Donald Trump at Daytona 500: How to Watch NASCAR Race as President Rumored to Take Lap in 'The Beast'

Fans will flock to the Daytona International Speedway in Florida for NASCAR's equivalent of the Super Bowl on Sunday—the Daytona 500. This year, President Donald Trump will serve as grand marshal of the 62nd edition of the annual 200-lap race and give the command for drivers to start their engines.

Trump is also rumored to be taking a lap around the track in the presidential limousine—known as "The Beast"—prior to the event, sources told Fox News. The White House has been contacted for comment.

According to Associated Press, the president's reelection campaign will run a television ad during the Fox broadcast of the race and also fly an aerial banner near the speedway.

"The DAYTONA 500 is one of the greatest events in sports and the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Cup Series," said Daytona International Speedway president Chop Wile in a statement.

"Daytona International Speedway has been privileged to have hosted several sitting Presidents of the United States over our history. We're honored that the President of the United States has chosen to experienced the pageantry and excitement of 'The Great American Race' by attending Sunday's 62nd annual DAYTONA 500."

Trump will be the second sitting president to attend the Daytona 500, after George W. Bush attended in 2004. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush have also visited the track at Daytona, but during other races.

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Donald Trump The Beast
Donald Trump The Beast
The United States Presidential State Car, nicknamed "The Beast" (L) and President Donald Trump riding in the vehicle.

When is the Daytona 500?

The 62nd running of the Daytona 500 will start at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 16.

How can I watch the Daytona 500?

The Daytona 500 will be broadcast live on FOX. The network, the official broadcaster of the race, has been streaming the Daytona 500 since 2007. The only way to watch the race for free is on Fox.

But fans can also watch on numerous paid streaming services, including Hulu+ Live TV, YouTube TV and AT&T TV Now. Otherwise, there is radio coverage of the race on MRN, SiriusXM and NASCAR Radio.

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William Byron drives the #24 Axalta 'Color of the Year' Chevrolet through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 08, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Who is in the final lineup?

Forty drivers qualify for the final lineup of the Daytona 500 after taking part in qualifying events. The full list can be viewed here.

Last year's champion, Denny Hamlin, will start at 5th position, while two-time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch is at 6th.

Jimmie Johnson, who won the Daytona 500 in 2016 and 2013 and has said this year's race is his last as a full-time driver, is in 4th place.

How much does the winner get?

This week, NASCAR announced a record-setting purse of $23.6 million for the 2020 Daytona 500. The amount is the largest purse in the history of U.S. motorsports, according to NASCAR.

But NASCAR doesn't release figures for how much each driver wins. However, according to, the 2020 winner is estimated to take home about $2.06 million.

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