Trump’s reelection project goes pedal to the metal at Daytona 500

Trump’s reelection project goes pedal to the metal at Daytona 500

” NASCAR fans are patriots who support the President in substantial numbers, so we certainly wanted to communicate directly with them about Keeping America Great throughout the Great American Race,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, stated in a statement.

Both Trump and the campaign are acutely aware of the importance of keeping the support of both NASCAR fans and Florida voters.

Prior to Trump even stepped foot inside the enormous racetrack, he got the attention of the sold-out stadium with an Air Force One fly-by.

” NASCAR fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, household and country,” Trump stated in remarks to fans before the race, repeating a line he has actually utilized before at the White House. “Tires will screech, rubber will burn, fans will yell, and the great American race will begin …[drivers will] make their play for pure American magnificence.”

Then he provided among the most popular lines in sports, “Chauffeurs, start your engines!” to roaring motors and cheers from the crowd, starting the Super Bowl of stock-car racing with a dramatic screen of patriotic pomp.

Trump likewise flaunted his own elegant piece of machinery– the governmental limousine referred to as “the Monster,” with a lap on Daytona’s track. While it clocked in at a much slower speed than the other high carrying out automobiles that later followed, the circuit was still met roaring applause by the arena.

Trump was courted by Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), who represents the location in Congress, to be the very first sitting president to work as Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500 and the 62 nd running of “The Terrific American Race”– an unique honor with the well known duty of providing the “begin your engines” command.

In a call with the president, Waltz said he advised Trump that the event’s presence of over 101,500 cheering fans would be more than double that of the NCAA championship game video game he went to in January. Over 9 million audiences tuned in to see the Daytona 500 on television in 2019.

” I informed him how all-American it is, and patriotic,” Waltz informed POLITICO at Daytona. He said the president was delighted about the possibility of taking a lap with the Beast.

” We were talking about taking the limousine on a lap around the track and he stated that would be fantastic,” Waltz stated.

Recent grand marshals for the race have included the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt, NASCAR chauffeur Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Hollywood stars like Owen Wilson, Gerard Butler, and Vince Vaughn.

The president, who calls himself a fan of the sport, has charmed NASCAR owners and chauffeurs as president. Throughout his 2016 presidential run, Trump was backed by former NASCAR CEO Robert France, he granted Roger Penske the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019 and hosted 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano at the White House.

” NASCAR is not just an awesome screen of skill and power, however an event of the American spirit,” Trump said during Logano’s 2018 visit. “No matter who wins the race, you always remember what matters most: God, household, and nation.”

Ronald Reagan was the first sitting president to attend a Daytona International Speedway race in 1984, throughout Richard Petty’s 200 th Cup Series win at the Firecracker400 George H.W. Bush attended the Pepsi 400 in 1992, and George W. Bush, like Trump, had a remarkable arrival at the Daytona 500 in 2004 with an Air Force One fly-by and lap around the track in his motorcade. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race that year.

” Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have actually hosted several sitting Presidents of the United States over our history,” track president Chip Wile said in a statement. “We’re honored that the President of the United States has actually selected to experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Excellent American Race’ by going to Sunday’s 62 nd annual Daytona 500.”

According to a NASCAR representative, it’s the fifth successive sold-out year of the race.

Gary Fineout contributed to this report.

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