Trump becomes first president named Daytona 500 grand marshal

President Trump was named grand marshal of Sunday’s Daytona 500 in Florida, wherever he’ll get to announce the common command for the competition to “start your engines.”

It’ll mark the initial time a president, sitting down or previous, has ever held the role in what NASCAR expenditures as “The Great American Race,” Fox Information documented.

George W. Bush was the only other sitting president to go to the occasion on the Atlantic coastline in central Florida, seeing in 2004, the year Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his very first 500.

Earnhardt was grand marshal in 2018 and will also be on the stand this Sunday to wave the environmentally friendly flag as honorary starter.

Previous NASCAR CEO Brian France Jr. endorsed Trump in 2016, and the president hosted series champs Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. at the White Property.

The commander-in-chief also awarded NASCAR crew owner Roger Penske the Presidential Medal of Liberty last 12 months.

Trump will be element of the race in a further way, with Joe Nemechek driving a Mike Harmon Racing auto in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday sponsored by the Patriots PAC of America that will have Trump/Pence 2020 logos on it, Fox reported.

NASCAR has suffered a fall in viewership for some of its races, Forbes noted in November.

But the president was expected to give Daytona rankings a strengthen, when Fox airs the contest at the Daytona Global Speedway at 2:30 p.m.

And NASCAR will pay out a document $23.6 million to the 40 motorists racing in the Daytona 500.

The sanctioning overall body released the full purse Friday, an about-deal with for an firm that hadn’t produced payouts considering that the 2015 time.

NASCAR’s constitution process with teams experienced earlier prohibited the disclosure of economic particulars.

The Race Team Alliance announced Thursday it was shut to agreeing to NASCAR’s proposal for a four-yr extension to the constitution program that would operate through 2024.

NASCAR has seasoned important changes to its business design in latest decades, with sponsorship bucks dwindling.

Motorists have experienced to adjust, as well, with quite a few of them doing work for fewer assured funds and relying much more on purse winnings.

The race on Sunday is a sellout for the fifth consecutive time.

With Post wires