Larry Caruso

Inducted 2019

 

Larry Caruso must have had the coolest mom when he was a teenager. He took her big-block Chevelle drag racing in the late 1960s at St. Thomas and the seed for racing was planted. From that time up to the present, he has played a role in Canadian motorsport, with decades of driving, crewing, and team ownership to a wide variety of oval track and road circuit cars.

Before racing in the Rothmans Porsche Series and the Player’s Ltd GM Motorsport Series in the late 1980s, before a first-place finish in the Firestone Firehawk Nationals at Mosport in 1991, before driving in the CASCAR Super Series starting in 1998, Caruso crewed for noted oval track driver Earl Ross, including Ross’ NASCAR Winston Cup victory at Martinsville, the only Canadian to win a race at this level.

Caruso started the new century racing in the Western Legend Car Series from his Calgary base before returning to Ontario with a Porsche on road courses. In 2018, he placed first in class in his GT3 Cup car during the Can-Am Challenge at CTMP and continues with racing the famous German marque as team/program manager and driver for Roadsport Ariel Ltd.

Caruso has been behind the scenes as well in his career, mentoring new drivers as a coach and instructor in the Nissan Micra Cup Series, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Series, and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

Along with motorsport, Caruso has succeeded in other fields. He is an accomplished pilot and has been a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance for over 40 years.