DAYTONA, Florida – U.S. President Donald Trump was named Grand Marshal of the 62nd annual Daytona 500 by Daytona International Speedway officials, Fox News reported.
As Grand Marshal, Trump will give the command, “Gentleman, start your engines!” at the beginning of the race set for Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 2:30 p.m.
The NASCAR race will be televised on the FOX network and radio broadcasted on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Daytona, Florida lies at the northern end of the pivotal I-4 corridor which historically has been the voting area to swing Presidental elections in the Sunshine State.
“The DAYTONA 500 is one of the greatest events in sports and the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Cup series. Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting Presidents of the United States over our history,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile wrote in a statement.
“We’re honored that the president of the United States has chosen to experience the pageantry and excitement of The Great American Race by attending Sunday’s 62nd annual DAYTONA 500.”
Statement from Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile regarding the visit of the President of the United States to the DAYTONA 500. pic.twitter.com/YvyHgv1HiW
— Daytona International Speedway (@DISupdates) February 13, 2020
Trump is the fourth sitting U.S. president to Grand Marshal the Daytona 500, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the newspaper of record for Daytona Beach, Florida.
George W. Bush, his father George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan were the other three presidents to Grand Marshall the Daytona 500.