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 Fisher will handle all pace car duties for the 500; former driver Oriol Servia is IndyCar's primary pace car driver. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2022 Indiana Pacers star guard Tyrese Haliburton will drive the honorary pace car at Sunday's running of the 107th Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Wednesday. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 24 May 2023 Netflix, the upstart outsider from Los Gatos, has been the pace car for television’s transition over the past decade. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 20 June 2023 While not a competition model, it was used as the pace car for the 1967 Can-Am race at Laguna Seca, where it was driven by Stirling Moss and actor James Garner. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 14 June 2023 Out of an estimated 283 green examples made in 1969, it is estimated that only 23 were California 500 Specials that wore the pace car’s same color scheme and accents. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2021 Morgan Freeman was invited by IMS to drive the pace car in 2003, but the Oscar winner declined. Evan Frank, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Jan. 2023 Wallace helped France build the Talladega Superspeedway (originally called the Alabama International Motor Speedway), and after Wallace was again elected governor of Alabama in 1970, his wife, Cornelia, became the first woman to drive a pace car before the 1971 Winston 500. Joseph Goodman |, al, 11 June 2020 What is the Indy 500 pace car? Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pace car was in 1936

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“Pace car.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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