President Trump and First Lady Melania made a grand entrance aboard Air Force 1 at the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The presidential jet did a flyby at just 800 feet above the track. The crowd cheered and applauded as Air Force 1 descended.


President Trump and Melania then arrived at the stadium in the presidential limo nicknamed “The Beast.” The couple kicked off the event by driving a quarter lap around the track as 100,000 NASCAR fans cheered.


Chants of “USA! USA!” and “four more years!” could be heard when President Trump and the First Lady took to the stage.

Before announcing the Gold Star families, Trump - the Grand Marshal of the Daytona 500 - told the crowd, “NASCAR fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family, and country.”

“Rubber will burn, fans will scream and the great American race will begin,” the president announced. He wished the drivers good luck, and concluded with, “God bless America. Thank you.”


“Gentlemen, start your engines!” said Trump, who is the first president to ever give the official command to the drivers.

Hailie Dean announced on Twitter her goal for the day was to get her helmet signed by President Trump.

The 18-year-old race car driver achieved her goal with some help from Don Jr, and posed for pictures with the president and the first lady.

NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer had nothing but nice things to say about President Trump.

“Not going to lie, I had no idea what to expect. The man walked in shook all our hands, took selfies, and whatever we asked of him. I judge people on how they treat me and others I’m with, and that’s why I really appreciated meeting @POTUS. thanks for coming to #DAYTONA500,” tweeted Bowyer.