The staging is spectacular. On Sunday, during a lap of honor, Donald Trump, his wife Melania and the armored cars of the presidential convoy outpaced forty drivers before the departure of the legendary 500 miles from Daytona, nicknamed the "NASCAR Super Bowl" . A first for an American president, even if George W. Bush had attended the race in 2004.
WATCH: President Trump takes a lap in the presidential limousine before the start of the Daytona 500. https://t.co/P5DI1a1KYC pic.twitter.com/9KE12mB9Yf- CBS News (@CBSNews) February 16, 2020
Before he took his seat on "The Beast", the small name of the presidential limousine, Donald Trump could see his popularity with NASCAR fans, some of the spectators having even chanted "Four more years!" Four more years! With reference to the November polls. A much warmer welcome than when he attended last October's World Series baseball in Washington.
The race will take place… Monday
"To all the drivers and mechanics, good luck to you and have the best team win," said Trump before the start of the race. The American president, officiating as "grand marshal", has also bent to tradition by ordering the pilots: "Gentlemen, start your engines! "
“GENTLEMAN, START YOUR ENGINES.” President Trump gives the start of the 62nd # Daytona500 pic.twitter.com/795VOuTO31- Kheire Meirane Amare (@k_meiraneamare) February 16, 2020
The presence of Donald Trump did not bring luck to the NASCAR pilots. The start was first delayed by rain before the race was postponed outright. It will finally take place this Monday afternoon on the International Speedway in Daytona. This time, "The Beast" will not be there.