Formed in 2009, d’Orlando Enterprises is the home of two of North America’s top drivers in the junior levels of motorsports. Located in New York, competing with powerhouse teams on both North American and European soil, both d’Orlando pilots are turning heads at the highest level.
With racing in their blood and the sound of fast cars peaking interest at an early age, the d’Orlando boys quickly rose through the ranks of karting, starting at the early ages of five & six years old. The drivers learned to hone their skills at local, regional, national and international levels, with multiple championship titles to their credit, and are now standouts in the motorsports scene around the world. The brothers travel throughout North America and Europe competing with the best competition.
Height: 6' 1"
Michael d’Orlando, one of North America’s top young karting talents, is now making his move out of the karting scene into the open-wheel single-seater race car scene. His nine year career in karting was highly successful and he looks to continue that success on to the next level.
The 15-year-old American from Hartsdale, NY began racing at the age of six, and has posted countless wins at the national and international level, resulting in multiple national & international championship titles, in addition to earning such honors such as 2014 #1 North American driver of the year.
Michael’s breakout year was 2013 when he was a threat at every event he competed in. He earned the US Rotax Grand National Mini MAX Championship title putting him on Team USA for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) Micro & Mini Invitational. In the main event of the RMCGF, Michael was consistently posting fast lap after fast lap working through the field from seventh to fourth before unfortunate contact took him out of the race with only a couple laps remaining.
2014 continued to be a dominating year for Michael and in 17 races his results included six wins and a remarkable 13 top-five results. These impressive results, including the Florida Winter Tour TaG Cadet Champion, US Rotax Grand National Vice-Champion in Mini MAX and the SuperKarts! USA Pro Tour TaG Cadet Vice-Champion titles, set him above the rest and Michael would end the year nominated as the #1 cadet driver in North America by both Kart360.com and KartRank.com - the only driver nominated #1 by two media outlets that year. In addition, he was also nominated ekartingnews.com Driver of the Month for January.
Moving to the junior karting ranks in 2015, Michael was considered around the paddock one of the top rookies for the year, which would lay the groundwork for 2016. In 2016, he won the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Junior MAX Championship title, earning him a spot once again on Team USA for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, and he also earned the Florida Winter Tour TaG Junior Vice-Championship title. After the FWT series was completed, Michael joined Italy’s Birel ART factory racing team, which gave him the opportunity to compete at the highest level of karting competition in the world, in the CIK-FIA European Championships. Moving from continent to continent, Michael continuously adjusted to the unfamiliar racing style at circuits he had no previous experience on, while he also continued to be at the front of the fields in North America with a win at the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship event in Mont Tremblant, QC, and ultimately followed that up with another Vice-Champion honor at the US Rotax Grand Nationals, after blowing away the field in the Super Pole session by more than 4/10ths.
In 2017, Michael continued to show promise in European karting competitions, including a 15th place result at the world’s most difficult karting track at LaConca, Italy. After the summer competitions had concluded, Michael decided it was time to make the move to cars. For remainder of the year, he will shift his focus to transition into junior level open-wheel single-seater cars.
Michael’s racing resume is extensive and his personality makes him one of the most outstanding drivers on any grid. That winning combination is already turning heads with some of North America’s top racecar teams.
Height: 5' 9"
American racer, Nicholas d’Orlando, is a 14 year-old phenom who has been karting for over 9 years. The Hartsdale, NY native has proven to be one of North America's top young karting talents, with the skills, focus and dedication needed to compete and win at the highest level.
Nicholas' career began in 2008 when he stepped into a Comer 50 Kid Kart and the next four years he would hone his skills to compete at the national & international level. But it was in 2013 that Nicholas’ set the stage for his successful career. He scored the United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals Micro Max Vice-Champion title, subsequently earning his spot on Team USA for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Micro & Mini Invitational.
That success was followed up with two more very impressive years of multiple national and international titles, podiums and dominating performances, making him one of North America’s best karting talents. Moreover, his success broke records and set a new bar when his Florida Winter Tour Vortex TaG Cadet Championship podium would have him stand just two steps beside his brother, Michael – an honor never shared by brothers before at the event.
In 2015, Nicholas’ dominating performance at the US Rotax Grand Nationals would once again make the history books by having the first ever brothers share the US Rotax Mini Max National Champion title, after [brother] Michael earned the honor in 2014. Nicholas was, without a doubt, the US’ top driver in the Mini ranks.
2016 saw Nicholas graduate to the Junior category and he would not waste any time showing he was ready for the challenge and higher level of competition. Adapting very quickly to the faster speeds against the older and aggressive competitors with an impressive showing at the Florida Winter Tour including pole position qualifying efforts, heat race wins, and a podium finish. He continued to impress with victories in WKA Manufacturer’s Cup events, multiple Gear Up F1 Series events, and top-5 showings in the USPKS series. And to top it all off, he would close out the year at the Superkarts! USA Super Nationals in Las Vegas, NV with a third place podium finish at the world renowned competition.
Now, in 2017, Nicholas’ began the season in the US Junior classes but he and his d’Orlando Racing squad knew it was time to step it up a notch. Nicholas will make the move to join his brother Michael in European competition, where he will compete in the CIK European Championship events in the OK (senior) category.
Nicholas’ natural talent, outgoing personality and his success at every level he’s competed thus far has earned himself the reputation and consideration as one of North America’s top drivers. Stay tuned to www.dorlandoracing.com as he rises up the ranks in the world’s top competitions.