Fan Info - INDYCAR 101 - The Car Dallara - The Cockpit

The Cockpit

Click on the numbers below to see a brief video about each in-car tool.

* All button positions are customized to suit driver’s preferences

1. ANTI-ROLL BARS: Allows driver to fine-tune the handling of the car by engaging mechanical linkages connected to the front or rear suspension. View Video

2. DASH: Displays warning lights and information the driver needs during the race. That information includes lap times, oil, water and gearbox temperatures and fuel mileage. View Video

3. RPM SHIFT LIGHTS: LED lights that go from green to red and indicate engine RPM. When the red lights are on the driver shifts gears. View Video

4. PIT LANE SPEED LIMITER: Used on pit lane by the driver to activate the engine control program limiting the car’s speed to the pit lane speed limit, which is usually 60 miles per hour. View Video

5. PUSH-TO-TALK: Activates the microphone in the driver’s helmet so he can communicate over the radio. View Video

6. RESET: Used during the race. During a pit stop the driver pushes this button to reset the fuel reading on the display. View Video

7. FUEL MAP SWITCH: Allows the driver to adjust the fuel mapping of the engine to increase fuel mileage or to increase power. There are a number of settings available including full rich, where the engine produces maximum power but uses more fuel. There is also a lean setting which uses less fuel but produces less power. During caution periods the drivers will switch to the leanest mixture to increase fuel economy, different pages available on the dash board, including the race page, qualifying page and practice page. View Video

8. DASH SCROLL: Allows driver to scroll between the screens of information on their dash.

9. WEIGHT JACKER: Adjusts the cross weight on the car from left to right, or right to left, depending on button pushed. The weight jacker allows the driver to make fine-tuning adjustments as the car begins to handle differently during the race. View Video

10.NEUTRAL BUTTON: Used by drivers to set the car's gearbox to a neutral state. View Video

11. REVERSE: Allows the driver to set the car's gearbox in a reverse position. View Video

12. PUSH-TO-PASS: The push-to-pass, or overtake assist, button is an INDYCAR-regulated mechanism which provides a driver the ability to increase the car's horsepower for a short period of time. View Video


14. DRINK (BEHIND THE CARBON): Allows the driver to get a drink of water during the race. It activates a pump connected to a water bottle on the car which pumps water through a hose installed in the driver’s helmet. View Video