First Lady Melania Trump joined President Trump to attend the 62nd annual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s most prestigious race in Dayton Beach, Florida Sunday afternoon.
For this historic event, Melania wore a black and white midi dress from Dior. She first wore this dress in April 2017 when hosting a group of veterans in a ceremony at the White House for Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Soldier Ride.
What made her outfit stand out was the white leather corset belt centered at the waist line. The belt from Alaia is a wide corset belt that is made from calfskin leather and features scallop and laser-cut details. It retails for $1,370 and is available in both black and white at BergdorfGoodman.com.
She completed her look with a pair of white Christian Louboutin pumps. The So Kate 120mm, one of Melania go-to shoes, are available for purchase for $775 at Net-A-Porter.com.
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The first couple made a grand entrance arriving to the Daytona 500, first by flying low over the Daytona International Speedway. Over 100,000 fans gathered for the most prestigious annual race, which also is the 2020 season opener. Once arriving to the speedway, both President Trump and Melania took a lap around the racetrack inside “The Beast,” the presidential limousine.
After the lap around the trace, President Trump delivered a short five minute pre-race Grand Marshal speech to the crowd.
The President issued one final address specifically to the drivers on their official radio transmissions before exiting the track.
“Drivers, It was an honor to officially open this year’s Daytona 500 and drive the first Parade Lap with you. Thank you,” Trump said. “You are the best in the world at what you do, and I want to wish you luck in today’s Daytona 500. I hope you all have a fantastic race. You should all be proud to be competing in this incredible event. The Daytona 500 is the biggest race in the world and all of America is watching. Give the fans a great show! And to all the race fans. I love your passion for this sport. I hope you enjoy The Great American Race! God Bless you and God Bless the United States of America!”
President Trump is the first president ever to be named the grand marshal of the event, and was the first to also deliver the iconic command, telling drivers “Start your engines.”
The Trump campaign ran a television ad during the Fox Sports broadcast of the race.
“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’s campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.
The 30-second ad says that America has ‘raced’ under President Trump’s leadership.
“Millions of new jobs, rising wages, record-low unemployment, securing our border, protecting our country and respecting our veterans,” are listed as some of those accomplishments. The ad ends with the narrator pledging: “The best is yet to come.”
Previous presidents have attended NASCAR events at the speedway include Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. However, Trump is the first president to ever be named Grand Marshal.