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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.