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Start your engines: President Trump, first lady coming to Daytona 500 this weekend

White House confirms POTUS, first lady to attend NASCAR event Sunday

President Donald Trump arrives at SNHU Arena for a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump arrives at SNHU Arena for a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are coming to Daytona Beach Sunday to attend the 62nd annual Daytona 500.

Officials with the White House said Trump and the first lady will be at the speedway Sunday for the biggest NASCAR event of the year.

“On Sunday, Feb. 16, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL, to attend the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season opener Daytona 500 race,” a statement from the White House said. “Their attendance will mark the first NASCAR race either have attended since the President’s inauguration. George W. Bush was the last sitting President to attend the Daytona 500 in 2004.”

Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said in a statement the speedway is honored to host the POTUS.

“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," Wile said. "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.”

Daytona Beach International spokeswoman Joanne Magley confirmed to News 6 Air Force One will land at the airport this weekend.

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued flight restrictions for area airports through the weekend due to the president’s visit.

The U.S. Secret Service also issued a “no drone zone” for 30 miles around the racetrack.

“Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines but not your drones,” a tweet from the Secret Service read Wednesday. “The Secret Service is securing the @NASCAR Daytona 500 by providing a 30 mile ‘No Drone Zone.’ Enjoy the race.”

A Trump 2020 car will be in one of the races this week at the Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona 500 is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Daytona International Speedway. Click here for everything you need to know about the Daytona 500 this year.

Trump is already scheduled to be in West Palm on Friday, according to a news release from the White House.


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