2003 EXPN Rider of the year nominee
  • First to land a 360
  • 2004 ESPY award nominee
  • Hold the most medals in FMX X Games history: 10 medals
  • 2004 ESPN top 100 athlete of all sports
  • 2007 Winner Best Biography X Dance Action Sports Film Festival for Brian Deegan: Disposable Hero
  • 2009 Awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award At The Transworld Motocross Awards In Las Vegas.
  • 1 gold and 5 medals at the X Games rally events.
  • 2nd at the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship.
  • 4th at the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship.
  • 2009, 2011 and 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Lite Unlimited champion
  • 2011, 2012 and 2014 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 2 Unlimited champion
  • 2011 World Championship race winner in the Pro Light truck class
  • 2022 Summit Racing Freedom 500 race winner at the Freedom Factory

Racing record

Complete Global RallyCross Championship results

Supercar

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 GRC Points
2011 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta IRW1
IRW2
SEA1
SEA2
PIK1
3
PIK2
8
LA1
10
LA2
1
9th 54
2012 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta CHA
16
TEX
3
LA
3
LOU
3
LV
2
LVC
2
2nd 84
2013 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST BRA
5
MUN1
7
MUN2
9
LOU
3
BRI
3
IRW
7
ATL
6
CHA
2
LV
13
4th 106
2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta ST BAR
3
AUS
8
DC
NY
CHA
9
DAY
LA1
LA2
SEA
3
LV
9
12th 140
2015 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST FTA
DAY1
DAY2
MCAS
10
DET1
4
DET2
5
DC
LA1
6
LA2
2
BAR1
6
BAR2
9
LV
5
10th 229
2016 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST PHO1
3
PHO2
6
DAL
7
DAY1
2
DAY2
5
MCAS1
2
MCAS2dagger DC
4
AC
3
SEA
7
LA1
4
LA2
1
3rd 473

daggerRace cancelled.

References

  1. ^ a b "Brian Deegan." Notable Sports Figures. Ed. Dana R. Barnes. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Gale Biography In Context. Web. August 6, 2012. ISBN 9780787666286
  2. ^ "Brian Deegan Wins Off-Road Championship". Racer X Online. November 16, 2009. Archived from the original on November 20, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  3. ^ McFadin, Daniel (March 18, 2015). "Chip Ganassi Racing enters world of Global Rallycross". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  4. ^ ""Blood Line: The Life and Times of Brian Deegan" now available" (Press release). Racer X Online. October 16, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Higgins, Matt. "Some X Games Bad Boys Turn to the Bible". nytimes.com. Retrieved August 1, 2009.

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