Portland Resident Wins Exclusive GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Experience with Hitachi and Penske Racing

  Portland Resident Wins Exclusive GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Experience
  with Hitachi and Penske Racing

Grand Prize winner of Hitachi’s “Cheer for Gear” sweepstakes, Sher Shepps of
Portland, OR, will serve as an honorary Team Penske Pit Crew Member at the
GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma IZOD IndyCar Series race

Business Wire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- August 13, 2013

Portland resident and dedicated IndyCar fan Sher Shepps won the “Cheer for
Gear” sweepstakes held by Hitachi as a part of Hitachi’s sponsorship with Team
Penske and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, the company
announced today. Shepps will attend the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma IZOD
IndyCar Series race with her husband, Robert on August 25, 2013, and will
serve as an honorary Team Penske Pit Crew Member for a day.

Hitachi's "Cheer for Gear" sweepstakes winner, Sher Shepps of Portland, OR,
with her husband. (Photo ...

Hitachi's "Cheer for Gear" sweepstakes winner, Sher Shepps of Portland, OR,
with her husband. (Photo: Business Wire)

The “Cheer for Gear” sweepstakes, which was hosted on the on the dedicated
Hitachi Motorsports Facebook page, ran from June 19 through July 14, 2013, and
invited racing fans in the US to enter for a chance to win authentic racing
gear and diecast model cars autographed by Helio Castroneves. Each sweepstakes
participant was also entered into the Grand Prize drawing to win a
three-day/two-night trip for two to the IZOD IndyCar Series race in Sonoma,
CA. The Grand Prize includes round-trip coach air to San Francisco, CA, hotel
accommodations, a track pit pass and a track hospitality pass for winner and
guest, and a $750 gift card for the winner.

“My husband and I are thrilled to be the winners of Hitachi’s “Cheer for Gear
Sweepstakes.” I have been an avid and loyal IndyCar fan for so many years. So
to have the opportunity to attend the race in Sonoma and be an “honorary pit
crew member” of Team Penske is a huge honor,” said Sher Shepps.

According to Lauren Raguzin, Director of Branding and Corporate Communications
for Hitachi America, Ltd. “Hitachi’s mission is to “contribute to society
through the development of superior, original technology and products,” and
the sweepstakes entrants were invited to share why technology is important to
them as a part of their entry. In Ms. Shepps entry form, she wrote,
“Technology is important to me because it keeps our family connected as we are
spread across the US; it also keeps us safe in our cars as it does for Helio!”

“Congratulations to Sher on her win! We share her passion for racing and hope
she will enjoy her experience at the race,” said Raguzin. “This was Hitachi
America’s first consumer promotion, and we were thrilled to be working on it
together with Team Penske and Helio Castroneves. The sweepstakes generated a
solid positive response from racing and technology enthusiasts alike, and the
response was a great success for our first foray into the sweepstakes arena.”

This year, Hitachi has partnered with Team Penske IZOD IndyCar Series program
for the second consecutive season. During the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series,
Hitachi is a primary sponsor for nine races on the No. 3 Team Penske
Dallara/Chevrolet driven by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio
Castroneves. In addition to the sponsorship, Hitachi supplies components for
race engines competing in this season's IZOD IndyCar. Hitachi Automotive
Systems’ Gasoline Direct Injection technology has been incorporated into the
fuel system design of the Chevy IndyCar V-6 race engine. Some of the
advancements include making the engines more environmentally-conscious through
the direct injection technology and the use of ethanol (E85) fuel, while
maintaining the engine power that drivers expect.

For more details about Hitachi’s innovative automotive technologies and its
partnership with Team Penske and the IZOD IndyCar series, please visit the
microsite. “Like” Hitachi Motorsports on Facebook for the latest updates from
Helio Castroneves, photos from the races and exclusive behind-the-scenes
videos featuring Helio and Team Penske members.

About Hitachi America, Ltd.

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

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global
electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The
company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled
9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the
Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information
& telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high
functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more
information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at
http://www.hitachi.com.

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Contact:

Hitachi America, Ltd.
Lauren Raguzin, 914-333-2986
lauren.raguzin@hal.hitachi.com
 
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