Michael Caruso (born 25 May 1983) is an Australian professional motor racing driver. Caruso competes in the Pirtek Enduro Cup, co-driving a Holden ZB Commodore for Team 18 alongside Mark Winterbottom.

Early career

Caruso began his career in go-karts at age 12,[1] before graduating to Formula Ford in 2001. He moved to Formula 3 in 2002 and won the Australian Formula 3 Championship in 2003.[2] Despite offers to move to FIA Formula 3000 in Europe, he chose to join the Holden Young Lions team in the V8 Supercars Development Series for 2004.[1] After a poor start he quit the team mid-season. In 2005 Caruso competed in the first two rounds of the Australian Formula 3 Championship, before moving to Europe to be test and reserve driver for the F3000 outfit Team Astromega.

Touring cars

Development Series

In 2006 he returned to Australia and to the V8 Supercars Development Series with Jim Morton's Decina Racing, finishing 4th in the championship. In 2007 he was runner-up in the Development Series, again with Jim Morton's renamed Ford Rising Star program. He also made three main-game V8 Supercars starts in this period. The first of which was at the 2006 Bathurst 1000 as a replacement for Mark Porter in a Brad Jones Racing entry. Porter had a serious crash on the Friday of the event and later died in hospital. In 2007, Caruso entered the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 with WPS Racing.[3]

Garry Rogers Motorsport

In 2008, Caruso was signed to compete in his first full season in V8 Supercars, driving a Holden VE Commodore for Garry Rogers Motorsport, where he replaced Dean Canto. In 2009, Caruso won his first championship race at the Skycity Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway. He also finished on the podium at the 2009 Bathurst 1000, co-driving with Lee Holdsworth, and in the second race of the Sydney 500.[4] Caruso stayed at the team until 2012, only scoring one further podium in this period.

Caruso placed 15th in the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship driving a Holden VE Commodore

Nissan Motorsport

In 2013, Caruso moved to Nissan Motorsport, a four car team running the Nissan Altima L33. The team was the first to introduce a new manufacturer to the category under the New Generation V8 Supercar (then known as Car of the Future) regulations in 2013.[5] The team largely struggled with the new package and Caruso finished 23rd in the championship. The highlight of the year for Caruso was at the Winton 360, where he finished second in the opening race. Caruso had been leading the race at the conclusion of the first half of the split race, however was beaten by teammate James Moffat to victory in the second half.[6]

In 2014, Caruso finished a career-high 10th in the championship, despite only scoring one podium, in the second race of the Gold Coast 600. Caruso also took pole at the non-championship V8 Supercars Challenge race, a support event to the Australian Grand Prix. Having featured Norton 360 sponsorship in 2013 and 2014, from 2015 onwards, Caruso sported a corporate Nissan and Nismo livery. After another lean year in 2015, Caruso began 2016 strongly at the season-opening Adelaide 500. Caruso finished second in the Sunday race and led the championship following the event.[7] At the 2016 CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Caruso won his second career championship race, seven years after his first and coincidentally once again at Hidden Valley Raceway.[8] On the 30th of January 2019 it was announced that Caruso would lose his drive with Nissan Motorsport. He will not compete full time in 2019 and is yet to announce an ENDURO drive.[9]

Career results

Season Series Position Car Team
1997 Queensland Junior Kart Championship 1st ? - Yamaha Caruso Racing
Victorian Junior Kart Championship 1st
Australian Junior Intercontinental A Title 1st
North American Junior Intercontinental A Title 1st
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
Victorian Road Racing Championship 1st
2003 Australian Formula 3 Championship 1st Dallara F301 - Alfa Romeo Caruso Racing
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 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 4th Ford BA Falcon Decina Racing
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 2nd Ford BA Falcon Ford Rising Stars Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 18th Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 11th Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport
2010 V8 Supercar 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 L33 Nissan Motorsport
2014 International V8 Supercars Championship 10th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport
2015 International V8 Supercars Championship 12th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport
2016 International V8 Supercars Championship 10th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport
2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 13th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport
2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 18th Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport
2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 28th Holden ZB Commodore
Ford Mustang GT
Garry Rogers Motorsport
Tickford Racing
2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 32nd Ford Mustang GT Tickford Racing
2021 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship 40th Holden ZB Commodore Team 18

