Michael d'Orlando

Michael d'Orlando

ROAD TO INDY – COOPER TIRES USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP

Born: March 6, 2002
Height: 6' 4"

Michael d’Orlando is one of the United States’ top motorsports talents making his mark on the open wheel car racing scene around North America.   After a nine year career in karting, working his way up to the world championship level, Michael made his move into race cars in 2018. 

The 20-year-old American from Hartsdale, NY began kart racing at the age of six ,at Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, NY.  He earned an extensive resume at the national and international level, including multiple championship titles. The culmination of his karting career was capped off as a factory team driver for the world-renowned Birel ART racing team based in Italy.

Michael transitioned from karts to cars, in a limited capacity, in 2018 when he competed in only four events of the Road to Indy Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship series.  In 2019, he competed in only four events in the F4 United States Championship series.  With such limited experience, he caught the attention of many, with two top-6 finishes in USF2000 and a podium at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, in front of a packed stadium with fans for the United States Formula 1 Grand Prix.

For the 2020 season, which was drastically delayed and condensed due the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael returned to the Road to Indy Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship series, for his first full season of car racing.  Under the direction and support of Indianapolis-based Cape Motorsports race team, one of the most accredited race teams in the Road to Indy, the partnership resulted in five podium appearances, including his maiden victory in open-wheel car racing.  This success earned him 4th place overall in the Drivers’ Championship, just slightly behind of the highly experienced top-3 competitors. 

For his first two full seasons of car competition in 2020 and 2021, Michael joined Indianapolis-based Cape Motorsports, one of the most accredited race teams in the Road to Indy.  The 2021 season was drastically delayed and condensed due the COVID-19 pandemic, but ultimately his results earned him 4th place overall in the Drivers’ Championship, including his first victory, just slightly behind the highly experienced top-3 competitors. In 2021, Michael was a front-runner in almost all series’ weekend events, bringing home 3 wins, 5 pole positions, 8 podiums and 2 USF2000 qualifying track records, ultimately earning the 2021 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Vice-Champion title.

Michael returns to the Cooper Tires USF 2000 Championship in 2022, under the continued direction of Cape Motorsports, in pursuit of the championship scholarship to continue up the Road to Indy ladder towards a career in INDYCAR.

Career Highlights:

  • 2021 Road to Indy’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – Vice Champion in Driver Championship (3 victories, 8 podium appearances, 5 pole positions, 2 qualifying track records)
  • 2020 Road To Indy Fourth Overall Driver Championship (1 victory, 5 podium appearances)
  • 2017 Top-15 CIK FIA World Championships, Kristianstad, Sweden
  • Factory Team Driver for Birel ART racing team, Lissone, Italy
  • 2014 Nominated #1 cadet driver in North America by both Kart360.com and KartRank.com 
  • SuperKarts! USA Pro Tour Vice-Champion
  • Florida Winter Tour Vice-Champion
  • 2x Florida Winter Tour Champion
  • 2x US Rotax Grand Nationals Vice-Champion
  • US Rotax Grand National Mini MAX
  • 2x Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Grand Finals Team USA member

News

MICHAEL D'ORLANDO TAKES THE BATTLE TO PORTLAND TO EARN USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
September 19, 2022

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In one of the most exciting and intense championship finales in series history, Michael d’Orlando may have been the underdog heading into the triple-header weekend at Portland International Raceway, but when the dust settled he stood on the top step of the podium and center stage as the 2022 Cooper Tires USF2000 Champion!

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MICHAEL D'ORLANDO CONTINUES WINNING MOMENTUM AT MID-OHIO
July 13, 2022

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It's another successful venture for Michael d’Orlando in a triple-header weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.  The 20-year-old Hartsdale, NY native brought home his fourth and fifth pole positions, his seventh podium and his third victory of the season.  The drivers’ championship fight is tight as he shifts focus to the streets of Toronto this weekend, with only five race events remaining on the calendar for this year. Things are really heating up as the series heads north of the border for the first time since 2018.

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    Name:

    Michael d'Orlando

    Birthdate:

    March 6, 2002

    Hometown:

    White Plains, New York

    Hair:

    Brown

    Eyes:

    Blue

    Parents:

    Michael and Sherri d'Orlando

    Siblings:

    Nicholas

    Racing Series:

    2021 Road to Indy – Team Cooper Tire USF2000 Championship

    Racing Goals:

    To be a full time driver in IndyCar and Indy 500 winner

    Driver Mentors:

    Daniel Ricciardo / Sebastian Vettel

    Hobbies:

    Working on my street car, playing video games, working out