pace car

noun

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 pace car towed Mueller to about 90 mph, but the acceleration up to 147 mph was all from her legs. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Woman Breaks World Speed Record by Riding a Bicycle at 147 Mph," 13 Sep. 2016 Along with his engineering background, Reuss is an accomplished racer who has driven pace cars at major events before. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "GM executive wrecks Corvette pace car at Indycar's Detroit Grand Prix," 4 June 2018 Both the pace car driver and the series official were taken to the infield care center, where they were checked, cleared and released. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix: Ryan Hunter-Reay makes a splash with celebration," 3 June 2018 Both the pace car driver and the series official were taken to the infield care center, where they were checked, cleared and released. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix: Ryan Hunter-Reay makes a splash with celebration," 3 June 2018 Both the pace car driver and the series official were taken to the infield care center, where they were checked, cleared and released. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix: Ryan Hunter-Reay makes a splash with celebration," 3 June 2018 Both the pace car driver and the series official were taken to the infield care center, where they were checked, cleared and released. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix: Ryan Hunter-Reay makes a splash with celebration," 3 June 2018 The pace car was the new 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1, also known as the King for its blistering performance. Tribune Wire Reports, chicagotribune.com, "GM executive crashes Corvette ZR1 pace car before race," 4 June 2018 Both the pace car driver and the series official were taken to the infield care center, where they were checked, cleared and released. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix: Ryan Hunter-Reay makes a splash with celebration," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of pace car

1936, in the meaning defined above

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