Caruso Profile 2015
DOB : 25 / 5 / 1983
Residence : Melbourne
Hometown : Sydney
Current series / team : V8 Supercars Nissan Motorsport
Junior club / age started : Combined Districts Kart Club/ 12 years old.
Favorite track : Bathurst
Non-racing hobby : Football, Cycling
About : Now in his eighth year of V8 Supercar competition, Caruso is the current pilot of the #23 Nissan Nismo, one of the more promoted personalities in pit lane.
Caruso’s competitive racing career though began at the age of 11 in karting with achievements in state and national championships, including the Toyota Premier State Cup Series Junior Championship, the Australian Junior Intercontinental ‘A’ Championship and the North American Junior Championship in Charlotte USA.
Winning the 2000 Ford Max Challenge (the Formula Ford Scholarship Series) gave Caruso the much sort after step up to the national Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2001, then Formula Three in 2002 before winning the F3 title the following year with seven podium finishes.
Despite offers to move to Europe in 2004, Caruso still ventured there temporarily for three months, working with the Astromega F3000 Team and the MRD Motorsport Formula Renault Team. Such vital experience was brought back to Australia when in 2004 he began his V8 Supercar career in the development series.
With engineering prowess and gifted driving ability, Caruso earned a runner-up placing in the 2007 “feeder” series, which was enough to earn a berth in the V8 Supercar main game with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2008.
After 159 competition starts, four podium finishes – including a third place at the coveted Bathurst 1000 – the championship race winner from Sydney has now built a profile that sees the 29-year-old as the first choice for the V8 Supercars host broadcaster, Seven Network, when using drivers as part of their guest reporter line-up.
As a Factory backed Nissan Motorsport Driver, Michael Caruso has already seen success in 2014 achieving Pole Position and 3rd overall in the V8 Supercars Challenge at the prestigious Australian Grand Prix. There is no doubt that Caruso’s star will continue to rise in both on-track success and public notoriety as the season continues.