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

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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 Michael Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, was giving a Chronicle reporter a ride in a Toyota Supra pace car at Sonoma Raceway this week. Tom Fitzgerald,, "Even more twists and turns at Sonoma: The Carousel is back," 20 June 2019 This is the 16th year in the event's history that a Corvette has been the pace car at the Brickyard. 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 Pritchard watched the Indianapolis 500, nervously through the parade laps, as Oladipo drove the pace car. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers president Kevin Pritchard sees Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis thriving," 6 June 2018 The pace car driver keeps an eye on the plane during takeoffs and landings, providing information to the pilot in the aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch A U-2 Spy Plane Pilot Suit Up and Take Off on a Mission Over the Middle East," 20 Mar. 2019 The pace car was unveiled at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday by Doug Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Jeff Chew, marketing manager for Chevy Racing. Zach Horrall,, Indianapolis Star, "2018 Indianapolis 500 pace car revealed," 19 Apr. 2018 Making things worse, GM executive Mark Reuss wrecked the pace car, a 2019 Corvette, coming around turn two on the parade lap, causing a 33-minute delay to the start of Dual 2. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix: Another dominant weekend for Honda on Belle Isle," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of pace car

1936, in the meaning defined above

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