UPDATE 2: Statement from Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile
“The DAYTONA 500 is one of the greatest events in sports and the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Cup Series. 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 experience the pageantry and excitement of ‘The Great American Race’ by attending Sunday’s 62nd annual DAYTONA 500.”
UPDATE: President Donald Trump will attend the Daytona 500 on Sunday, an official said.
“The president will be here for the Daytona 500. That is all of the information I have at this time,” Joanne Magley, a spokeswoman for Daytona Beach International Airport wrote in an email.
When told that Magley had confirmed that Trump would be attending, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said his agency is making preparations for three VIPs: Trump, Melania Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) February 12, 2020
President Donald Trump could be attending the Daytona 500 on Sunday, the DeLand Municipal Airport announced.
A notice to airmen, or NOTAM, released by the DeLand airport stated that the Federal Aviation Administration’s Daytona Beach Tower “has advised us that there is a strong possibility that President Trump will attend the Daytona 500 Sunday arriving about 13:30 [1:30 p.m.] and sticking around for a couple of hours.”
Airport manager John Eiff confirmed Tuesday that the airport was told by the FAA to prepare for Trump flying into the area, the trip was not yet official.
— Orlando Sentinel —
Hat Tip: SBJ’s Adam Stern