AFTER two years in factory Nissan colours, the addition of Drive.com.au sees Michael Caruso’s Altima take on a splash of turquoise.
The Fairfax-owned automotive website joins Nissan NISMO as the primary backer of the No. 23, the new colours carried by a brand-new car built for the 2018 season.
“After a long off-season, the start of the year is always really exciting, I can’t wait to start racing again,” Caruso said.
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“All summer I’ve been closely watching the team as they’ve been building me a brand new Nissan to campaign.
“You don’t get a brand-new car every year, so it’s great to get to the first track day of the year and show the new colours off to the crowd.”
Shane Pettiona, Drive.com.au chairman, added: “Supercars has a passionate and extensive fan base that we look forward to engaging with on many levels.
“We want to bring value to the fans and we will launch a host of initiatives throughout the year that will make this partnership exciting for everyone.”
Caruso shook down the new car, given the chassis number KR-009, at Winton last week, but it will make its track debut in its new colours at Friday’s official pre-season test day at Sydney Motorsport Park.
He will continue with long-time race engineer Steven Todkill, this year marking their 11th season working together.
“We’ve been together that long that we are a bit like an old married couple now,” Caruso joked.
“In this game, that sort of continuity is really important.
“Steven is already coming at me with ideas to go faster, so we’ll have plenty of things to run though at today’s test.”