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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 panel Contains switches for starter, ignition and cooling fans.

2. Tachometer Monitors revolutions per minute (RPMs) of engine, assisting driver in selecting gears and monitoring engine power.

3. Engine gauge cluster Monitors engine oil pressure, water temperature, oil temperature, voltage and fuel pressure.

4. Auxiliary switches Can serve a number of purposes, including turning on the backup ignition system, ventilating fans or helmet cooling system.

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