PACE LAP
The warm-up lap prior to a race start.

PAUSE
During a skid, that moment when the movement of the rear of the car toward the outside stops. The springs are about to rebound and transfer weight toward the inside tires. This precedes the Recovery phase of CPR. Also described as the moment during a skid when the rotation of the spin is “caught” and converted to a sideways slide.

PINCHING
Adding steering input to a car when it’s cornering. Most frequent in the second half of the corner to recover from an early apex, adding acceleration too soon or a poorly timed pass.

PIT LANE/HOT PITS
An area adjacent to the racetrack where cars are worked on during practice, qualifying or a race. “To pit” means to make a pit-stop.

PITCH
Changes of the front-to-rear ride height; also, the angle of attack of a car in response to acceleration and braking.

POLESITTER
The fastest qualifier.