US President Donald Trump drove a lap around the Daytona 500 circuit in his presidential limousine on Sunday and delighted fans at NASCAR's most prestigious race shortly after taking a dramatic flyby on Air Force One.
Trump stepped up his nationwide reelection efforts following his impeachment impeachment lawsuit against the U.S. Senate and was Grand Marshal at the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing's annual event in the campaigning state of Florida.
Trump, a former reality television star with a penchant for show style, landed on Air Force One near Daytona International Speedway. He was then driven directly to the racetrack in the presidential limousine known as "The Beast" along with the rest of his convoy.
After meeting people on the speedway and making brief comments, Trump started the race by announcing to the drivers: "Gentlemen, start your engines!"
The engines turned and Trump got back in the limousine with his wife Melania for a lap on the track, followed by the racing cars. Some fans sang "Another Four Years" while Trump was there.
Trump's campaign planned to take advantage of the president's appearance by flying an air banner near the speedway and running a television ad during the Fox show.
Shortly after the start, the race was postponed to Monday due to rainy weather.
Former presidents who attended NASCAR events on the Speedway included Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and George W. Bush.
Florida is one of the few U.S. states that fluctuate between Democrats and Republicans in presidential elections. Trump won the state where he has golf courses and a home that is now his main residence in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Trump is planning a fundraiser and political rallies in western states this week. He spent the weekend at his Palm Beach, Florida resort before going to Daytona.
He later returned to Washington to marry top aide and immigration hardliner Stephen Miller with Vice President Mike Pence spokeswoman Katie Waldman at the Trump International Hotel near the White House.
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