Sometimes I'm racing and my car loses a little velocity. Why is that happening, could it be a internet lag issue? The other thing that happens a lot is that for example I'm in the 1st position during a long straight route, and the car in the 2nd position reaches me. We both have the exact same vehicle (no custom allowed), and I'm going max speed, how come he can reach me?

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It's called Catch-up. It's a race setting that speeds up the players in back and slows down players in front. It can be enabled/disabled by the host in the lobby.

Also players close behind you can slipstream for a temporary speed boost.

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    I can confirm this. Beat me to it @CaulynDarr :P
    – Zero
    Oct 23, 2013 at 19:07
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    Basically, it's: "We like people who can't play; those who can should be punished". I hate it when games do that. In singleplayer mode, it's known as "Rubber Band AI".
    – Nolonar
    Oct 23, 2013 at 19:19
  • @Nolonar Well I sometimes like to keep it on to either deter dirty racing or to encourage it (depending on your view of it) lol
    – Zero
    Oct 23, 2013 at 19:25
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    @Nolonar In some cases I agree with you, but not with this game. This is GTA5, not GT5. Without catch-up, whoever escapes the first pileup gets ahead and gets to play by themselves for a few minutes and win with no challenge. Where's the chaos and destruction in that? Even if I'm out in front I'd much rather have people catch up to me and duke it out than just do a few laps all by myself! But I guess that's why they included it as an option, so we both can be happy :)
    – dpatchery
    Oct 23, 2013 at 19:29

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