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The first time you get in the car you have to complete a cockpit orientation test as part of your NHRA competition license requirements. You are completely suited up and blindfolded (or eyes closed in this instance), and must point out on command where every control is located in the car and show that you know how to use them. As the manual explains, "at 150 mph you will be traveling at 220 feet per second." With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to be aware of your surroundings should you get into a predicament.