Мария Капшина, Морана, Spielbrecher (viata) wrote in linguaphiles,
Мария Капшина, Морана, Spielbrecher

English help needed

Hi to everyone!

Can you please help me with a bit from an English-language article?
The paragraph is about a group of friends who started an improvised car race on their way to a restaurant.

[Three of them] "were a length or so ahead of us as we approached the finish line but they were all so busy leaning on each other’s door handles that they missed the turn into the arena"

What exactly were they doing? Does it mean going side by side really close to each other, like a gentler form of paint swapping?

Any suggestions are much appreciated.

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