President Trump will attend Daytona 500 as grand marshal

by Daniel Payne · Feb 14th, 2020 2:44 pm

Last Updated Feb 14th, 2020 at 5:50 pm

President Trump will attend the Daytona 500 on Sunday, one of numerous presidents to attend the yearly sporting event dubbed the "Great American Race." He will be the first president named as the grand marshal, though — the person responsible for kicking off the action by saying, "Gentlemen, start your engines."

The race, which takes place in Daytona Beach, Florida, will also be host to First Lady Melania Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Ahead of the event, the Secret Service declared a 30-mile "No Drone Zone" around the venue.

🔦 The Daytona 500 has been raced, under various names, for more than 60 years. A 500-mile circuit played out across three stages, it is among the most popular sporting events in the country.