SPEED FX RACING ADDS CULTURE TO V8 SUPERCAR SERIES Sydney V8 Supercar team Speed FX Racing will create Australian sporting history in 2006 when its lead driver Michael Caruso seats himself at the wheel of the Decina Falcon in the Fujitsu V8 ...
SPEED FX RACING ADDS CULTURE TO V8 SUPERCAR SERIES
Sydney V8 Supercar team Speed FX Racing will create Australian sporting history in 2006 when its lead driver Michael Caruso seats himself at the wheel of the Decina Falcon in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
While born and bred in and around Sydney's Northern Beaches, the talented young driver has a proud Italian heritage and will become one of only a handful of drivers of such denomination to grace circuits in the modern era of Australia's number one touring car series.
"I've never really thought of it that way but I'm very proud of my Italian heritage and it'll be great to be one of the representatives of the entire community in V8 Supercars," said an excited Caruso.
"Funnily enough I only recently returned from a stint overseas where I was involved with the Astromega F3000 team contesting the Italian Championship.
"That experience has given me a greater appreciation of what it takes to succeed in top level motorsport and I'm hoping it will assist me in ensuring Speed FX/Decina Racing is among the front-runners in this year's Fujitsu Series.
"My Dad, Mick is the team mechanic and I've got a long association with team owner Jim Morton so it's a real family affair."
Today the Internationally experienced 22 year-old assisted team owner Jim Morton in officially unveiling the new look Decina Falcon from their workshop in Mona Vale, on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
"We have taken a very different approach to our new colour scheme," said Morton.
"Our graphic designer, Peter Bryant who does all our flagship sponsors' design work has come up with a design that differs from the almost universal BA Falcon side colour triangles to a water wave approach."
The rolling out of the Speed FX Racing prepared machine marks the start of a campaign to claim the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Championship title in their quest to go one better following a second placing in the series last year.
Once again there's great anticipation surrounding the start of the season which begins on March 21 during Adelaide's Clipsal 500.
Already Caruso has the proven temperament and ability to secure instantaneous successes as shown by his outstanding F3 career, where he claimed the championship title in his first full season of competition, coupled with a win on debut in V8 Supercars during 2004.
"I believe what we'll be able to establish this year at Speed FX Racing, in a car of this pedigree, will certainly give me an opportunity to show my wares and I'm sure the wins will come," added Caruso.
"I haven't really sat down and thought about all my goals for the year but obviously I want to do the best job that I can and be at the front.
"But in saying that I want to take it one step at a time and having already had the opportunity to test the car a couple of times is fantastic.
"It's given me a chance to gain a little bit of an understanding of how the Decina Falcon drives because up until our first test late last year I hadn't even sat in a Ford before."
Morton has been equally impressed with the progress of Caruso and is in no doubt his outfit is more than capable of getting things right in Adelaide.
"I've known Michael for more than 10 years and during that time I've always found his focus and determination to be first rate," said Morton.
"His keenness to succeed is an over riding quality that I'm sure will hold him in good stead throughout the championship.
"The challenge has been put to him and he's taken the opportunity with open arms.
"It's a common resolve among the entire team to give Michael every possible chance.
"I'm sure with the support of everyone in Sydney and New South Wales we can count on some solid successes during 2006."
There'll be ample opportunities for locals to come along and support the Speed FX/ Decina Racing team during their 2006 campaign.
Caruso will be honing his skills at local circuits on no less than three occasions throughout the seven event Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series.
The team's test track at Goulburn's Wakefield Park will be the venue for a May 26-28 showdown, Oran Park on August 11-13 before the Series serves as the main curtain raiser to Bathurst's Super Cheap Auto 1000 on October 5-8.