Long-serving Nissan Supercars driver Caruso misses out on 2019 seat

Michael Caruso has missed out on a spot on the 2019 Supercars grid after failing to agree a new deal with Kelly Racing

Long-serving Nissan Supercars driver Caruso misses out on 2019 seat

His six-year full-time stint with the former Nissan Motorsport squad has now come to an end as a result, in the wake of the carmaker's decision to end its factory support of the four-car team.

While no formal announcement has been made, the news is expected to be made official later this week.

The rebranded Kelly Racing outfit still has two yet-to-be-confirmed seats, with only Rick Kelly and Simona de Silvestro currently locked in.

Andre Heimgartner could still remain with the squad for a second season, while Garry Jacobson has been linked to a first full campaign after driving for the team at the enduros last year.

Caruso made his full-time Supercars debut with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2008, before switching to Nissan Motorsport when the factory deal first kicked in for the '13 season.

His two Supercars race wins both came at Hidden Valley in Darwin, the first in 2009 for GRM and the second in a Nissan in '16 (pictured above).

Kelly Racing will continue to operate the ex-factory Altimas this season, and last month got approval to make changes to the car's aero package.

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