pace car


Definition of pace car

: an automobile that leads the field of competitors through a pace lap but does not participate in the race

Examples of pace car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the back for the restart will be those that took the free pass (as the last car on the lead lap) or wave-around (while ahead of the leaders but behind the pace car) or were penalized. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "NASCAR's experimental pit stop rules will come into play at Road America this summer," 7 Jan. 2020 Johnson said in an interview with The Associated Press before driving the pace car for the start of the 2008 Daytona 500, the 50th running of that event. Jenna Fryer, Twin Cities, "Junior Johnson, ‘The Last American Hero,’ dies at 88," 20 Dec. 2019 They were kept in position by a laser line shot out by a pace car driving fifteen metres in front of them the whole way. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "Eliud Kipchoge Breaks the Two-Hour Barrier in the Marathon," 12 Oct. 2019 Taylor was the honorary pace car driver at the Quaker State 400. Tyler Dragon,, "Benglas' Zac Taylor: It's a 'unique experience' to be pace car driver at Quaker State 400," 13 July 2019 Finished in Long Beach Red Metallic Tintcoat with Indy 500 decals and silver racing stripes, this car will presumably be the last of the C7-generation pace cars, what with the new mid-engined 2020 Corvette C8 scheduled to debut July 18. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Will the 2019 Indy 500 Be the Last to Have a Front-Engined Corvette as a Pace Car?," 24 May 2019 After the pace car slips down off the track, the green flag waves, and there is nothing in front of the cars but 500 miles. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 The course in Monza was held on Formula 1 loop and included stretches of solitude without fans and just a pack of runners following a pace car. Chris Chavez,, "Eliud Kipchoge to Attempt Sub-Two-Hour Marathon in Vienna in October," 27 June 2019 Before Sunday’s postponed FireKeepers Casino 400, Patricia, the grand marshal, and McCarty, the honorary pace car driver, spoke to reporters at Michigan International Speedway. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Matt Patricia, Darren McCarty enjoy NASCAR experience at MIS," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of pace car

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Pace car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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