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  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump landed at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday
  • Trump will be grand marshal of the Daytona 500 Sunday, meaning he will say 'start your engines!' to the drivers
  • The last president to attend the popular NASCAR race was George W. Bush in 2004
  • President Trump is in Florida for the long Presidents Day weekend holiday, spending time at his Mar-a-Lago resort
  • He's been going to sporting events at least once a month, including several prominent college football games


President Trump reportedly is planning to ride around the Daytona International Speedway for a lap in his armored limo The Beast before Sunday’s Daytona 500 race.
While the details have yet to be finalized, several individuals familiar with the plans say the preparations are underway, John Roberts of Fox News tweeted late on Friday.
Trump and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, flew to Florida this weekend. They were photographed descending the steps from Air Force One after landing in West Palm Beach, just a few miles from the Mar-a-Lago compound.
The president will head to Daytona Beach, Florida, some 220 miles north of his Palm Beach vacation getaway on Sunday.


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President Trump (right) and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday evening
The president will reportedly take a spin in his armored limo, The Beast, before Sunday's Daytona 500 race. The Beast is seen in front of Trump's hotel in Washington, DC, in April 2018


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The president will reportedly take a spin in his armored limo, The Beast, before Sunday's Daytona 500 race. The Beast is seen in front of Trump's hotel in Washington, DC, in April 2018
Plans are underway for The Beast to take a lap around Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida (seen above during a race on Thursday)


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Plans are underway for The Beast to take a lap around Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida (seen above during a race on Thursday)
John Roberts of Fox News reported on Friday that plans were afoot to have Trump ride in The Beast at the speedway

John Roberts of Fox News reported on Friday that plans were afoot to have Trump ride in The Beast at the speedway
Trump will become the first president ever to stay 'start your engines!' when he is installed as grand marshal of the Daytona 500.
He is breaking his Presidents Day weekend to travel from Mar-a-Lago up the Florida coast for the event.
But he will miss out on seeing his own campaign's Chevrolets compete: a Silverado branded Trump-Pence 2020 was racing Friday and a Camaro will compete Saturday in the same colors.
Trump and the first lady are seen after Air Force One landed in West Palm Beach on Friday


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Trump and the first lady are seen after Air Force One landed in West Palm Beach on Friday
The president gave a wave to cameras and supporters who were on hand after the aircraft landed


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The president gave a wave to cameras and supporters who were on hand after the aircraft landed
The Trumps flew to South Florida for another weekend at the Mar-a-Lago resort


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The Trumps flew to South Florida for another weekend at the Mar-a-Lago resort
The White House announced his attendance at Daytona earlier this week and his status as Grand Marshal was unveiled Friday.
The only president to attend before was George W. Bush, who witnessed Dale Earnhardt Jr. win the 500 for the first time.
There were signs that the president would be making a trip to the Florida speedway before it was officially announced.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday indicating that President Trump would be attending the NASCAR race.
The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race - another restriction put in place for presidential visits.
Trump power: A Trump-Pence 2020 branded Chevy Camaro will compete on the circuit Saturday


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Trump power: A Trump-Pence 2020 branded Chevy Camaro will compete on the circuit Saturday
Getting ready: The Camaro on the ground will be accompanied by a Trump banner flying overhead


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Getting ready: The Camaro on the ground will be accompanied by a Trump banner flying overhead
Also in action: A Trump branded Silverado took part in racing Friday

Also in action: A Trump branded Silverado took part in racing Friday
Back in 2004: NASCAR legend Richard Petty and President George W. Bush met during pre-race introductions at the Daytona 500, the last attended by a president


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Back in 2004: NASCAR legend Richard Petty and President George W. Bush met during pre-race introductions at the Daytona 500, the last attended by a president
 

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Trump, Melania rev up Daytona 500 with historic lap in presidential limo, ‘The Beast’
By Stephen Sorace | Fox News



Trump: The Daytona 500 is a legendary display of roaring engines
President Trump speaks at the 62nd Annual Daytona 500.
President Trump revved up NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on Sunday, becoming the second-ever president to deliver the Great American Race's iconic command, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" and the first of any president to take a lap in the armored presidential limo, dubbed "The Beast."
Trump, who was tapped to act as the race's grand marshal, and first lady Melania Trump addressed the 100,000-seat racetrack at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway ahead of the race he called "pure American glory."
The race encountered rain delays soon after it got underway; officials ultimately postponed it to Monday.
TRUMP NAMED DAYTONA 500 GRAND MARSHAL, WILL GIVE 'START YOUR ENGINES' COMMAND
“The Daytona 500 is the legendary display of roaring engines, soaring spirits and the American skill, speed and power that we’ve been hearing about for so many years,” Trump told the crowd before the race began.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump were met with chants of four more years ahead of the National Anthem. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump and first lady Melania Trump were met with chants of "four more years" ahead of the National Anthem. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
He called the tens of thousands of fans present at the racetrack "patriots," adding that "NASCAR fans never forget that no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family and country."
In an interview from the track, Trump told Fox Sports that while he's not able to drive his own car as president, he was tempted to get behind the wheel of one of the race cars.
"Right now, if I can, I'm gonna hop into one of these cars and I'm gonna get into this race, if possible," he joked.
Trump's motorcade passes the grandstands as he leads the drivers around the track before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Trump's motorcade passes the grandstands as he leads the drivers around the track before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Trump and Melania took a lap around the speedway in "The Beast" after giving the command for racers to start their engines. Leading the pack of 40 racers, the lap in the 22,000-pound, Cadillac-branded limousine marked a historic first for any president.
PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ARMORED LIMO, 'THE BEAST': WHAT TO KNOW
Trump is only the second sitting president to attend the 500, behind President George W. Bush who issued the famous command in 2004, the year Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first 500. Earnhardt was on hand Sunday and waved the green flag as honorary starter.
President George W. Bush greeted drivers in the pit at Daytona 500 NASCAR race in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2004.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

President George W. Bush greeted drivers in the pit at Daytona 500 NASCAR race in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2004. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
His appearance follows in the footsteps of former President Ronald Reagan, who in 1984 became the first sitting president to attend a NASCAR race at the speedway when he started the Firecracker 400, giving the command, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” from aboard Air Force One.
President Ronald Reagan congratulates stock car driver Richard Petty, who won the Firecracker 400 race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1984. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File)

President Ronald Reagan congratulates stock car driver Richard Petty, who won the Firecracker 400 race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1984. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File)
It was at that race that Richard Petty captured his historic 200th victory. Reagan watched until the end, even doing a few laps of radio play-by-play during the race before he congratulated Petty and ate chicken with drivers, crew members, NASCAR employees and their families in the garage area.
Former President George H.W. Bush also visited the track at Daytona, but not during the 500 race.
 
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