pace lap


Definition of 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 The last chance to appreciate Jimmie Johnson leading the field at the Daytona 500 may come during the pace laps. Dan Gelston,, "Jimmie Johnson fired up for Daytona 500," 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, "The Outrageously High Cost of Speed Climbing," 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,, "GM executive crashes Corvette ZR1 pace car before race," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of pace lap

1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Pace lap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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