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UPDATED: Trump Serves as Grand Marshal, Takes “The Beast” for a Lap at Daytona 500


President Trump took a lap in his presidential limousine, “The Beast,” around the Daytona International Speedway track Sunday afternoon.

He is serving as grand marshal of this year’s NASCAR 500.

Thousands of spectators cheered as Air Force One performed a flyover before landing at Daytona International Airport, just a few hundred yards behind the track. Trump’s motorcade arrived a few minutes later.

After completing his lap, the commander-in-chief gave that famous command, “Gentlemen, start your engines!,” to this year’s drivers.

The President, who is being accompanied by Melania for the weekend to Florida, Trump is expected to begin a Western state swing on Sunday evening to rallies planned in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Colorado Springs, Colorado.



President Trump is certainly making the most of his weekend in the Sunshine State.

On Sunday, the commander-in-chief plans to take “The Beast,” as his presidential limousine is nicknamed, for a lap around the Daytona International Speedway track.

NASCAR announced Friday that he will serve as grand marshal of the annual Daytona 500, making him the first president to have that role.

Trump has hosted series champs at the White House in the past and awarded NASCAR team owner Roger Penske the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The limo is a Cadillac built atop a heavy-duty truck chassis.

On Saturday evening, Trump attended a fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort that was expected to raise $10 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee.

It is said to be his most expensive fundraiser ever, with invitations going only to donors who gave $580,600 per couple, according to The Washington Post.

The President began his Saturday reflecting on his recent impeachment acquittal, tweeting:

He then headed to his Trump International Golf Club, where he remained until about 3 p.m.