When Lady Luck Runs Amok
October 30, 2014

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In the racing world, sometimes Lady Luck can be a bummer.

At the Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge held at the GoPro Motorplex 30 miles north of Charlotte last weekend, the Brothers d'Orlando, Michael and Nicholas, got slapped around by the vagaries of luck. It's to their credit that after a heapin' helpin' of Lady Luck's Best Bad, they both put together stellar drives in the Mini Max final.

In Michael's case, the weekend actually started out brilliantly: In his three heats he took a third, a second and a first. Those efforts earned Michael the outside front row for the Pre-Final. Lookin' good... until lap two, when the engine up and quit, thank you very much, Ms. Luck.

Nicholas? Two top-fives and a 13th in the heats. Not bad for a Mini Max rookie up against an international field of star drivers. That put Nicholas on the inside of row four for the Pre-Final. Lookin' good... until a Turn Three multi-kart crash put an instant end to his race on the very first lap.

So they head to the 16-lap Final, Michael starting 21st, Nicholas alongside at 22nd. Never ones to quit or mail it in, here's where the boys turned some frowns upside down...

Before halfway, from the tail end of the grid, Michael had sliced his way into the top 10, all the while battling fellow Tony Kart-er Matthew Latifi. Even as first, second and third gapped the rest of the field, the two put on a terrific show working their way to the front. Michael even held fourth for a bit, but the leaders by this time were uncatchable and Michael went under the checkers fifth.

Nicholas produced a Final drive not quite as eye-catching, but he relentlessly scythed his way forward and could take some well-earned pride in getting himself into the top-10 (ninth) to take home a measure of success.

Up next for the d'Orlandos: The Superkarts! USA SuperNationals in Las Vegas, November 19-23, at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

Neither Michael nor Nicholas need good luck to win.

But they're likely hoping Lady Luck's bad side is looking the other way when they fire up the karts at the Rio.

Michael, Nicholas and d'Orlando Racing Corp., Inc. (DRC) would like to give a special thanks to Lane Office (, Integrity Consulting Group ( and Oakland Valley Race Park ( for their support. Also, a special Thanks to Koene Engines, Race Tech Development, and Team Koene USA's Mike Maurini and Martijn Koene as well as DRC's Adam Johnson for their continued hard work and support.

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