February 16, 2012

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With unseasonably cold temperatures in the south Florida area, both Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando descended on the Homestead, Florida area for the third and fourth rounds of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour. Taking place at the Homestead Karting Complex, the J3 Competition Kosmic drivers showed the speed to run in the top half of the field and will now shift their focus to the Rotax weekend of competition.

"It was a great weekend of racing for our boys," expressed father Michael d'Orlando. "Though the temperatures were not what we expected, the on track action was intense and the competition is tough. This was our first experience at Homesteadand both of our boys performed well."

After qualifying eighth for Saturday's racing action, older brother Michael held station in the prefinal to garner an outside fourth row starting position. Though he was not at the front of the field, Michael did turn the fastest lap of the race, something to build on for the rest of the tour.

Looking to improve in the main event, Michael impressed as he moved forward but would run into some bad racing luck. Falling back by the time the checkered flag flew, the eldest d'Orlando would cross the stripe in the tenth position.

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Younger brother Nicholas, looking to follow in his brothers footsteps, qualified 18th for Saturday's action. After falling back to 20th in the prefinal, Nicholas was caught up in a mid-race incident to finish 23rd.

In a field of nearly 30 drivers, Michael impressed with a stout qualifying run to score the sixth quickest time of the day. Struggling in the prefinal and falling back to 17th, the J3 Competition driver drove forward in the main event to score a solid ninth place finish, another top ten in the TaG Cadet class.

Showing his consistency throughout Sunday, Nicholas qualified in the 21st position and maintained his position in the prefinal. With a blistering start for the main event, Nicholas drove forward to the 13th position on the opening lap but then contact would send him into the barriers and out of the race on the second circuit.

d'Orlando continued, "We will be heading back to Homestead this coming weekend for Rotax Micro Max action, and will be looking to leave South Florida with solid results and maintain our championship points positions heading to the final round in Ocala in mid-March."

Michael currently sits in the in the sixth position in Vortex TaG Cadet points battle while younger brother Nicholas has shown great potential and constant improvement in only his second Vortex Mini Rok event.

Michael and Nicholas would like to thank J3 Competition as well as tuners Chris Wehrheim and Adam Johnson for a pair of solid weekends.

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