FROM UPSIDE DOWN TO THE PODIUM GOES MICHAEL D'ORLANDO IN ST PETE
May 1, 2021
It was quite the scene in St Petersburg, FL last weekend with Michael d'Orlando in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship series of the Road to Indy, on the emotional rollercoaster that is motorsports. Looking to build on the solid results from the season opening event at Barber Motorsports Park, d'Orlando was met with some road blocks. Along the ride he found himself upside down but then followed it up with a spectacular recovery podium finish, all in a single day. It was an awesome display of perseverance, dedication, faith and confidence - the true traits of a race car driver.
SOLID START FOR MICHAEL D'ORLANDO AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
April 21, 2021
The 2021 Road to Indy season kicked off this weekend at the breathtaking scene of Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. Starting off his second full season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 class, Michael d'Orlando brought home a pair of top-10 finishes to shift the championship points tally into gear.
The three day event began on Thursday with an official day of practice, which began with a curve ball. An unfortunate logistics issue for tire availability forced the entire Road to Indy paddock scrambling to change strategies at the last minute for each of the three practice sessions, which ultimately set up the plan for the weekend.
BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES FOR NICK D'ORLANDO AT FRP SERIES OPENER
April 10, 2021
Nicholas d’Orlando has his sights set on a Formula Race Promotions F1600 series championship for 2021 and his performance at Carolina Motorsports Park this past weekend has proven he is a real contender. The 18-year-old rookie from Hartsdale, NY, brought home two dominating victories at the facility already dear to his heart.
d’Orlando returned to Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC for the first time since 2015, where he earned the United States MiniMax National Championship title in karting. This time, under the direction and support of Team Pelfrey, the goal was to achieve similar results on the new and improved resurfaced race car track in the season opener for the FRP series. The three-day event included a single test day and a single Qualifying run followed by three head-to-head races.
VICTORY FOR NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO IN CAREER DEBUT
April 1, 2021
After patiently waiting for all the pieces to come together for the start of his car racing career, Nicholas d’Orlando finally got the chance to hop into the race car seat for some competition. And the 17-year-old Hartsdale, New York native was impressive. d’Orlando kicked off the season with Florida-based Team Pelfrey, at the Hoosier Tires SCCA Majors event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA just over a week ago. After three days of head-to-head combat, d’Orlando finished the weekend in his #81 Formula F (F1600) car with the two fastest qualifying laps in his class, two podium finishes that included his first victory, and topped it all off with an SCCA track record.
The three-day event began slowly on Friday when the first and only official practice session was plagued by on-track incidents, leaving the grid with only a single hot lap for the day’s warm up. So it was unexpected when the rookie d’Orlando clocked in the second fastest lap in his class in the weekend’s first qualification session later that afternoon. But he also knew he had more to give.