Supercars Championship results

(Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Supercars results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 Position Points
2006 Brad Jones Racing Ford BA Falcon ADE
R1

ADE
R2

PUK
R3

PUK
R4

PUK
R5

BAR
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

WIN
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

HDV
R14

QLD
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

ORA
R18

ORA
R19

ORA
R20

SAN
R21

BAT
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

SUR
R24

SUR
R25

SYM
R26

SYM
R27

SYM
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

PHI
R32

PHI
R33

PHI
R34

NC 0
2007 WPS Racing Ford BF Falcon ADE
R1

ADE
R2

BAR
R3

BAR
R4

BAR
R5

PUK
R6

PUK
R7

PUK
R8

WIN
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

EAS
R12

EAS
R13

EAS
R14

HDV
R15

HDV
R16

HDV
R17

QLD
R18

QLD
R19

QLD
R20

ORA
R21

ORA
R22

ORA
R23

SAN
R24

Ret
BAT
R25

15
SUR
R26

SUR
R27

SUR
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

SYM
R32

SYM
R33

SYM
R34

PHI
R35

PHI
R36

PHI
R37

49th 6
2008 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

EAS
R3

EAS
R4

EAS
R5

HAM
R6

HAM
R7

HAM
R8

BAR
R9

BAR
R10

BAR
R11

SAN
R12

SAN
R13

SAN
R14

HDV
R15

HDV
R16

HDV
R17

QLD
R18

QLD
R19

QLD
R20

WIN
R21

WIN
R22

WIN
R23

PHI
Q

PHI
R24

BAT
R25

SUR
R26

SUR
R27

SUR
R28

BHR
R29

BHR
R30

BHR
R31

SYM
R32

SYM
R33

SYM
R34

ORA
R35

ORA
R36

ORA
R37

18th
2009 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

HAM
R3

HAM
R4

WIN
R5

WIN
R6

SYM
R7

SYM
R8

HDV
R9

HDV
R10

TOW
R11

TOW
R12

SAN
R13

SAN
R14

QLD
R15

QLD
R16

PHI
Q

PHI
R17

BAT
R18

SUR
R19

SUR
R20

SUR
R21

SUR
R22

PHI
R23

PHI
R24

BAR
R25

BAR
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

11th
2010 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1

15
YMC
R2

11
BHR
R3

10
BHR
R4

9
ADE
R5

8
ADE
R6

10
HAM
R7

5
HAM
R8

3
QLD
R9

25
QLD
R10

6
WIN
R11

8
WIN
R12

8
HDV
R13

17
HDV
R14

15
TOW
R15

19
TOW
R16

11
PHI
R17

11
BAT
R18

10
SUR
R19

4
SUR
R20

11
SYM
R21

9
SYM
R22

20
SAN
R23

16
SAN
R24

Ret
SYD
R25

6
SYD
R26

8
11th 2004
2011 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1

YMC
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

BAR
R7

BAR
R8

BAR
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HID
R12

HID
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

QLD
R18

PHI
R19

BAT
R20

SUR
R21

SUR
R22

SYM
R23

SYM
R24

SAN
R25

SAN
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

14th
2012 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
PHI
R10
PHI
R11
HID
R12
HID
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
QR

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22
SUR
R23
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
SYD
R29
SYD
R30
15th
2013 Kelly Racing Nissan L33 Altima ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
PUK
R6
PUK
R7
PUK
R8
PUK
R9
BAR
R10
BAR
R11
BAR
R12
COA
R13
COA
R14
COA
R15
COA
R16
HID
R17
HID
R18
HID
R19
TOW
R20
TOW
R21
QLD
R22
QLD
R23
QLD
R24
WIN
R25
WIN
R26
WIN
R27
SAN
R28

