THE WAIT IS OVER. NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO MAKES THE MOVE TO RACE CARS IN 2021
March 2, 2021
The wait is finally over for Nicholas d'Orlando. The 17-year-old Hartsdale, NY native hung up the karting helmet in 2018, shifting focus to develop the plan and build a budget to transition into single-seater race cars. And after patiently waiting for things to fall into place, and learning the ropes while traveling in support of his older brother, Michael, the time has come. And he couldn't be happier.
d'Orlando is currently in preparation mode with fitness training and on-track testing, and is poised for competition in the Formula Race Promotions ("FRP") F1600 Championship series. His driver development and training will commence under the attention and guidance from one of the series' most experienced and accredited race teams, Team Pelfrey. Team Pelfrey is lead by Geoff Bushor, whom dons an extensive resume in the car racing paddock, and has coached IndyCar drivers such as Spencer Pigot, Patricio O'Ward, Dalton Kellett and sports cars legend, Shelby Blackstock.
"We are very excited to have Nicholas join Team Pelfrey for the F1600 Championship this season." states Bushor. "His previous experience at the highest levels of international karting puts him in an excellent position to vie for the championship. And after working with his older brother, Michael, a few years ago, we see his same potential to be a front runner in 2021."
F1600, often called Formula Ford (or FF), has a rich history in both the USA and around the world. It is a non-winged purpose built single seat race car, with a Honda Fit race engine, using Hoosier racing tires, and is well known to be the best training ground for career minded drivers, particularly those coming out of karts into cars, and a highly competitive class for all participants. Many of the top drivers in the world started in FF, including Aryton Senna in Europe and Michael Andretti in the USA.
"I am super excited to finally get back racing again." says Nicholas d'Orlando. "and I'm even more excited to have the opportunity to be with Team Pelfrey in the F1600 program. We will be a good fit and together believe we can be very successful. They have been instrumental in the development of many successful race car drivers and I know this is going to be a great opportunity to get started in my race car career too."
d'Orlando's extensive karting experience will be highly beneficial for this career transition from karts to cars, however the two year break from any racing action will be a hurdle to overcome. But, d'Orlando is ready for the challenge.
The FRP season kicks off April 1-3, 2021 at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC. This location is a bit surreal for d'Orlando as it is the same location that he won his United States MiniMax National Champion title in 2015. The series' season will commence over eight (8) race weekends for a total of 24 races. The driver championship winner qualifies for an opportunity to compete for the Team USA Scholarship at the Road to Indy Shootout, providing scholarship dollars to advance to the Road to Indy's USF2000 Championship series, and also compete in the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy competition in the United Kingdom.
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