Feb 16, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump takes presidential limousine for lap at Daytona 500

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President Trump took the presidential limo, also known as "The Beast," on a lap around the Daytona 500 track Sunday, drawing cheers from the crowd before announcing the start of the prestigious NASCAR race as the honorary "grand marshal."

Why it matters: Florida, a key swing state and home of the Daytona 500, has been a target of the Trump campaign as the president ramps up his re-election effort. Trump announced his 2020 campaign in Orlando last June and changed his voter registration to list his south Florida Mar-a-Lago resort as his primary residence.

  • "NASCAR fans are patriots who support the president in huge numbers, so we definitely wanted to communicate directly with them about Keeping America Great during the Great American Race," Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.
Trump arrives in Daytona aboard Air Force One prior to the Daytona 500. Photo: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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NASCAR driver Ryan Newman hospitalized after fiery Daytona 500 crash

Ryan Newman crashes and flips during the Daytona 500 on Monday. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Ryan Newman was hospitalized in serious condition with injuries that were not life-threatening after his car crashed at the Daytona 500 on Monday, NASCAR said in a statement.

The big picture: The 42-year-old was leading the final lap of the race, won by Denny Hamlin, when his car flipped in the fiery crash. President Trump tweeted after the crash, "Praying for Ryan Newman, a great and brave @NASCAR driver!"

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NASCAR driver Ryan Newman released from hospital after Daytona 500 crash

Newman's car. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman has been treated and released from the Halifax Medical Center after a crash at the Daytona 500 on Sunday left him with serious injuries.

Context: Newman had been leading in the final lap of the race when his car flipped and burst into flames as it slid across the asphalt. Driver Denny Hamlin won the race.

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Trump tests negative for coronavirus

President Trump responds at the press briefing room at the White House on Saturday. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

President Trump's test for the novel coronavirus came back negative, his physician said Saturday.

Why it matters: Trump was tested Friday night after people he had met with at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last weekend showed symptoms or tested positive, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's press secretary.