November 19, 2016

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Nicholas d’Orlando and the J3 Competition team made their way to the bright lights of sin city last week for the US Open finally at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The Hartsdale, NY was looking for better luck this time around as Nicholas raced at the Rio in last year’s US Open in the Mini Max category but the dice did not roll in his favor as he had some bad luck with engine failure in the final prior to turning one competitive lap. Ending Nicholas’ championship hopes after leading the points going into the race which saw him ultimately finish up third in the Championship. 

This time Nicholas was hoping his luck would change and he would hit the jackpot with his COMPKART chassis as he looked to whip away last year’s disappointment and come up big in Las Vegas against 35 of the best Max Junior drivers in the world. Things would look good early on as Nicholas would keep his No.251 J3 Competition COMPART around the top 10 all day to close out Wednesday’s practice sessions.

Thursday would be another bright and sunny Las Vegas day as Nicholas would look strong during the morning practice sessions running 7th and 20th. He was looking for a good solid qualifying run in his No.251 J3 Competition COMPART but would end up 24th fastest in qualifying putting him in the 24th starting spot for Heat #1 for the last race of the day. Nicholas did not get the start he would have liked as he brought his No.251 J3 Competition COMPART to a 20th place finish.

Friday would see yet another gorgeous Las Vegas day for racing as this race day would be a full day of 3 Heat races as Nicholas and his J3 Competition Team were looking for strong finishes as position would be an important factor going into Saturdays final. Nicholas would start 20th in Heat Race #2 and finish up 19th. Despite some mechanical issues in Heat Race #3 Nicholas would start 16th and finish up 15th.  In Heat Race #4 the final race of the day Nicholas would start 15th and finish up the day in 13th putting him 17th overall for Saturdays final.

Saturdays weather would serve up a perfect Las Vegas day of racing for the US Open final at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.  As Nicholas along with 35 of the best Max Junior drivers would get ready to battle it out for top spot. Nicholas would start his No.251 J3 Competition COMPART 17th.  As the green flag fell Nicholas would do all he could to work his way up the field to 13th by lap 10.  It was not meant to be for the young gun from Hartsdale, NY yet again as he would hold on to finish up in 19th. As it was not the finish he and his J3 Competition Team were looking to bring home and finish out this year’s US Open and what has been a banner rookie Junior campaign for Nicholas.

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“Despite it not being the finish we were looking for I enjoyed racing at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino here in Las Vegas again,” said Nicholas d’Orlando. “I knew this group of Junior Max competitors were going to be very tough here.  I have had success and heartbreak here in the past and I was looking forward to continuing that success this weekend.  I am proud of my J3 Competition Team we did all we could to keep our COMPKART chassis up front and tried to make some magic happen this weekend but it was not meant to be.”

Nicholas will head back to racing action in Las Vegas as he will end his 2016 season and take part in take part in the 20th edition of SuperSunday’s SKUSA Supernats at the Las Vegas Convention Center November 16-20th.

For more information on Nicholas d'Orlando, please visit Be sure to follow Nicholas on Facebook (Nicholas d'Orlando Racing), Twitter (@dorlandoracing) and Instagram (@dorlandoracing) to stay up to date on news, information, photos and results.

Nicholas & d’Orlando Racing Enterprises would like to recognize our partners New York’s design/build contractor DB Collaborative ( and owner John Macones, for their support this year. Furthermore, Iona Prep School, Nick and his team at Westchester Boxing Academy, Adidas Motorsport for the awesome gear, Focused Project Management (, Kool Nerd Clothing, LLC ( and the continuous support and dedication of J3 Competition’s Jim & John Giacomelli and Justin Stefani.

About J3 Competition:
J3 Competition’s creation was inspired by the willingness to provide the best services and products within the karting industry. Since its inception in 2005, J3 Competition has captured ultimate victories and championships on and off the racetrack while simultaneously redefining the means the industry is judged by.  Located in Erie, Pennsylvania, J3 Competition successfully took a monumental step in 2015 with the CIK/FIA homologation of its very own chassis line – COMPKART. A revised and bold color scheme underscoring the company’s commitment is ushering in a new age, thus leading to another milestone for J3 Competition and the North American karting industry. A true flag bearer of professionalism with clear objectives to produce the best performing chassis and correlating service platforms is well underway at the newly enhanced J3 Competition.

For media information, contact:
Jayson Kaplan, d’Orlando Racing/Driven to Succeed, (704) 293-7508 or