President Donald Trump was the grand marshal for the Daytona 500 in Florida on Sunday, and what a grand entrance he and First Lady Melania Trump made.
After Air Force One buzzed the racetrack as low as 800 feet before landing nearby, the Trumps then did a lap around the track with the presidential motorcade, before getting out of the 22,000-pound presidential car to the music of “God bless the U.S.A..”
Trump spoke to the crowd of over 100,500 before announcing to the racers: “Start your engines.”
He was the first U.S. president to open the Daytona 500 and the second president, after George W. Bush, to attend the race. Unlike his experience at the Washington, D.C. game of the World Series in October, where he was booed, he was greeted with loud cheers and chants of “U.S.A.” in Daytona.