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President Trump brought The Beast and Air Force One to Daytona Motor Speedway Sunday. Notice that NASCAR knows its customers and is not going to alienate them. So, NASCAR invited the president to be their grand marshal for the opening race of the 2020 season, the Daytona 500.
President Trump did a fly-by with Air Force One as the crowd waited for the beginning of the big race on Sunday, then rolled into the race track with his motorcade, stepping out of The Beast to greet the crowd and start the race, He and First Lady Melania Trump led the first warm-up lap in the presidential vehicle. The race was soon shut down, as a rainstorm came in, and will end up being run on Monday, Presidents Day.
After meeting people at the speedway and delivering brief remarks, Trump kicked off the race by announcing to the drivers: “Gentlemen, start your engines!”
Engines revved, and Trump got back into the limo with his wife, Melania, for a lap around the track, with the race cars following behind. Some fans chanted “Four more years” while Trump was there.
Trump’s campaign planned to take advantage of the president’s appearance by flying an aerial banner near the speedway and running a television ad during the Fox broadcast.
Shortly after starting, the race was postponed until Monday because of rainy weather.
Here is the flyby. You can hear “USA! USA! USA!”
President Trump kept the speech short and sweet, under four minutes. He honored our military, veterans, and families, especially calling out by name several Gold Star families in attendance. He also recognized a recent Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sergeant David Belavia, attending the race.
Here is the official Fox video of the race start:
WKMG News 6 had a very factual and fair report on their evening broadcast:
Considering Monday is Presidents Day, take a look at an AutoWeek article on presidential limos. The Henry Ford Museum, naturally, has an extensive exhibit on presidential limousines, including a good online presentation of the 1972 Lincoln Continental in which President Reagan rode.
Cheddar, an online infotainment channel, has a very nicely done short video on presidential motorcades: