Wonder what all those things inside the NASCAR cockpit are?
Inside The Cockpit
The cockpit of a stock car serves as the “weekend office” for the drivers. Uniquely configured by each team, it features an extensive array of safety features, as well as instrument gauges that allow the driver to monitor the car’s performance.
- Main Switch Panel: Contains switches for starter, ignition and cooling fans.
- Tachometer: Monitors revolutions per minute (RPMs) of engine, assisting driver in selecting gears and monitoring engine power.
- Engine Gauge Cluster: Monitors engine oil pressure, water temperature, oil temperature, voltage and fuel pressure.
- Auxiliary Switches: Can serve a number of purposes, including turning on the backup ignition system, ventilating fans, or helmet cooling system.
- Master Switch: Shuts down electrical system in emergency situations.
- Ignition Kill Switch: Shuts off engine in emergency situations.
- Radio Button: Controls communication to pits and race spotter.
- Gearshift: Controls four-speed manual transmission.
- Safety Seat: Provides extra support and protection for head, shoulders, ribs and lower extremities.
- Head And Neck Restraint: NASCAR mandates the use of a head-and-neck restraint system, the approved HANS Device.
- Window Net: Keeps driver’s left arm inside the car during accidents.
- Rear View Mirror
- Fresh Air Vent: Directs outside air into the driving compartment.
- Main Rear View Mirror
- Fire Extinguisher
- Six-Point Seat Belt Harness
- Fire Extinguisher Switch: Discharges fire-suppressing chemicals into the driving compartment.
- Fire Extinguisher Discharge Nozzle
- Helmet Hook
Adapted from information by NASCAR Media