Michael Caruso (racing driver)

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Michael Caruso
Nationality Australia Australian
V8 Supercar Record
Car number 23
Current team Nissan Motorsport
Series championships 0
Races 224
Race wins 1
Podium finishes 6
Pole positions 0
2014 Championship position 10th (1939 pts)

Michael Caruso (born 25 May 1983, in Sydney, Australia), is an Australian professional racing driver. Starting as a driver of go-karts at age 11,[1] he began driving with Formula Ford in 2001. He moved to Formula Three in 2002 and won the Australian Formula 3 Championship in 2003. With offers to move to FIA Formula 3000 in Europe, he chose to join the Holden Young Lions team in V8 Supercars for 2004. After a poor start he quit the team. In 2005 he did the first two rounds of the Australian Formula 3 Championship, before moving to Europe to be test and reserve driver for the Astromega F3000 team.

In 2006 he returned to Australia and raced in the V8 Supercar Development Series with Jim Morton's Decina Team, finishing 4th. In 2007 he was runner-up in the Development series, again with Jim Morton's Ford Rising Star Program. He also made three V8 Supercar Championship Series starts in this period, one with Brad Jones Racing at Bathurst in 2006 and two with WPS in 2007. 2008 marked his first full season in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, switching from Ford to Holden with Garry Rogers Motorsport, replacing Dean Canto. In 2009 in Race 10, at Hidden Valley Raceway, Caruso won his first V8 Supercar Championship race.

Career results[edit]

The Holden VE Commodore of Michael Caruso at the 2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Caruso placed tenth in the 2014 V8 Supercars Championship driving a Nissan L33 Altima
Season Series Position Car Team
1997 Queensland Junior Kart Championship 1st  ? - Yamaha Caruso Racing
1997 Victorian Junior Kart Championship 1st  ? - Yamaha Caruso Racing
1997 Australian Junior Intercontinental A Title 1st Caruso Racing
1997 North American Junior Intercontinental A Title 1st Caruso Racing
1998 Queensland Intercontinental A Title 1st Caruso Racing
2000 Victorian Formula A Kart Title 1st Jim Morton
2001 Australian Formula Ford Championship 23rd Spectrum 06 - Ford Caruso Racing
2002 Australian Formula 3 Championship 5th Dallara F301 - Alfa Romeo Caruso Racing
2002 Victorian Road Racing Championship 1st Dallara F301 - Alfa Romeo Caruso Racing
2003 Australian Formula 3 Championship 1st Dallara F301 - Alfa Romeo Caruso Racing
2003 Australian Drivers' Championship 11th Reynard 94D - Holden Ralt Australia
2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series 24th Holden VX Commodore Holden Young Lions
2005 Australian Drivers' Championship 5th Dallara F301 - Alfa Romeo Caruso Racing
2006 V8Supercar Development Series 4th Ford BA Falcon Decina Racing
2007 V8Supercar Development Series 2nd Ford BA Falcon Ford Rising Stars Racing
2008 V8Supercar Championship Series 18th Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2009 V8Supercar Championship Series 11th Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2010 V8Supercar Championship Series 11th Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 14th Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 15th Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 23rd Nissan Altima Nissan Motorsport
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 10th Nissan Altima Nissan Motorsport

Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Number Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2006 12 Team BOC Ford BA Falcon Dale Brede DNF 59
2007 10 WPS Racing Ford BF Falcon Grant Denyer 15th 159
2008 33 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Lee Holdsworth DNF 139
2009 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Lee Holdsworth 3rd 161
2010 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Greg Ritter 10th 161
2011 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Marcus Marshall 10th 161
2012 34 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Greg Ritter 5th 161
2013 300 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 Daniel Gaunt 25th 147
2014 36 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 Dean Fiore 15th 158

References[edit]

  • Conrod Profile [1]
  • Speedsport [2]
  • NMD [3]
  • V8 X article [4]

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