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World Trump takes a limousine lap before Daytona 500 auto race

23:40  16 february  2020
23:40  16 february  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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The motorcade took roughly a quarter lap before pulling aside in an infield staging area. Asked what it was about NASCAR that he most enjoyed, the president said, ``I About 9 million people took in last year's race on television. Trump tweeted Sunday morning: “Getting ready to go to the Daytona 500 .

President Donald Trump took a lap around the track ahead of Sunday's Daytona 500 in Florida. Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts first reported Saturday that Trump was planning to take a lap before the race , where the president had previously been slated to serve as the Grand

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President Donald Trump took a loop around the Daytona 500 racetrack on Sunday in the presidential limousine known as "The Beast," drawing cheers from fans at NASCAR'S most prestigious race.  

Ramping up his nationwide re-election effort after his acquittal in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial, Trump served as the grand marshal at the annual National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing event, which takes place in the electoral swing state of Florida.

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Trump will also be the Grand Marshall for the Daytona 500 , delivering the opening line – “Drivers, start your engines” – in front of a 100,000 crowd at the biggest event in the Nascar motor racing calendar. It will be a very political engagement. Many in Trump ’s conservative base are Nascar fans and Florida

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump will test his racing skills in the political swing state of Florida on Sunday with a lap in his presidential limousine "the Beast" at the Daytona 500 , NASCAR's The president is expected to take a literal lap around the racetrack and deliver the opening line: "Drivers

a group of people standing next to a fence: NASCAR: Daytona 500 © Reuters/Peter Casey NASCAR: Daytona 500

After his motorcade made its way around part of the track, Trump took a break to take pictures with supporters. After being driven a full lap in the limo before the race began, Trump delivered the opening line: "Gentlemen, start your engines" at the Daytona International Speedway before a crowd of 100,000.

a group of people crossing a street in front of a store: NASCAR: Daytona 500 © Reuters/Peter Casey NASCAR: Daytona 500

"We love our country and it's truly an honour to be with you," the Republican president told cheering supporters, some of whom shouted "Four more years."

Trump's campaign is taking advantage of the president's appearance to fly an aerial banner near the speedway and run a television ad during the Fox broadcast of the race.

Donald Trump in a suit and tie: NASCAR: Daytona 500 © Reuters/Peter Casey NASCAR: Daytona 500

"NASCAR fans are patriots who support the president in huge numbers, so we definitely wanted to communicate directly with them about Keeping America Great during the Great American Race," 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.

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President Trump and Melania Trump arriving at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida on Sunday Serving as the grand marshal for the kickoff race of the NASCAR season, Mr. Trump arrived at the He called it a moment of “pure American glory” and said “the cars will take to the tracks, the

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made a spectacular entry at the Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. Trump ’s full motorcade, including the presidential limousine , “The Beast,” then entered the track via the speedway, making roughly a quarter lap before pulling aside in an

Previous presidents who attended NASCAR events at the speedway include Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

a person holding a sign: NASCAR: Daytona 500 © Reuters/Peter Casey NASCAR: Daytona 500 Florida is one of a handful of U.S. states that swing between Democrats and Republicans in presidential elections. Trump won the state, where he has golf courses and a home that is now considered his primary residence, in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump plans a fundraising swing and political rallies in Western states this week. He spent the weekend at his resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall, Daniel Wallis and Peter Cooney)

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