D'ORLANDO BROTHERS STAY FOCUSED ON AND OFF TRACK DURING "NEW YORK STATE ON PAUSE"
May 11, 2020
On March 22, 2020, the d'Orlando Enterprises LLC home state of New York officially joined the fight against COVID-19 by instituting the "New York State on PAUSE" policy. Around the same time, the motorsports world joined the same fight by postponing it's 2020 season. And since then, the drivers at d'Orlando Enterprises are doing the best they can to maximize their time at home to further their studies remotely, stay in top physical condition, and to stay focused on their racing careers.
During the week, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando have adjusted to their new virtual learning processes implemented by their high school, Iona Preparatory School. Unfortunately, Michael will complete his high school career this Friday without the excitement and energy that most of us experienced in our high school years. But that did not stop his efforts to continue to work hard to keep up those grades while he prepares for his Freshman year at University of North Carolina Charlotte this fall. And for Nicholas, the efforts in his junior year are equally as important as he kicks his college process into gear for 2021. While continuing his studies virtually, the 17-year-old student earned his place in the Iona Preparatory School Honor Society for the latest marking period, and is on track for similar results as the year comes to end in just over four weeks.
While they remain focused on school, both drivers continue to keep their eyes on their racing future. They understand the importance of health and physical conditioning for when they return to on-track action, so they have been spending some time doing home workouts or on-line fitness challenges. Some of these workouts or challenges can be viewed on their personal Instagram pages at michael_dorlando51and dorlando_15 or d'Orlando Racing Instagram page at @dorlandoracing. It's not as easy as you may think to get dressed while doing a handstand.
While race tracks around the country are closed and teams are side-lined, Michael and Nicholas adjusted their racing focus to the virtual world as much as possible. The e-sports industry has skyrocketed over the past weeks and motorsports is no exception. The brothers have competed in e-series events organized by the Road to Indy driver development program and also by Roush Performance, with the help of their partner at Artis Race Labs in Connecticut, whom have made the use of their simulator available when needed. The competition in these e-series' is fierce, but even without access to their own home simulator they continue to be competitive with their limited experience & practice time. Michael recently completed the Road to Indy's Ricmotech iRacing eSeries and will compete in their second program of the TireRack.com iRacing eSeries,. Nicholas recently completed the Roush Performance iRacing League with an impressive 8th place result in the final round. Information on both of these leagues can be found at www.usf2000.com and www.roushfenway.com.
The racing season is slowly evolving as the country moves to reopen and return to some sort of normalcy, although the industry is cautious and attentive to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael and Nicholas' plans for returning to the real life race track will be announced soon. In the meantime, The Road to Indy series continues to offer its partners and sponsors incredible opportunities for business development. The future of these racers depends highly on these partners and sponsors. If you or your company, or someone you know, are interested in being a part of these experiences across the country, and can help Michael and Nicholas continue their development to a professional career, please contact us at email@example.com.
We would like to extend a special Thanks to Jay de Marcken at Artis Race Labs in Northwest Connecticut for all his support on the racing simulator during this time. Additional thanks to our current partners at DB Collaborative, UFC Gym - Mamaroneck, Iona Preparatory School, Motor Media USA, and Focused Project Management LLC.