Revving Up on Terminology: N-R

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Over Steer: When a car’s rear end doesn’t want to go around a corner and tries to overtake the front end as the driver turns in towards the apex.

Paddles: Levers on either side of the back of a steering wheel with which a driver changes up and down the gearbox.

Paddock: An enclosed area behind the pits in which the teams keep their transporters and motor homes. There is no admission to the public.

Pit Board: A board held out on the pit wall to inform a driver of his race position, the time interval to the car ahead or the one behind, plus the number of laps of the race remaining.

Pit Wall: Where the team owner, managers and engineers spend the race, usually under an awning to keep sun and rain off their monitors.

Pits: An area of track separated from the start/finish straight by a wall, where the cars are brought for new tires and fuel during the race, or for set-up changes in practice, each stopping at their respective pit garages.

Plank: A hard wooden strip (also known as a skid block) that is fitted front-to-back down the middle of the underside of all cars to check that they are not being run too close to the track surface, something that is apparent if the wood is excessively worn.

Pole Position: The first place on the starting grid, as awarded to the driver who recorded the fastest lap time in qualifying.

Protest: An action lodged by a team when it considers that another team or competitor has transgressed the rules.

Retirement: When a car has to drop out of the race because of an accident or mechanical failure.

Ride height: The height between the track’s surface and the floor of the car.

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