Nissan Motorsport will retain the same driver line-up as it looks forward to its second year of competition in the V8 Supercars Championship in its comeback to the series.
The team has today announced that Michael Caruso will remain with the factory squad, with he and James Moffat piloting the Norton-sponsored Altimas, while brother and team co-owners Rick and Todd Kelly will drive the sister cars with Jack Daniel’s backing.
While the Kelly brothers and Moffat were long-confirmed for 2014, Caruso’s deal has remained in limbo for some months while the team finalised its commercial package for the following season.
The one-time race-winner has borne the brunt of the team’s troubles this year with seven DNFs and five top-ten finishes all season. The only highlight was a rather flukey second-placed finish at Winton in August, where he followed home teammate Moffat in a surprise 1-2 result.
“Stability is absolutely critical in Nissan’s return to the category, and that exactly what we’ll have for next year.
“I’m very excited and it’s a nice bonus to announce it here at the Sydney 500. It’s my home event and to tell my home town followers that I’m going to continue on in the same team next year is perfect.”
Despite the team’s sole win at Winton, the four-car outfit has often struggled for competitiveness in 2013, a fact that has finally – after much analysis – been attributed to the Altima’s poor aerodynamics.
The team has been given the go-ahead to recalibrate its aero package for the 2014 season, which should hopefully see the black and yellow cars further up the grid.