NISSAN Motorsport’s Michael Caruso has received a welcome boost in the lead up to next month’s Bathurst 1000 as he has signed a new deal with the team.
The multi-year deal will see Caruso line up for his eighth full-time season in the championship.
Caruso remained the only Nissan driver out of a contract in the team prior to his resigning.
Caruso said it was great to remain part of a team that he believes will only continue to improve in the coming seasons.
“I’m very excited. It’s fantastic that I can stay along this path with Nissan. 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,” he said.
“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.”
Although his future with the team is secured Caruso still has Bathurst and the remainder of the current V8 Supercars season to focus on.
Caruso goes into the Bathurst 1000 as the team’s top driver of the season, currently sitting on 1328 points and 74 shy of a spot in the top 10.
He’s twice finished the season in 11th place and those 2009 and 2010 seasons remain his best results.
However, ha has achieved a pair of top five results this season but is hopeful that more good results come his way in his bid to set a personal best mark by the season’s end.
“It’s great to have my future secure, but I’ve still got this season to worry about. I’m currently 12th and one point off 11th and I’d love to finish inside the top 10 in the championship. That is definitely achievable, but it’s not going to come easy. We have to make it happen,” he said.
“We are progressing really well, we have lots happening behind the scenes and we’ll just continue to do the best we can.”
Caruso will be driving with Dean Fiore in the #36 entry for the Bathurst 1000.