pace-car

pace car

[peys]
noun
(in auto racing) an automobile that leads the competing cars through a pace lap or laps and leaves the course before the actual start of the race.

Origin:
1960–65

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pace car

noun
a high-performance car that leads a parade of competing cars through the pace lap and then pulls off the course 
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