MICHAEL D'ORLANDO EARNS FIRST CAREER FLORIDA WINTER TOUR VICTORY
March 19, 2013
"Team Koene USA member takes maiden victory in the TaG Cadet FWT finale"
Entering the final rounds of the Formula Kart weekend of the 2013 Florida Winter Tour, Michael d'Orlando had three podium results to his credit. Taking to the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida this past weekend, d'Orlando would add yet another second place podium result as well as earn his first career FWT victory in Sunday's final against a tight field of 31 competitors.
Taking a heat race win and scoring the pole position for the final, d'Orlando was able to hold onto the point through the opening complex of corners. Battling in the racy TaG Cadet class, d'Orlando would fight for the top spot until he was able to make a final pass in the closing circuits stick as he cruised to the stripe, throwing his arms up to celebrate his victory.
Younger brother Nicholas was also able to continue his breakout season, earning a solid top-ten finish in Sunday's main.
Both drivers will be back on track for a second consecutive weekend with Team Koene USA for the finale of the Rotax portion of the FWT schedule, with Michael gunning for more podiums in the competitive Rotax Mini Max class while Nicholas will see action in Rotax Micro Max.
You can follow Michael and Nicholas as they take on the demands of the Florida Winter Tour via FWT Live! coverage, which includes live video with multiple cameras around the track to take in all the action, live timing and scoring and audience interactivity. FWT Live! is available here: http://floridawintertour.com/fwtlive/2013.