In Election Year, Trump Attends The Daytona 500 Race

February 16, 2020 GMT

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, USA (AP) – President Donald Trump welcomed NASCAR and his fans on election year on Sunday as he became the second president in history to attend the Daytona 500 race.


After receiving the honor of instructing the pilots to start their engines, Trump made a triumphal entry before the start of the race. He flew over the stadium on the Air Force One plane and then reached the runway in the presidential caravan while the audience cheered with emotion. The caravan toured approximately a quarter of the circuit before standing aside in the preparation area.

President George W. Bush also appeared in the race during his re-election year.

Trump’s re-election campaign planned to pass an announcement during Fox’s broadcast of the race and fly an aerial banner on the circuit. Approximately 100,000 people were expected to attend this year’s race and millions more will watch on television. Some 9 million people watched the race last year on television.

“Getting ready to go to the Daytona 500. It will be GREAT!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.