BAT
R29

SUR
R30

SUR
R31

PHI
R32
PHI
R33
PHI
R34
SYD
R35

SYD
R36

23rd
2014 Kelly Racing Nissan L33 Altima ADE
R1
ADE
R2
ADE
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
SYM
R6
WIN
R7
WIN
R8
WIN
R9
PUK
R10
PUK
R11
PUK
R12
PUK
R13
BAR
R14

BAR
R15

BAR
R16

HID
R17
HID
R18
HID
R19
TOW
R20

TOW
R21

TOW
R22

QLD
R23
QLD
R24
QLD
R25
SMP
R26
SMP
R27
SMP
R28
SAN
QR

SAN
R29

BAT
R30

SUR
R31

SUR
R32

PHI
R33
PHI
R34
PHI
R35
SYD
R36
SYD
R37
SYD
R38
10th
2015 Kelly Racing Nissan L33 Altima ADE
R1
ADE
R2
ADE
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
SYM
R6
BAR
R7

BAR
R8

BAR
R9

WIN
R10
WIN
R11
WIN
R12
HID
R13
HID
R14
HID
R15
TOW
R16
TOW
R17
QLD
R18

QLD
R19

QLD
R20

SMP
R21
SMP
R22
SMP
R23
SAN
QR

SAN
R24

BAT
R25

SUR
R26

SUR
R27

PUK
R28
PUK
R29
PUK
R30
PHI
R31
PHI
R32
PHI
R33
SYD
R34
SYD
R35
SYD
R36
12th
2016 Kelly Racing Nissan L33 Altima ADE
R1
ADE
R2
ADE
R3
SYM
R4
SYM
R5
PHI
R6
PHI
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HID
R12
HID
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
QR

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

SUR
R23

PUK
R24
PUK
R25
PUK
R26
PUK
R27
SYD
R28
SYD
R29
10th
2017 Kelly Racing Nissan L33 Altima ADE
R1

11
ADE
R2

222
SYM
R3

13
SYM
R4

16
PHI
R5

5
PHI
R6

10
BAR
R7

18
BAR
R8

19
WIN
R9

13
WIN
R10

Ret
HID
R11
HID
R12
TOW
R13

TOW
R14

QLD
R15

QLD
R16

SMP
R17

SMP
R18

SAN
QR

SAN
R19

BAT
R20

SUR
R21

SUR
R22

PUK
R23

PUK
R24

NEW
R25

NEW
R26

13th
2018 Kelly Racing Nissan L33 Altima ADE
R1
ADE
R2
MEL
R3
MEL
R4
MEL
R5
MEL
R6
SYM
R7
SYM
R8
PHI
R9
PHI
R10
BAR
R11
BAR
R12
WIN
R13
WIN
R14
HID
R15
HID
R16
TOW
R17
TOW
R18
QLD
R19

QLD
R20

SMP
R21
BEN
R22
BEN
R23
SAN
QR

SAN
R24

BAT
R25

SUR
R26

SUR
R27

C
PUK
R28
PUK
R29
NEW
R30
NEW
R31
18th
2019 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden ZB Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
MEL
R3
MEL
R4
MEL
R5
MEL
R6
SYM
R7
SYM
R8
PHI
R9
PHI
R10
BAR
R11
BAR
R12
WIN
R13
WIN
R14
HID
R15
HID
R16
TOW
R17

