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Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd.

Information contained in this news release is current as of the date of the press announcement, but may be subject to change without prior notice.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Penske Racing driver Helio Castroneves, contracted by the Hitachi Group,
finishes in second place in the U.S. IndyCar Series championship
for the second year in a row

Tokyo, September 5, 2014 --- Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. today announced that Helio Castroneves, a Hitachi contract driver in the Penske Racing team, sponsored by the Hitachi Group, came fourteenth in the final race of the 2014 IndyCar Series held at Fontana, California, on August 30, clinching second place in the season's championship standings for the second year in a row.

In the season opener held at St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 30, Castroneves had a solid race that gained him third place in the season standings. Then in the seventh race, held in Detroit, Michigan, on June 1, Castroneves scored his first win with Hitachi as Primary Race, moving him up to second place in the standings. Following the eleventh race in Newton, Iowa, on July 12, he took over the lead in the standings. Although teammate Will Power took over first place in August, Castroneves had a strong 2014 season, with podium finishes in six of the 18 races.

Hitachi wishes to thank everyone for their warm support throughout the year for Helio Castroneves, sponsored by the Hitachi Group.

Helio Castroneves

■2014 IndyCar Series Schedule and Results

●:Hitachi Primary Races

Date Location Finish Rank
March 30 ●St. Petersburg, Florida 3 3
April 13 Long Beach, California 11 4
April 27 Birmingham, Alabama 19 8
May 10 Indianapolis, Indiana 3 4
May 25 Indianapolis, Indiana 2 3
May 31 ●Detroit, Michigan 5 3
June 1 ●Detroit, Michigan 1 2
June 7 Forth Worth, Texas 8 2
June 28 Houston, Texas 9 2
June 29 Houston, Texas 21 2
July 6 ●Long Pond, Pennsylvania 2 2
July 12 ●Newton, Iowa 8 1
July 20 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2 1
July 20 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12 1
August 3 ●Lexington, Ohio 19 2
August 17 ●West Allis, Wisconsin 11 2
August 24 ●Sonoma, California 18 2
August 30 Fontana, California 14 2

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/

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