January 15, 2021

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d'Orlando Enterprises LLC, and their two rising stars, Michael & Nicholas d'Orlando, are eager to announce their partnership with Rising Star Racing (RSR) and its First Gear Program.  

First Gear is an exploratory youth driver development program designed to assist worthy young driver talent make the transition to open wheel race cars.  The program intends to selectively focus on a small number of drivers still in their early career stages providing mentoring and counsel related to sponsorship and driver development.
Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando join the First Gear program rounding out the roster of four individually chosen drivers by Rising Star Racing founder, Art Wilmes.
“I have always wanted to work with younger drivers making the move from karting to cars,” says Wilmes. “I don’t know where this initiative will lead us, but I am keen to learn whether we can create a viable business model for First Gear. I have followed Michael & Nicholas' careers for quite some time, and had the opportunity to witness Michael's recent success in the Road to Indy last year, Their talent, determination and commitment are a perfect fit for this initiative. ”  

"We [Nicholas & I] feel very blessed to be able to work with Art." said Michael d'Orlando, driver for d'Orlando Enterprises LLC. "We all work really well together and we are very excited to be part of the First Gear program. It's an honor to be chosen by him personally."

Wilmes has over three decades of experience as an actuary, in addition to his extensive experience in motorsports. Combined with the 12-years experience and success of d'Orlando Enterprises in the development levels of motorsports, it's a partnership that both parties are eager to develop. "We understand the importance of relationships both on and off the race track, " explains Sherri d'Orlando, co-Founder of d'Orlando Enterprises LLC. "Art has a wealth of knowledge and our relationship developed so easily. We feel that this is a great partnership that will continue to grow for both of us."

For more information on the First Gear program and it's drivers, contact Art Wilmes at or (317) 439-6719.

About Rising Star Racing:  Founded in 2012, by Art Wilmes, Rising Star Racing (RSR) is a privately owned and operated motorsport group. RSR seeks to assist the most talented American driver(s) reach the highest ladder of open-wheel racing in the United States. RSR currently works with IndyCar drivers Josef Newgarden and Spencer Pigot, and former Indy Lights driver Neil Alberico.

d'Orlando Enterprises LLC has developed unique and remarkable VIP experiences, behind the scenes access, and other entertainment opportunities for their partners at all of these events including the Indy500. For more information on these experiences, our drivers or alternative partnership opportunities, contact Sherri d'Orlando at or 917-952-0243. And as always, you can follow Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando on social media at Instagram (dorlandoracingmichael_dorlando51dorlando_15), Facebook (Michael d'Orlando Racing and Nicholas d'Orlando Racing) and Twitter (dorlandoracing).