Michael d'Orlando

Michael d'Orlando

ROAD TO INDY – COOPER TIRES USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP

Age: 18
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 158lbs

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, d’Orlando made his move into race cars in 2018. 

The 18-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, d’Orlando 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. 

Michael d’Orlando is poised to return to the 2021 Road to Indy Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship series, with Cape Motorsports.

Career Highlights:

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

News

MICHAEL D'ORLANDO AND CAPE MOTORSPORTS CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP IN ROAD TO INDY FOR 2021
February 16, 2021

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Michael d'Orlando and Indianapolis-based Cape Motorsports will continue their partnership in the 2021 season, in the Road to Indy's Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Building on their success in 2020, in a condensed COVID-affected season, the partnership proved to be successful for d'Orlando's development and showed some impressive results in d'Orlando's first full season of car competition.

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D'ORLANDO PODIUMS AT HOME RACE IN NEW JERSEY
October 16, 2020

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The Road to Indy driver development series took to the Thunderbolt circuit at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, NJ this past weekend making it one of the highest levels of open-wheel racing at the circuit in over a decade. Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship series driver, Michael d'Orlando, hopped on track in his DB Collaborative #4 race car prepared by Cape Motorsports, looking to continue his momentum following two podium appearances, including his first victory, in Mid-Ohio a few weeks ago. It was the first home town race for Michael d'Orlando in three years and the event was filled with anticipation, excitement and hard work.

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Upcoming Events
  • Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
    Barber Motorsports Park
    April 15-18, 2021
  • Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
    Streets of St. Petersburg
    April 23-25, 2021
  • Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
    Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit
    May 13-15, 2021
Upcoming Events

    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:

    IndyCar

    Driver Mentors:

    Daniel Ricciardo, Ayrton Senna, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel

    Hobbies:

    Creating/drawing/sketching/designing