Team Penske shares Hitachi’s passion for innovation, focusing on partnering with companies whose capabilities can improve the performance of the team at track.
Pit crew members and drivers practice together at the track and at the shop in order to stay in sync and create a routine.
Helio’s team includes 8 pit crew members, 6 of whom are allowed over the wall into direct contact with the car during a stop.
A pit crew members will complete up-to 40 individual maneuvers and tasks during a pit stop with an optimal completion time of 7 seconds.
Team Penske finished 1-2-3 in the IndyCar standings in 2016.
Hitachi’s fuel injection system provides Gasoline Direct Injection for each of Team Penske’s cars. Hitachi fuel injectors allow for increased efficiency and lower emissions, as well as improved engine power.
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Chevrolet cars, equipped with Hitachi the fuel injection technology, won won 14 of 16 races in the 2016 season
IndyCar engines create between 550-700 horsepower. Hitachi is no stranger to power generation – having developed technologies which increase the efficiency of both conventional power generation facilities and renewable energy technologies.
Computer simulations and data acquisition shapes a large portion of any team’s pre-race strategy and will play major roles in determining team success at the track.
Hitachi is proud to sponsor Helio Castroneves and Team Penske for the sixth straight year. His passion for racing combined with Hitachi's innovation is a winning combination.
Helio has driven over 74,000 miles in IndyCar races over the course of his career.
Helio won the Indianapolis 500 in his first ever start at the Brickyard, and made history the following year by repeating the feat.
Drivers’ heart rate can reach around 90% of their maximum heart rate – about the same as an elite runner during a marathon.