- Drive Racing and Team Harvey Norman
Nissan Motorsport enters its sixth Supercars season with the Altima in 2018, keen to regroup from a trying ’17.
Having made progress to finish with a driver - Michael Caruso - in the top 10 of the championship for the first time in 2016, the squad had to settle for a best of 13th last year, again with Caruso.
Rick Kelly claimed his team’s only pole position, at Hidden Valley, while the Altimas were unable to reach the podium after Caruso took a race win in 2016.
Caruso and Kelly remain part of the driving line-up, joined by second-year international Simona De Silvestro and Andre Heimgartner, who returns to Supercars to replace the retiring Todd Kelly.
The outfit started its life as Kelly Racing back in 2009 when Todd and Rick Kelly decided to establish their own operation.
After running Holdens for four seasons, they helped bring Nissan into Supercars in 2013 with the Car of the Future platform, winning at Winton in that first year.
Nissan is no stranger to Australian Touring Car racing, the Japanese manufacturer having competed in the ATCC as a factory team under the late Howard Marsden from 1982-84.
It is perhaps best known for Gibson Motorsport’s operation in 1986-92 with the all-conquering Skyline GT-R.