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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tokyo, June 16, 2015 --- Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd. today announced that Helio Castroneves, a Penske Racing Driver contracted and sponsored by the Hitachi Group (including Hitachi Automotive Systems) took third place in the tenth event of the IndyCar series held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on June 14.
Helio Castroneves began the race in seventh position. All cars started out with wet tires, but the track steadily dried and the condition improved during the race. The third place finish by Castroneves was very much a team effort, a combination of hard work by the pit mechanics, particularly with the tire changes, and skillful driving on the track.
Penske Racing teammate Will Power came fourth, Juan Pablo Montoya in seventh place and Simon Pagenaud in eleventh place.
The result lifted Castroneves to fourth place overall in the 2015 championship standings, behind teammates Montoya and Power in first and second place respectively, with Team Penske drivers dominating the top spots.
Looking ahead, Hitachi Automotive Systems will use its sponsorship of motor sports, including IndyCar racing, to further grow the Hitachi brand and make a contribution to motor sports.
Helio Castroneves jumps ahead another spot
Helio Castroneves (right) on the podium
after the race
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/