22
TOW
R18

9
QLD
R19

17
QLD
R20

20
BEN
R21
BEN
R22
PUK
R23
PUK
R24
BAT
R25

SUR
R26

SUR
R27

SAN
QR

SAN
R28

NEW
R29
NEW
R30
28th 643
Tickford Racing Ford Mustang GT ADE
R1
ADE
R2
MEL
R3
MEL
R4
MEL
R5
MEL
R6
SYM
R7
SYM
R8
PHI
R9
PHI
R10
BAR
R11
BAR
R12
WIN
R13
WIN
R14
HID
R15
HID
R16
TOW
R17
TOW
R18
QLD
R19
QLD
R20
BEN
R21
BEN
R22
PUK
R23
PUK
R24
BAT
R25

20
SUR
R26

4
SUR
R27

5
SAN
QR

8
SAN
R28

21
NEW
R29
NEW
R30
2020 Tickford Racing Ford Mustang GT ADE
R1

ADE
R2

MEL
R3

MEL
R4

MEL
R5

MEL
R6

SMP1
R7

SMP1
R8

SMP1
R9

SMP2
R10

SMP2
R11

SMP2
R12

HID1
R13

HID1
R14

HID1
R15

HID2
R16

HID2
R17

HID2
R18

TOW1
R19

TOW1
R20

TOW1
R21

TOW2
R22

TOW2
R23

TOW2
R24

BEN1
R25

BEN1
R26

BEN1
R27

BEN2
R28

BEN2
R29

BEN2
R30

BAT
R31

7
32nd 192
2021 Team 18 Holden ZB Commodore BAT
R1
BAT
R2
SAN
R3
SAN
R4
SAN
R5
SYM
R6
SYM
R7
SYM
R8
BEN
R9
BEN
R10
BEN
R11
HID
R12
HID
R13
HID
R14
TOW
R15
TOW
R16
TOW2
R17
TOW2
R18
TOW2
R19
SYD1
R20
SYD1
R21
SYD1
R22
SYD2
R23
SYD2
R24
SYD2
R25
SYD3
R26
SYD3
R27
SYD3
R28
SYD4
R29

PO
SYD4
R30

PO
BAT
R31

16
40th 114

Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2006 Brad Jones Racing Ford Falcon BA Australia Dale Brede
New Zealand Mark Porter
DNF 59
2007 WPS Racing Ford Falcon BF Australia Grant Denyer 15th 159
2008 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VE Australia Lee Holdsworth DNF 139
2009 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VE Australia Lee Holdsworth 3rd 161
2010 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VE Australia Greg Ritter 10th 161
2011 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VE Australia Marcus Marshall 10th 161
2012 Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden Commodore VE Australia Greg Ritter 5th 161
2013 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt 25th 147
2014 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 Australia Dean Fiore 15th 158
2015 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 Australia Dean Fiore 13th 161
2016 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 Australia Dean Fiore 8th 161
2017 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 Australia Dean Fiore 6th 161
2018 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 Australia Dean Fiore DNF 69
2019 Tickford Racing Ford Mustang Mk.6 Australia Cameron Waters 20th 148
2020 Tickford Racing Ford Mustang Mk.6 Australia Lee Holdsworth 7th 161
2021 Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden Commodore ZB Australia Mark Winterbottom 16th 161
2022 Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden Commodore ZB Australia Mark Winterbottom 15th 161

† Porter was the entered driver but was killed in a support race. Caruso would replace him.

References

  1. ^ a b http://www.michaelcaruso.com.au/about/ About Michael Caruso
  2. ^ http://www.speedsport-magazine.com/race-driver-database/biography/Michael-Caruso-,2171.html Speedsport Magazine Driver Database Profile
  3. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Tuckey, Bill (2013). The official history of The Great Race Bathurst : 50 years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 9780980591231.
  4. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4.
  5. ^ "Nissan confirms Kelly Racing V8 Supercars entry". Speedcafe.com. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Moffat leads Nissan one-two at Winton". SpeedCafe. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  7. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (6 March 2016). "Percat wins chaotic rain hit Clipsal 500". Speedcafe. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  8. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (18 June 2016). "Caruso breaks win drought in Darwin opener". Speedcafe. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Kelly Racing confirms Caruso departure". 30 January 2019.

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