I want some words or phrases that describe overtaking car or cars, like in a race. I've heard "make up places" in Top Gear and have been wondering about other ways to say it.
Gain the lead: to take the winning position in a race or competition Her car has gained the lead. Our team gained the lead in the eighth inning.
—often used figuratively: Their company has gained the lead in developing this new technology.
- leave behind
- pull ahead of
- go by
All of these are some synonyms for pass