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Start your engines! President Trump revs up Daytona 500

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The presidential limousine has pol position!
President Trump served as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500 Sunday, lapping the track in his Cadillac stretch limo before revving up the race car drivers alongside First Lady Melania.
“Gentlemen, start your engines!” the president roared at the Daytona International Speedway.
“It’s truly an honor to be with all of you at the great American race,” he told the thousands of cheering fans gathered for the first and biggest race of the season.
Trump is only the second president ever to attend the Daytona 500, after George W. Bush in 2004. Previous grand marshals include J.J Watt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Owen Wilson.
The commander in chief arrived around 1 p.m. with his full motorcade and his souped-up limo–known as “The Beast” — as Air Force One flew in low over the track, drawing cheers from the thousands of ticket holders.
Trump marveled at the event’s 40 drivers for their “bravery” after joking in an interview with Fox that he wanted to take a racecar for a spin.
“I’m going to hop into one of these cars and I’m going to get into this race if possible. I love the idea,” he said.
Even though he won’t be in a driver’s seat, the president had a presence at the race as rubber hit the road.
Driver Joe Nemecheck was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet sponsored by the conservative Patriots PAC of America, which featured Trump’s 2020 reelection election logo on the hood.
“The Daytona 500 is a legendary display,” Trump said, adding that “no matter who wins, what matters most is God, family and country” and thanking members of the armed forces.
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“Rubber will burn, fans will scream and the great American race will begin,” he declared, ending his remarks to chants of “USA, USA.”
About 100,000 people were expected to attend this year’s race and millions more were set to watch on TV.
Not long after Trump’s limo exited the track, rain began to fall and the start of the race was momentarily delayed.
Air Force One took off to take Trump home to Washington D.C. as drivers returned to their cars.

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