The First Couple arrived at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday to attend to Daytona 500, NASCAR’s most prestigious race.
Donald Trump came in hot with a dramatic, low Air Force One flyover of the Daytona International Speedway, where around 100,000 fans are gathered for the annual race. The flyover was aired live.
He took his campaign to the race to fire up voters in the swing state of Florida as he takes a lap around the race track in his presidential limousine ‘The Beast’ along with some of the other iconic presidential vehicles.
Trump is not the first Republican president to visit the Daytona 500, but he is the first to be named Grand Marshal of the event by NASCAR, and will iconically tell drivers to ‘start their engines.’
After the lap around the race track, Trump delivered a pre-race Grand Marshal Speech to the crowd and was joined on-stage by first lady Melania Trump.
‘The Daytona 500 is a legendary display of roaring engines, soaring spirits and the American skill, speed and power that we’ve been hearing about for so many years. The tens of thousands of patriots here today have come for the fast cars and the world-class motor sports. But NASCAR fans, never forget, that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family and country,’ he said to a cheering stadium.
At several points during the remarks, Melania smiled and clapped with the crowd.
The president spent much of his four-minute speech honoring gold star families, newly enlisted service members, those who currently serve in the military and veterans.
From the Victory Lane, Trump said drivers would compete to stand where he is as the winner will be presented with the Harley J. Earl Trophy, which he said was ‘pure American glory.’
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Source: Daily Mail