September 9, 2018

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At the end of every season, race teams and personnel across all platforms of motorsports start shifting their focus on next year, digging deep into fact finding, working deals and jockeying for the right drivers to give their programs the best chance for results the following season. This is what they call the "Silly Season" and it's just as important for a driver at this time to do their part to give themselves the best chance for the right opportunity. So now, as Michael d'Orlando enters the silly season, he's working just as hard off the track as he does when he's on the track.

Michael's rookie season in the Mazda Road to Indy (MRTI) Driver Development Program consisted of only four of the seven events in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda series. His results & progress in such a short time period, with limited previous experience. prove that he will be a player in the game for 2019. But sitting on the sidelines, waiting, is not where things happen and nor will you find him a simple spectator.

Since mid-Ohio, Michael has been preparing for the next chapter of racing both physically and mentally. For the summer, and beyond, the 16-year-old talent took on a part-time job with the marketing department at the legendary Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT, commuting over 2-hours each morning and evening for the incredible opportunity. This opportunity afforded him the privilege to be a part of some amazing events including the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival, and also to work for the racing legend Skip Barber. On his days off from Lime Rock, d'Orlando could be found at the training facilities of UFC Gyms working on his physical fitness, or additionally training on the waters of the Long Island Sound preparing for the rowing season with his crew team at Iona Preparatory School. And now as he begins his Junior year at Iona, he continuous to work hard to build his network of partners and supporters for the next opportunity in a race car.

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"Although the 2018 MRTI has finished, I am focused on getting back in the seat for the remainder of this year and next year, to test my limits both in and out of the race car. My training with UFC and the Iona crew team is part of my program to keep me in great shape, and working at Lime Rock is a great opportunity for me in the local racing community. I will continue to work really hard to pursue my racing career as it's been my main goal since I was six years old, but I also know that my education is extremely important and I'm looking forward to my Junior year at Iona."

So even though things may get a little "silly" in the coming months, the determination and commitment of this race car driver has never been more serious.

Get to know more about Michael d'Orlando and follow him on Instagram (dorlandoracing and michael_dorlando51), Facebook (Michael d’Orlando Racing) and Twitter (dorlandoracing).

d'Orlando Enterprises would like to extend their ongoing appreciation for the support and sponsors at UFC Gym in Mamaroneck and White Plains, NY locations, Iona Preparatory School, DB Collaborative, Celtic General Contractors and Focused Project Management. And a special Thanks to the leadership and support of the entire team at Team Benik.

For more information and for opportunities to be a part of the development of this young talent, contact Sherri d’Orlando at or Rickard Franchini of Italsport at