NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO SELECTED TO COMPETE FOR LUCAS OIL KARTING SCHOLARSHIP SHOOTOUT
September 11, 2018
Nicholas d'Orlando has been selected by Lucas Oil Race School as one of only 30 finalists worldwide, for a chance to win a full scholarship to compete in the 2019 Lucas Oil Championship Series. This honor will be Nicholas' first opportunity in a race car as he moves from the world of karting to the next step in his career.
The panel of judges at Lucas Oil Race School carefully reviewed all the entries for their Lucas Oil Karting Scholarship Shootout and selected the 15-year-old Hartsdale, NY native, and former US national karting champion, to compete in the three-day event. The factory driver for the world-renowned Kart Republic karting race team is now moving his racing back to the US shores after two years of competition at the world's highest level of karting in the CIK FIA European Championship series. This opportunity with Lucas Oil Race School is the perfect start. The selected competitors, all with no previous competitive car racing experience, will descend upon Sebring International Raceway on December 12-14, 2018 for on- and off-track activities in the Lucas Oil Racing School fleet of Ray GR-RSC race cars, and training to determine who will earn one of the top-5 prizes, with the Champion earning a full season in the 2019 Lucas Oil Championship Series worth over $75,000!
SILLY SEASON IS VERY SERIOUS FOR MICHAEL D'ORLANDO
September 10, 2018
At the end of every season, race teams and personnel across all platforms of motorsports start shifting their focus on next year, digging deep into fact finding, working deals and jockeying for the right drivers to give their programs the best chance for results the following season. This is what they call the "Silly Season" and it's just as important for a driver at this time to do their part to give themselves the best chance for the right opportunity. So now, as Michael d'Orlando enters the silly season, he's working just as hard off the track as he does when he's on the track.
Michael's rookie season in the Mazda Road to Indy (MRTI) Driver Development Program consisted of only four of the seven events in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda series. His results & progress in such a short time period, with limited previous experience. prove that he will be a player in the game for 2019. But sitting on the sidelines, waiting, is not where things happen and nor will you find him a simple spectator.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO ON THE MOVE AT MID-OHIO
August 6, 2018
When you only get four opportunities in a year to gain race experience and also compete against some of North America's top, and increasingly experienced competition, you're forced to learn fast. After developing his skills in gokarts over the past 10 years, where big budgets provide ample opportunity for other competition, Michael d'Orlando has mastered the ability of a quick learner.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO LOOKS TO CARRY MOMENTUM INTO MID-OHIO
July 24, 2018
Coming off a sixth place finish at Road America a few weeks ago, in only his third race weekend in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series Powered by Mazda, Michael d'Orlando continued to show his potential at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the official test of the Mazda Road to Indy (MRTI) driver development program. Showing strong results, including a 4th and 2nd fastest lap time in two of the practice sessions, the 16-year-old Hartsdale, NY native will now shift his focus to the upcoming race weekend at the same venue.