DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, USA (AP) – President Donald Trump welcomed NASCAR and his fans on Sunday in the election year when he was the second president in history to take part in the Daytona 500 race.
After receiving the honor of instructing the pilots to start their engines, Trump triumphed before the start of the race. He flew over the stadium on an Air Force One plane and then reached the runway in the presidential caravan while the audience cheered with excitement. The caravan traveled about a quarter of the way before stepping aside in the preparation area.
President George W. Bush also appeared in the race during his re-election year.
Trump’s re-election campaign was planning to make an announcement during Fox’s broadcast of the race and fly an air banner on the racetrack. Around 100,000 people were expected to participate in this year’s race, and millions more will be seen on TV. Around 9 million people saw the race on television last year.
“It’s going to be great going to the Daytona 500!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning.