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9/30/2014

Indianapolis 500 Champion Helio Castroneves Appears With Hitachi At Oracle OpenWorld Event Popular Driver participates in discussion on data-driven lessons from IndyCar Racing

San Francisco, CA, September 30, 2014 – Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves,  one of the superstars of the Verizon IndyCar Series and three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, appeared at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) on Monday, September 29, the largest and arguably most important enterprise IT event of the year.

Castroneves explored how lessons from the fast-paced world of IndyCar Racing can be applied to the equally fast-paced world of 21st Century technology and industry solutions. A panel of Internet and Big Data Experts with additional representatives from Team Penske, Hitachi Consulting, Oracle Corporation, Hitachi Automotive and Hitachi Data Systems participated in the discussion, led by the IndyCar racing legend.

World-class auto racing is not just about having a highly-skilled driver and state-of-the art racing car. A conglomerate of Hitachi companies, covering solutions from automotive to data systems and many more are aligned by the project and implementation teams from Hitachi Consulting, provides Team Penske with advanced sensors bustling across the high tech race car generating real-time racing data and other tools to maximize the team’s racing performance. Hitachi, a long-term partner and sponsor of Team Penske, also provides advanced fuel injection systems, analytic tools and other support to help Team Penske maintain their leadership in IndyCar.

“I was really happy to attend Oracle OpenWorld on behalf of and together with Hitachi,” said Castroneves, who has earned 29 wins and 41 pole positions in his distinguished IndyCar career. “Technology and speed is so important in racing and it was exciting to talk about how we work with Hitachi at Team Penske to maximize our performance in our race shop and at the track.”

Oracle OpenWorld continues to be the world's largest, most important conference for Oracle users and technologists. Content always has precedence at this event, with the presentation of thousands of technical sessions, labs, and demos in which IT professionals participate and engage in the most significant discussions affecting every aspect of the data, IT, consulting and general business world.

About Team Penske

Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced more than 400 major race wins, over 450 pole positions and 26 National Championships. The team has also earned 15 Indianapolis 500 victories in its storied history. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.

About Hitachi Consulting

Hitachi Consulting Corporation is a recognized leader in delivering proven business and IT strategies and solutions to Global 2000 companies across many industries. With a balanced view of strategy, people, process and technology, Hitachi Consulting works with companies to understand their unique business needs and develop practical business strategies and technology solutions. Hitachi Consulting’s client base includes 35 percent of the Fortune 100 and 25 percent of the Fortune Global 100.

About Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.

Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company is engaged in the development, manufacture, sales and services of automotive components, transportation related components, industrial machines and systems, and offers a wide range of automotive systems including engine management systems, electric power train systems, drive control systems and car information systems. For more information, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi-automotive.co.jp/en/.

About Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of Hitachi America, Ltd., manufactures, remanufactures and markets a wide range of automotive systems including engine management systems, electric power train systems, drive control systems and car information systems for all major automotive original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers worldwide, providing leadership within Hitachi Automotive Systems’ global operations as the regional headquarters in the Americas.  The company is headquartered in Harrodsburg, KY. For more information, please visit www.hitachi-automotive.us.

About Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offers a broad range of power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Contacts

For Hitachi America Ltd.

Theodore Lowen
Hitachi America, Ltd.
Phone: 914-333-2986
Mobile: 914-343-6794
Theodore.Lowen@hal.hitachi.com

For Team Penske

Jonathan Gibson
Team Penske
Phone: 704-799-8301
Mobile: 704-962-1307
jonathan.gibson@penskeracing.com