Sunday, February 16, 2020

“Gentlemen, start your engines!” President Trump served as grand marshal of the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500.





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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ President Donald Trump thrilled NASCAR fans on Sunday, arriving to the Daytona 500 race in dramatic fashion with an Air Force One flyby ahead of the race. Air Force One flew by the track just 800 ft above the racetrack as cheering fans watched and chanted U-S-A!! Race fans cheered and shouted four more years as the president and first lady arrived at 2:50 p.m. The president thanked the “tens of thousands of patriots“ gathered at the Daytona International Speedway in a short speech before the race. “NASCAR fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family, country,” he said. The president welcomed Gold Star families as guests to the race, thanking their fallen loved ones for their service. “Rubber will burn, fans will scream and the great American race will begin,” Trump said. The president delivered the famous lines at the beginning of the race, shouting “Gentlemen start your engines!” to begin the race. The president also participated in an interview with FOX Sports before the race and said that he had attended NASCAR four times prior to his visit. “I think it’s really the bravery of these people … it takes great courage, it’s the speed, it’s really the technology, looking at what’s happened in the last ten years with the cars. I love to see it, I love to watch it,” he said when he was asked why he was a fan of the race. When asked if he would drive his own car on the track, Trump replied, “I think I’m going to right now, if I can, I’m going to hop in one of these cars and I’m going to get into this race if possible.” #nascar #daytona500

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽTrump takes The Beast for a drive at the #daytona500 !๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ President Donald Trump became only the second U.S. president to attend the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but he did so in style by taking “The Beast” presidential limo for a lap around the track head of this year’s race. With first lady Melania Trump sitting beside him, the president rode the 18-foot-long limo around the track as the race crews prepared to for one of the nation’s top auto races. “The Beast” limo is quite a machine. Weighing in at 22,000 pounds of armor and bullet proof glass, the 2-year-old limo is built on a Cadillac CT6 stretch sedan that seats seven. The car is built to deter any attacker. The $1.5 million armored car can spew a smokescreen and an oil slick in its wake to thwart chasing cars, not to mention firing tear gas to disperse attackers. It also has super wide, run-flat tires to rumble over and beyond road obstructions. In addition, the door handles are rigged to give an electric shock to unwanted intruders and he car is even equipped to send the nuclear launch codes if need be. There is also a refrigerated compartment carrying a supply of the president’s blood type and other medical and first aid necessities if the worst happens. “The Beast” was built by GM as part of a 12-car contract worth $15.8 million. This year, President Trump also issued the “start your engines” call and wished the drivers a safe and successful race. #nascar #daytona500

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