Trump's appearance at Daytona 500 may include a lap around the track in the presidential limo 'The Beast'
He will get to announce the traditional command for the competitors to "start your engines". The only president to attend before was George W. Bush who saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. win for the first time
President Donald Trump was named grand marshal of Sunday's Daytona 500 in Florida.
He will get to announce the traditional command for the competitors to "start your engines". He is also reportedly planning to ride around the Daytona International Speedway for a lap in his armored limousine 'The Beast' ahead of the race.
The details have not yet been finalized though preparations are underway, Fox News' John Roberts tweeted. Trump and his family flew to Florida this weekend and were seen coming down the steps of Air Force One after landing in Palm Beach.
As reported by Fox News, it'll mark the first time that a president has ever held the role in what NASCAR calls "The Great American Race". The only president to attend before was George W. Bush who saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. win the 500 for the first time.
According to Daily Mail, there were many signs that Trump was making a trip to the Florida speedway before the news was officially confirmed. The Federal Aviation Administration had issued a flight restriction for Sunday that indicated that Trump would be attending.
The US Secret Service also took to their Twitter to tell fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race -- which is another restriction that is put in place when the president visits. Trump's visit to Daytona is the latest in a series of outings to events where he can expect cheers.
His campaign is also taking full advantage of it by flying a banner near the speedway on the day the race takes place. People watching the race on TV will also witness Trump's re-election efforts as an ad titled 'New Heights' will also air during the race.
Trump will also be spending a part of the President's Day weekend at his private club in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. His visit to Daytona 500 continues his monthly tradition of attending a sporting event in order to get in front of as many people as possible.