Inside a Nextel Cup race car cockpit
Check out the controls and safety features of a NASCAR Nextel Cup race car.
Updated: June 21, 2007, 8:50 AM ET
1. Main switch panelContains switches for starter, ignition and cooling fans.
2. TachometerMonitors revolutions per minute (RPMs) of engine, assisting driver in selecting gears and monitoring engine power.
3. Engine gauge clusterMonitors engine oil pressure, water temperature, oil temperature, voltage and fuel pressure.
4. Auxiliary switchesCan serve a number of purposes, including turning on the backup ignition system, ventilating fans or helmet cooling system.
5. Master switchShuts down electrical system in emergency situations.
6. Ignition kill switchShuts off engine in emergency situations.
7. Radio buttonControls communication to pits and race spotter
8. GearshiftControls four-speed manual transmission.
9. Safety seatProvides extra support and protection for head, shoulders, ribs and lower extremities.
10. Head and neck restraintNASCAR mandates the use of a head-and-neck restraint system, the approved HANS Device.
11. Window netKeeps driver's left arm inside the car during accidents.
12. Rear view mirror
13. Fresh air ventDirects outside air into the driving compartment.
14. Main rear view mirror
15. Fire extinguisher
16. Seat belt harness
17. Fire extinguisher switchDischarges fire-suppressing chemicals into the driving compartment.
18. Fire extinguisher discharge nozzle
19. Helmet hook
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