pace lap

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the first lap of a car race that prepares the cars for a fast start

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Instead of sitting still at the starting line and waiting for the official to signal the start, like you do in track and field, the pace lap allows the racers to have momentum when the race starts.
SCREAMS: Tragedy struck during the pace lap of the 1960 Indianapolis 500 when a makeshift scaffold collapsed, killing two people and injuring 40.
The automakers are positioning their cars for the start of the pace lap before the big commercialization race begins," Hayden said.
It will be driven during the race's pace lap by two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Emerson Fittipaldi.
But his mood quickly turned sour when his car blew its engine during the pace lap.
The newest star on the Indy-car circuit continued his remarkable season, winning for the fourth time in six races - in his backup car, no less, after a crash on the final pace lap destroyed his primary machine.
55 car of Michael Waltrip leaked fuel during pace laps, further delaying the start.
Despite posting a succession of qualifying pace laps he was unable to close the gap and ended the race one in fifth place.