President Trump Takes Over as DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshal

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – President Donald Trump is coming to the Super Bowl of racing.

It was announced this week that President Trump will attend the now sold-out 62nd DAYTONA 500 at the DAYTONA International Speedway Sunday, February 16, 2020 to give the prestigious call that kicks off the NASCAR racing season: “Drivers! Start your engines!”

“The DAYTONA 500 is one of the greatest events in sports and the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Cup Series,” said Chip Wile in a written statement Thursday. “Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting Presidents of the United States over our history. 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.”

The President won’t be the only VIP in attendance. DAYTONA 500 draws world-renowned talent every year–within and outside of the racing world–and this year is no exception. Darius Rucker will bring the Pre-Race Show, fellow country star Cole Swindell will also perform, two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be this year’s Honorary Starter, four-time WWE champion Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly) will be the Honorary Pace Car Driver, and five-time DAYTONA Supercross Champion (and 13-year Supercross track designer) Ricky Carmichael will be the Honorary Race Official.

Additionally, with this being two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Jimmy Johnson‘s final racing season (and final DAYTONA 500) before he retires, fans will witness a special ceremony honoring his racing career.

Expect this year’s race to have an extra urgency with a whopping $23.6 million purse–the largest in American motorsports history.

The big race doesn’t begin until 2:30pm, but the DAYTONA International Speedway will be buzzing with 165,000 people from the moment the gates open at 8am.

Stay tuned to for full coverage of the 62nd DAYTONA 500, and next year’s tickets are already on sale–the earliest the following year’s tickets have ever been available in DAYTONA 500 history–starting at $99.00.


Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. |

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