The Nissan Motorsport outfit will field an identical driver line-up for the third year in a row after announcing the re-signing of Michael Caruso on a new multi-year deal.

The 31-year-old remains alongside team owner/driver siblings Rick and Todd Kelly, along with James Moffat, whose re-signing was confirmed earlier this year.

Caruso is the best-placed of the Japanese marque’s four-car stable in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship standings, currently placed twelfth overall with two top-five finishes. He looked well placed to claim his first win of the season at Queensland Raceway until he made contact with Scott McLaughlin as the pair disputed the race lead.

His sole career victory came in 2009 when driving for Garry Rogers Motorsport, from whom he switched to join Nissan when it returned to the Australian touring car scene in 2013 after a twenty-year absence.

Michael CarusoCaruso has raced in a Norton-backed Nissan Altima alongside Moffat for the past two seasons, but the recently announced departure of the duo’s naming rights’ sponsor had raised suggestions – now no longer the case – that his seat was potentially in jeopardy.

“I’m very excited. It’s fantastic that I can stay along this path with Nissan,” Caruso said of his re-signing. “The team is currently going through some changes on the commercial front, but the great thing is that the guys came to me straight away and locked me away. That was extremely comforting and it’s great that they had me in the forefront of their mind.

“We’ve put a lot of hard work into the team in the past couple of years and I know we have a great deal of success ahead of us.”

Images via Nissan Motorsports and V8 Supercars Media

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