It's reasonable for those relatively new to auto racing to ask, "Where does racing go-karts fit in this world?"

The answer is this: it virtually defines the success of any given driver in professional motorsport.

Karting is so important to racing that one could randomly point to any driver in F1, NASCAR, IndyCar, major league sports car racing - you name it - and for certain that driver began racing karts somewhere between the ages of 6 and 12.

Think about that.

In big-picture terms, karting is no different than Little League baseball. How many Major Leaguers did not play baseball at a young age?

Karting teaches all the fundamentals - esoteric as they may be to those not intimately knowledgeable of the sport - that must become second nature as a driver rises through the ranks: racecraft, emotional control, chassis set-up, car control skills, racing "wheel-to-wheel," team dynamics, safe driving (no, that's not an oxymoron), instantly and always changing situational awareness, money management (that means you, Mom and Dad!), communication skills… all those things you need to succeed are seeded, nurtured, practiced and learned in karting.

With very few exceptions, aspiring pro drivers who don't have a karting background begin their careers (Caution! Arcane racing metaphor ahead!) with 50lbs of extra ballast and a slowly deflating right-rear…

And that's how karting fits into the world of professional racing.

August 16, 2016

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It was a very busy 5-week schedule for the d’Orlando Racing squad, as Michael & Nicholas d’Orlando’s travels spanned 7 countries, 4 US states and 2 continents, but the dynamic duo were finally together again at Simraceway Performance Driving Center in Sonoma, CA for the 2016 Rotax US Grand Nationals. Competing separately since the Florida Winter Tour back in March, the Brothers d’Orlando were now competing on separate teams, but on track together, for the first time in their 8-year careers. Although they are a ‘house divided’, the boys were looking to work together to bring home another Rotax US Grand National championship title, and for Nicholas, a ticket for a spot to join his brother on Team USA at the Rotax Grand Finals in Italy this October.

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August 3, 2016

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It was a heartbreaking race weekend for Michael d’Orlando as he and the Birel Art Racing Team took on the final round of the CIK FIA European Championships in Genk, Belgium.. With a stellar field of 70+ world class drivers who were all within 1 second of each other, it would be a race weekend full of some hard fought battles combined with some bad luck that would prevent any chance of advancement for the young American driver into the PreFinal & Final events of the series’ Championship weekend. For Michael he gave it all he had with the incredible support of his Birel ART team but they would come up short as Michael’s race weekend would end early. But with the heartbreak, still came a learning experience.

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