Trump made a grand entrance before the start of the race.
"Right now, if I can, I'm gonna hop into one of these cars and I'm gonna get into this race, if possible", he said. "I love the idea". Then-President George W. Bush attended in 2004.
The motorcade entered the track at 1:27 p.m., making roughly a quarter lap before pulling aside. "We're honored that the President of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of "The Great American Race" by attending Sunday's 62nd annual Daytona 500".
"For 500 heart-pounding miles these fierce competitors will chase the checkered flag. and make their play for pure American glory, and that's what it is, pure American glory, " Trump said before the race.
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"We've been very fortunate in the last eight to 10 years to be in contention for a lot of these Daytona 500s", Hamlin said of his team Wednesday at Daytona 500 media day. The tens of thousands of patriots here today have come for the fast cars and the world-class motorsports. John Roberts reported that Trump will take a run in the race in the "Beast, quot;, the presidential limousine".
Johnson will start sixth in his 19th Daytona 500.
The trip is another demonstration of Trump's willingness to campaign not just in conservative strongholds but in states that lean Democratic, particularly Colorado, where Republican Sen. In an interesting concept that is simply not followed by any other professional sport in North America, in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (better known as NASCAR), the biggest race of the year takes place at the beginning of their season rather than the end. About 100,000 people are expected to attend this year's race and millions more will watch on television.