Dean Fiore is an Australian racing driver who most recently competed with Nissan full time in the Super2 Series and as an endurance co-driver in the Supercars Championship. He spent five full seasons in the Supercars Championship between 2009 and 2013, scoring no victories.
Earlier in a career, he was Australian Porsche Carrera Cup vice-champion in 2008 and two-time Western Australia Formula Ford champion in 2002 and 2003.
Two-time champion in the first two years of racing
Born in December 1983 in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, Dean Fiore started his racing career in 2002, driving for Fastlane Racing in the Western Australia Formula Ford. He won two championship title in two years, also making a debut in the Australian Formula Ford.
He progressed to the national level in 2004, scoring three wins and finishing sixth in the Australian Formula Ford. In 2005, he joined Sonic Motor Racing Services and finished fourth in the points although he didn't win a single race, scoring seven podiums.
Australian Porsche Carrera Cup vice-champion in 2008
Sonic recruited Fiore for their Porsche Carrera Cup team in 2006. At the wheel of the #15 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, Fiore finished eighth in the points after scoring one podium. He improved his results in 2007, scoring a victory in the fifth round at Oran Park Raceway and finishing fifth in the final standings.
His best Carrera Cup season followed in 2008 when he won four races in the #5 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, one win in the season-opening race at Adelaide and three wins at Mount Panorama's round. At the end of the season, he was second in the points, losing a title to Craig Baird.
Dean Fiore raced in Triple F Racing's #12 car from 2009 to 2012
Four V8 Supercars seasons with family team Triple F Racing
In 2009, it was a time to enter the major Australian competition, the V8 Supercars Championship. He joined Team Kiwi Racing to drive a Holden VE Commodore but after just three rounds the team collapsed. To save Dean's Supercars season, the Fiore family founded the Triple F Racing team, named after three brothers Dean, Paul and Todd who were racers.
In his debut season at the wheel of the #12 Holden VE Commodore, Fiore's best result was the 15th place at Surfers Paradise. In 2010, the team switched to Ford FG Falcon. The results were slightly better and he finished 25th in the points. Fiore spent two more seasons in the #12 Ford, finishing 27th in the championship in 2011 and 19th in 2012.
In 2013, Dean Fiore joined Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to drive the #88 Holden VF Commodore. After scoring just one result in the top 10, he finished 24th in the championship points. His endurance co-driver was Matt Halliday again. They retired at Bathurst 1000.
In 2012 and 2013, the Racing Entitlement Contract (REC) of Fiore's team was leased to Dick Johnson Racing. Then, after unsuccessfully trying to find sponsors, the REC was returned to championship organizers.
Dean Fiore (left) and Michael Caruso at Gold Coast podium in 2014
Maiden Supercars podium with Nissan at Surfers Paradise
The season 2013 was the last in which Fiore raced full time in the Supercars Championship. For 2014, he joined Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing to serve as an endurance co-driver to Michael Caruso in the #36 Nissan Altima.
They finished 18th at Sandown, 15th at Bathurst and then Fiore reached his first (and only so far) podium in Sunday's race at Surfers Paradise. They finished the race in the third place.
Partnership with Michael Caruso still lives
The partnership between Dean Fiore and Michael Caruso still lives in the #23 Nissan Altima. They were never on a podium again but improved their results at Bathurst 1000, finishing 13th in 2015, 8th in 2016 and sixth in 2017. In 2018, they didn't finish the race.
In other endurance races, the best result was the ninth place at Surfers Paradise and eleventh place at Sandown 500.
Dean Fiore (right) and Michael Caruso are racing together since 2014
Double programme with Nissan in 2018
While serving as an endurance co-driver to Caruso, Fiore occasionally raced in different competitions (Dunlop V8 Supercar Series, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, Bathurst 12 Hour, Australian Manufacturers Championship, Australian Production Car Series or Australian GT Championship).
He returned to full-time racing in 2016, spending a season in the Carrera Cup. At the wheel of the #8 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, he scored one podium to finish eighth in the points.
In 2017, he raced again on a part-time schedule and then returned to the full-time schedule in 2018, joining MW Motorsport in the Super2 Series. At the wheel of the #23 Nissan Altima, he was a race winner two times, at Perth and Bathurst, finishing seventh in the points.