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 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, Zhorrell@gannett.com, 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 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

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First Known Use of pace car

1936, in the meaning defined above

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