Speed FX Racing has appointed former Australian Formula 3 and National Karting champion Michael Caruso to pilot its Decina Falcon in the 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series. The Decina Racing Falcon will be based in Sydney for 2006 and will be ...
Speed FX Racing has appointed former Australian Formula 3 and National Karting champion Michael Caruso to pilot its Decina Falcon in the 2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
The Decina Racing Falcon will be based in Sydney for 2006 and will be campaigned by Speed FX Racing, which officially returns to V8 Supercar racing after a year away from the sport.
After a year long hiatus Caruso is champing at the bit to get behind the wheel of another Morton backed racer, and is excited with the pedigree of the Decina BA Falcon which is currently fighting for the 2005 HPDC V8 Supercar Series championship.
Caruso spent time in Italy during 2005 following his dream to race in a European Formula 3000 series, however a lack of funding saw him instead spend three months on the road working with the Astromega team as a mechanic before returning home.
It is with little regret that he moves back to Tin Tops, as he acknowledges after spending time overseas that the V8 Supercar series is one of the most evenly contested and competitive in the world.
"This is an amazing opportunity and I want to do the best job that I can in the car," Caruso said.
"Obviously to be at the front is where I am aiming for, but in saying that I want to take it one step at a time and having the opportunity to test the car this week is fantastic as it will give me a chance to gain a little bit of an understanding of how a Falcon drives.
"I have been following the development series and the main game this year quite closely. Trying to break into Europe is obviously quite difficult especially with the money side of things and I have always wanted to make a career out of motor racing and Supercars has definitely always been in the mix for me.
"Since the two races at Adelaide and Wakefield Park in the development series and a few races in the Australian F3 championship, I haven't done that much racing so I can't wait to get back behind the wheel and get a full season under my belt.
"This is a massive opportunity and it really is it for my career," said Caruso.
"Next year is going to be a really big year and basically I have to go out there and show everyone what I have got.
"I just want to 100% concentrate on next year and do as well as I possibly can."
It won't be the first time Caruso has campaigned a V8 Supercar after driving a Young Lions entry for two rounds in the V8 development series in 2004; however it will be the young champion's first drive in a Ford.
The drive is the second time the 22 year Sydneysider has worked with Speed FX team boss Jim Morton and this new venture re establishes a ten year relationship between the two that has already enjoyed much success.
Caruso drove for both Morton's Karting teams, Dap Karts and his successful Tony Kart squad, during which time he captured a number of state titles as well as winning the Australian National Championship, the inaugural Ford Max Challenge and the North American National Championships in 1997.
"Michael and I have known each other for almost ten year's and out of all the drivers that I have been involved with I would have to rate him at the elite end," said Morton.
"With the changes for the Decina Racing team in 2006, which will include a new car colour scheme and basing the team back in Sydney, I believe Michael will fit in very well with what we are trying to achieve.
"There is no doubt he will be a fantastic ambassador for not only the team but also for the company."
Morton has always been credited with an eye for talent and his driver list over the past 15 years reads like a who's who of Australian motor sport talent. With the likes of Ford Performance Racing's Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom, Stone Brothers Racing's James Courtney, the Carrera Cup's Alan Gurr, Leanne Ferrier and speedway champion Adam Clarke all among those who have driven for Morton at some point in their career.
Caruso will familiarise himself with the Decina BA Falcon this week when he joins current driver Warren Luff, who is running second in the 2005 championship just 21 points behind the championship leader with just the final round of the series at Phillip Island to go.
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