NISSAN MOTORSPORTS

May 21, 2013

NISSAN MOTORSPORT ACHIEVES BEST RESULTS YET IN TEXAS

2013 V8 Supercars Championship Race Report

TEXAS, North America (May 19th, 2013) - Nissan Motorsport driver Rick Kelly has vaulted himself into 12th place in the V8 Supercars Championship after his best event of the 2013 season. At the stunning Circuit of the Americas facility in Austin, Texas, Kelly used the ghome ground advantage" in his Nissan Altima to take four top-10 race results, including two fifth-place qualifying efforts and a sixth-place race finish.

They represent the best qualifying and race results so far in Nissan's return to top-level Australian motorsport. The improving pace of the new V8 Supercars entrant has confirmed the Nissan Altima as an emerging threat in the V8 Supercars Championship.

Adding to Rick's top-10 haul was a 10th-place finish for James Moffat in Saturday's second race. Other encouraging results included top-10 qualifying results for Todd Kelly (ninth for Sunday's first race) and Michael Caruso (ninth for Sunday's second race).

The Austin 400 was the first event for the championship in North America, with organizers announcing that a crowd of 68,891 spectators flocked to the Circuit of The Americas over the three days. It was also significant for Nissan Motorsport as the Altima was originally designed and constructed in the United States of America. The car is one of America's most popular road vehicles and will come to Australian roads in the fourth quarter of this year.

The next event of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship will be held at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway on June 14-16.

Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“To find some points this weekend and do our best to stay out of trouble whilst we've got such a great car is very exciting. The team has worked so hard to deliver this project, it's really good to be able to deliver that solid result for them and they should hold their heads high with that. We've got a great team, the Altima was fantastic all weekend, and we tuned it really well. All the stops were great; everything really went to plan this weekend. Obviously the straight line is still hurting us here and the other frustrating thing is we got ran off in three out of the four races by the same guy and not much has been done about that, which is a little disappointing. All in all we've got to really happy with that - and we learned so much. The next round might be a little bit tougher for us, but I'm really glad we made some good progress while we had the car to do it.‘

James Moffat - #360 Norton Nissan Altima
“We just dropped the ball today. We qualified poorly, had a few issues in Qualifying 1, which led into Qualifying 2. We just lost the balance of the car overnight, thinking we were doing the right things but they didn't work. When you qualify 22nd for the last race, it's so hard to recover. I got turned around and I was in last place for a bit. The Safety Car did help us, but I'm frustrated, because I feel like we haven't really ended it the way we should have. The positive for today is that I managed to collect two mid-field finishes. We salvaged some points, but I would have liked a few more.‘

Todd Kelly - #7 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“It wasn't that good a run in qualifying for that second session so I started back a bit and we're just so vulnerable at the start of the race and in the opening laps on restarts at the moment, but once everything settles in the cars are really quite unbelievable. Overall it's good in some ways and quite disappointing in others. The pace that we've got with the deficiency we've got in other areas is outstanding, so there's a huge amount of potential there. I'd go as far as saying that Rick would have near been on the front row if we had the amount of time that everyone else has to develop the engine, so a huge amount of potential and when we get that sorted out it will be a really good package.‘

Michael Caruso - #36 Norton Nissan Altima
“It's very frustrating. We had an extremely good car, which was displayed in the last race where I qualified ninth. The lap time that I could do in that second race was pretty good, so it's frustrating because we were running strong. Getting taken out is never nice. We're going through a rough patch at the moment, but the positives are that the speed is there. We just need a little bit of luck to go our way, and hopefully it's just around the corner.‘

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[ Race Results ] - Race 13
Pos No Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 1 Holden Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 44'20.8481
2 888 Holden Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 0.9031
3 14 Holden Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 8.6282
4 6 Ford Will Davison Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford 12.6897
5 2 Holden Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 14.3523
6 15 Nissan Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 15.5189
16 360 Nissan James Moffat Norton 360 Racing 40.4929
20 36 Nissan Michael Caruso Norton 360 Racing 43.0457
25 7 Nissan Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 1'18.2762
[ Race Results ] - Race 14
Pos No Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 1 Holden Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 43'16.6492
2 888 Holden Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 1.0981
3 14 Holden Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 10.6924
4 19 Holden Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports 10.8520
5 97 Holden Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO Team VIP 11.1946
8 15 Nissan Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 17.0774
10 360 Nissan James Moffat Norton 360 Racing 20.8735
15 36 Nissan Michael Caruso Norton 360 Racing 32.5612
16 7 Nissan Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 34.2160
[ Race Results ] - Race 15
Pos No Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 14 Holden Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 45'24.8160
2 888 Holden Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 0.9400
3 1 Holden Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 2.5473
4 19 Holden Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports 5.1603
5 97 Holden Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO Team VIP 10.4710
9 15 Nissan Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 13.7900
14 7 Nissan Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 22.9028
15 36 Nissan Michael Caruso Norton 360 Racing 23.5214
17 360 Nissan James Moffat Norton 360 Racing 24.1728
[ Race Results ] - Race 16
Pos No Machine Driver Team Time / Behind
1 1 Holden Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia 47'20.7324
2 14 Holden Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing 2.7661
3 97 Holden Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO Team VIP 8.3609
4 2 Holden Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 10.5926
5 888 Holden Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia 11.3843
8 15 Nissan Rick Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 14.9314
14 360 Nissan James Moffat Norton 360 Racing 25.6506
19 7 Nissan Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 32.2471
24 36 Nissan Michael Caruso Norton 360 Racing 1'04.9939

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