Trump takes track to open Daytona 500

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE took to the track to open the Daytona 500 race Sunday. 

Trump arrived at the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon with his full motorcade on the speedway. He made about a quarter of a lap before pulling aside. 

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"My fellow race fans, the Daytona 500 is a legendary display," he said after emerging to applause from the crowd. 

Trump thanked the "tens of thousands of patriots" gathered at the Daytona International Speedway for the race, which he called "pure American glory." 

The president told the crowd that no matter who wins, "what matters most is God, family and country." 

Trump was met at the airport by NASCAR officials. 

First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus Trump defends million in Kennedy Center funding in coronavirus stimulus Budowsky: President Trump, meet with all former living presidents MORE is expected to attend the race with him, along with Reps. Bill PoseyWilliam (Bill) Joseph PoseyTrump takes track to open Daytona 500 Fed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Scientists join Democrats in panning EPA's 'secret science' rule MORE (R-Fla.) and Michael WaltzMichael WaltzAfghan Women: Essential for Peace Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Overnight Defense: US deploys low-yield nukes on submarines | Watchdog warns Iraq withdrawal 'likely' means ISIS resurgence | What to watch in Trump's State of the Union MORE (R-Fla.) as well as Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida reporter says she was blocked from Gov. DeSantis's coronavirus press briefing CDC issues travel advisory for NY tri-state area after Trump says quarantine 'not necessary' Florida confirms over 500 new cases of coronavirus in the state MORE (R), according to the White House.