August 19, 2019

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In the words of the famous vaudeville, radio and television comedian, Mr Jack Benny, one of his most memorable jokes was the answer to a simple question. "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" Whether it's for music or not, it's implication can apply to almost anything in the search for the key to success. And motorsports takes no exception. For example, one can simply modify the question to "How do I get to be a pro race car driver?" The answer simply remains the same. "Practice. Practice. Practice." And it's really no joking matter.

So when a top athlete sits on the sidelines for any extended period of time, it takes a little time to 'shake the dust off' and get back up to the speed. Literally. But after almost a year out of competition, Michael d'Orlando makes it looks relatively easy.

Michael d'Orlando's last competition was August 2018 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, as part of the Road To Indy series in the USF2000 championship. With only four competitions total in 2018, d'Orlando has since focused his efforts towards fund raising and business development to return to the seat this year. And at the end of July 2019, his efforts found him back in competition in the F4 US Championship Series at Virginia International Raceway, and then a few weeks later back at Mid-Ohio.

Relationships between driver and team are an important part of getting back on pace. d'Orlando and Velocity Racing Devleopment's Team Owner, Dan Mitchell, wasted no time getting back to work on driver development. Mitchell was Team Manager and Chief Engineer at Team Benik in 2018 when d'Orlando competed with Team Benik in USF2000, and now Mitchell leads the VRD squad in the F4 and F3 series. What they have achieved together, both rookies in 2018 in North American single-seater competition, is second to none. Mitchell's extensive experience in Europe and d'Orlando's extensive karting resume and talent in transitioning to cars, has not gone unnoticed.

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d'Orlando's first event back on track at VIR went off without a hitch and according to plan. With only one day to get reacquainted, he found himself breaking into the top 10 in the first race, slipping only to 14th in race 2 as a result of many on-track incidents leading to limited racing laps, and the recovered back up into the top 5 for the final Race 3. His best result in car racing to date.

Back at Mid-Ohio, d'Orlando started off the weekend with a solid qualifying effort of 6th place. Official results placed him in 7th, 14th and 6th place in the respective three races, driving up as far as 4th place in the battle for a podium finish. Interesting fact here is that in Race 3, there were only five laps with the green flag, as the rest of the 16 lap race was completed under caution.

d'Orlando's focus remains on developing the budget to shoot to be back on track again at Sebring International Raceway next month, and even more so on track with the Formula One racing weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in early November. And as each opportunity arises, with the support of his sponsors and partners, that "practice practice practice" will lead him to that success of a life-long dream.

d'Orlando Enterprises LLC would like to extend their Thanks and appreciation to Velocity Racing Development, and their sponsors and supporters at DB Collaborative, Celtic General Contractors, Iona Preparatory School and Focused Project Management. Additional Thanks to Skip Barber Racing School and Bell Helmets for driver support, and also to Artemis Race Labs and Classic Car Club of Manhattan for off-track preparation opportunities in the racing simulators, and also to UFC Gym - Mamaroneck, NY for their driver fitness development.

For more information, contact d’Orlando Enterprises at or 917-952-0243. Follow Michael and Nicholas on social media at Instagram (dorlandoracing and dorlando_15 and michael_dorlando51), Facebook (Michael d'Orlando Racing and Nicholas d’Orlando Racing) and Twitter (dorlandoracing).