Caruso, 30, has had a number of highlights during the 2013 season, including five top 10 finishes in his #36 Norton-sponsored Nissan.
Caruso finished 7th, Rick and Todd Kelly were 9th and 10th respectively.
Norton-backed driver James Moffat took a fine seventh place finish in today’s second race, one place ahead of Jack Daniel’s Racing team-mate Rick Kelly.
“Really exciting day for us because we had the ability to win"
James Moffat and Taz Douglas were the best of the Nissan Altimas in 18th place after a trying day.
Tomorrow, the Nissan Motorsport will be on track at 10.05am AEST for practice, while on Sunday, a final practice will be held at 7.25am ahead of ‘The Great Race’ at 10.30am.
In a tough race for the new V8 Supercars squad, Kelly claimed his 11th place result was “almost like a win” after a tough day at the office.
After asserting themselves as midfield contenders in qualifying, Russell brought the black Altima home in 15th place during his qualifying race.
Moffat finished 11th and eighth today, following on from his landmark race win yesterday – Nissan’s first win in Australian Touring Car Championship for 21 years.
James Moffat and Nissan Motorsport have made Australian sports history at Winton Raceway today, claiming Nissan’s first race win in Australian Touring Car racing in 21 years.
The four-car factory outfit conducted a two day test at Winton last week, clocking up over 2000km between the four cars.
The Nissan Motorsport team will enjoy its first test since racing the new Nissan Altimas at Winton Motor Raceway in two weeks.
Two qualifying sessions and two 100km races will round out the Queensland Raceway event tomorrow.
Moffat and Kelly finished 14th and 15th in the 200km race, with their Nissan team-mates Rick Kelly and Michael Caruso taking 20th and 23rd respectively.
The Nissan team has a positive day in the Sucrogen Townsville 400, and look forward to Sunday's action on the street circuit.
Two of the four Nissan Motorsport Altimas will compete in a new, sharper look at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 this weekend.
Nissan Motorsport will take away sweet and sour memories from Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Northern Territory.
All four Nissan Altima drivers finished inside the top 10.
At the stunning Circuit of the Americas facility in Austin, Texas, Kelly took his Nissan Altima to two more top 10 results.
V8 Supercars Championship will be staging its first event on United States soil.
The results makes it seven top 10 finishes for the Altima in the Japanese car company's return to top-level Australian Touring Car racing this year.