pace lap


: a lap of an auto racecourse by the entire field of competitors before the start of a race to allow the engines to warm up and to permit a flying start

Examples of pace lap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rain delayed the start of the FireKeepers Casino 400 by 1 hour and 43 minutes after showers fell during pace laps. Aaron Bearden, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2023 The Xfinity drivers still went through their introductions, got into their cars, and took pace laps during a short break in the weather, but rain began to fall again during the warm-up. Greg Beacham,, 25 Feb. 2023 Like Roberto Guerrero on the pace lap. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 18 June 2020 Due to the timing of his team’s entry, Aitken was given the honor of starting on the outside of the front row and got a good jump on the final pace lap to swing down the track and clear of pole-sitter Lewis Strang to lead the first four laps. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Oct. 2020 The last chance to appreciate Jimmie Johnson leading the field at the Daytona 500 may come during the pace laps. Dan Gelston,, 15 Feb. 2020 In May, Florine was running a quick-but-not-record-pace lap when a small piece of gear popped on the 22nd pitch. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, 4 June 2018 Mark Reuss was driving when the Corvette spun and crashed during a pace lap just before the race's scheduled start time. Tribune Wire Reports,, 4 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pace lap was in 1929

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“Pace lap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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