Daytona 500 may get visit from President Donald Trump


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona 500 may get a visit from President Donald Trump on Sunday, an official said.

Air traffic controllers at Daytona Beach International Airport said that Trump might be flying in to the Daytona 500, and if Trump did, air traffic in the area would be affecte, said John Eiff, who is the airport manager at DeLand, Florida.

If Trump does fly in for the Daytona 500, it would ground all the planes at DeLand Municipal Airport, because all planes in the area would have to be under direct control of air traffic control, Eiff said.

He said most of the planes flying out of the DeLand Municipal Airport are recreational and are not under the direct control of air traffic controllers.

The FAA posted a notice on its website on Monday alerting pilots to expect VIP movement on Sunday in the vicinity of Daytona Beach. The FAA warned pilots to expect restrictions related to the VIP movement.

Three sitting presidents have attended the Daytona 500: Ronald Reagan in 1984, George H.W. Bush in 1992 and George W. Bush in 2004. George W. Bush also attended the July 2000 race when he was a candidate.

Staff writer Ken Willis contributed to this report.

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