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

Examples of pace car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Actor Ryan Phillippe, a Delaware native, is the pace car driver. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 1 May 2022 According to Gigi, her father attended at least 40 Indy 500s and drove the pace car there three times, usually wearing his beloved Heuer Carrera. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2022 The same arms that have produced 679 home runs will be used to man the steering wheel of a Toyota Camry TRD pace car. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2022 Then, with the track still untested before the Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum set to run Sunday, the great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. climbed behind the wheel of a pace car. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2022 Slow down and hold your position behind the pace car. CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 Slugger Albert Pujols drove the pace car, while Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth was joined in his Grand Marshal duties by Matthew Stafford. Fox News, 28 Feb. 2022 Otherwise, both Ineos and Nike broke several key IAAF record-eligibility rules, primarily by having a pace car that led pacing teams that reduced the air resistance on Kipchoge’s body, speeding along at 13.14 mph. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 15 Oct. 2019 After a couple of gentle loops, Mr. Brown steered us right up a short, sloped track — then floored the accelerator in the silver Chevrolet pace car and headed into a sharp left at 70 miles an hour. New York Times, 19 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pace car

1936, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Pace car.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pace%20car. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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