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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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 Mixed martial arts star Rampage Jackson drove the honorary pace car and rapper Machine Gun Kelly was the grand marshal. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "Can these NASCAR fans' RV make it to the finish line? | Charlotte Observer," 19 May 2018 Cincinnati Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman visited Kentucky Speedway to get some practice laps in the pace car. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Q&A with ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of pace car

1936, in the meaning defined above

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