Aside from the expected naysayers, President Trump’s visit to the Daytona 500 on Sunday was a rousing success for all concerned, with the excitement and patriotism overflowing.
And no one had more fun that the drivers in the sport — at least until rain would later postpone the “The Great American Race” until Monday.
Trump was the official grand marshal of the race, delivering the most famous words in motorsports, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” But the fun didn’t stop there, as the president took “The Beast,” as the presidential limousine is known, for a thrilling lap around Daytona International Speedway.
Hailie Deegan is an 18-year-old rising star in the world of NASCAR. Competing in the ARCA Menards Series — Deegan finished second last Saturday in her first ARCA race at Daytona — the young driver was on hand Sunday and posted a response to a tweet from Trump noting that he will be at the Daytona 500.
“Today’s goal. Get my helmet signed by Trump,” Deegan tweeted.
This prompted a response from Donald Trump Jr., hilariously encouraging Deegan to contact him via direct message: “DM me… I may know someone.”