President Trump named 2020 Daytona 500 Grand Marshal, will give ‘start your engines’ command! President Trump will be apart this year’s Daytona 500.
He will serve as the grand marshal, not as a driver, which means he gets to give the command “start your engines” to the 43 entrants in The Great American Race.
George W. Bush is the only other time a sitting president attended the race as grand marshal back in 2004, the year Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first 500.
Earnhardt Jr. was grand marshal two years ago and this Sunday will be on the stand to wave the green flag as honorary starter.
Former NASCAR CEO Brian France Jr. endorsed Trump back in 2016, while Trump has hosted series champions Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. at the White House. The 45th President has also gave NASCAR team owner Roger Penske the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year.
And while the president won’t be driving on the track, his name will. It Just won’t be on Sunday.
Joe Nemechek drove a Mike Harmon Racing car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday night, which was sponsored by the Patriots PAC of America, that had Trump/Pence 2020 logos on it.
Fox News Channel’s John Roberts reported Friday evening that the White House has confirmed that President Trump will take a lap on the track in the presidential limousine, known as the Beast, before the race.
SCOOP: Multiple Sources tell @FoxNews that @realDonaldTrump is planning to take a lap at the @DISupdates Daytona International Speedway in the “Beast” presidential limo ahead of the Daytona 500. It’s not 100%, but that is the plan at the moment.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) February 15, 2020