Awesome. Some folks will deride Trump’s style, but he is meeting Americans where they are – not just at political events and through the snobby media, but at NASCAR races, football games, and WWE events. This is part of Trump’s appeal.
(CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday welcomed NASCAR fans to the start of this year’s Daytona 500 with a lap around the Florida race track in his presidential limousine.
“There is no greater thrill than to join you at the world center of racing for the 62nd Daytona 500 — so exciting,” Trump said in opening remarks to the crowd.“To all of the drivers, technicians and pit crews here today, good luck and may the best team win. God bless you, God bless our military, God bless our veterans and God bless America. Have a great race.”Trump also thanked Gold Star families, who were in attendance at the race, “whose loved ones made the supreme sacrifice to honor our freedom and our flag.”“Your fallen warriors will live in our hearts forever,” he said, before thanking new military enlistees who “took a solemn oath to put their lives on the line for our country.”
A portion of the presidential motorcade took a lap around the track before pulling aside just before the start of the race. The first couple was riding the car known as “The Beast.”Trump also served as the Grand Marshal, commanding: “Gentlemen, start your engines.” He is the second American president to do so, behind George W. Bush who attended the Daytona 500 in 2004.Multiple people associated with NASCAR, manufacturers and race teams made versions of the same joke repeatedly over the past two days, saying that “it’s starting to feel more like a race is breaking out at a Trump rally than the other way around.”