Daytona 500: What to expect ahead of race, President Trump’s arrival

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — With President Donald Trump announcing he will be attending the Daytona 500 on Sunday, many attending the race may be wondering what they should expect when they arrive at the event.

Daytona Beach International Airport officials said additional security measures will be in place at the airport due to the president’s visit. They said temporary flight restrictions will also be in place due to the race, which is normal protocol.

The U.S. Secret Service tweeted Wednesday that it is securing Daytona International Speedway by providing a 30-mile “no drone zone” around the event.

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If you plan on attending the race, officials recommend arriving early to make time for entry procedures which can be found here.

Officials said anyone planning a trip to Daytona International Speedway should allow additional time in the event that wait times are longer than normal due to additional screening procedures.

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Officials also provided a list of items that are not allowed inside, which include the following:

  • Weapons, firearms, knives, including pocket knives and all other items restricted by local, state or federal laws
  • Fireworks, laser pointers, noisemakers and air horns
  • Umbrellas, flag poles, brooms or any items of a similar description
  • Homemade selfie sticks
  • Hard-sided coolers (Styrofoam, plastic, metal, etc.)
  • Any soft-sided bags or coolers larger than the allowed 14x14x14-inch dimensions
  • Any backpacks, cinch bags or duffel bags larger than the allowed 17 inches in length
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Seat cushions with metal components
  • Collapsible chairs
  • Wagons
  • Drones – UAVs, RPAs or UASes
  • Frisbees, balloons, beach balls or any other projectile
  • Hoverboards, skateboards, roller skates or bicycles (a lockable bike rack is located outside each admission gate).
  • Clothing with obscenities or offensive language
  • Dry ice

Trump will be the second sitting president to attend the race. The last sitting president to attend the race was George W. Bush in 2004. Four presidents have attended the race in total.

Air Force One landed at the Daytona Beach International Airport just before 2 p.m., and Channel 9 livestreamed the president’s arrival on our Facebook page and on our website.

If you missed the president’s arrival, you can watch it here.

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.