NICK D'ORLANDO UPS THE VICTORY COUNT TO NINE IN FRP F1600
September 1, 2021
It's been a busy few weeks for the d'Orlando Enterprises drivers but if you haven't already heard the news on our social media ... Nick d'Orlando is taking charge in the Formula Race Promotions F1600 series. Over the past two race weekends, he's chalked up three more victories. That makes it nine wins for the 2021 season!
The Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI is the longest circuit the FRP series will tackle in 2021 and was a perfect setting for the drafting game in a line of 27 race cars. Showing why he is the current championship points leader, d’Orlando set the pace in the opening qualifying session earning him the honor to lead the extensive field to the green flag in Race 1. Unfortunately carnage, red flags and pace cars was the scene for majority of the first event so there wasn't much time for head-to-head battle. The draft is so drastic at Road America that a lead rarely lasts for very long but d'Orlando did manage to bring home another podium result in third place albeit only four laps of green flag racing. And it wasn't any better in Race 2 when carnage, red flags and pace cars once again limited the lap count but he managed to secure another top-5 finish.
The third and final race at Road America showed what excitement F1600 can really offer. For the entire 30 minutes of non-stop drafting action, d’Orlando was on his game, mixing it up anywhere between the lead and sixth place at any given corner on the lengthy 4.048 mile circuit. In the final lap, he held securely in the third spot poised for another podium result…and then sometimes luck is on your side. Just mere meters from the checkered flag, the top two drivers found themselves in a tangled mess opening the door for d’Orlando’s seventh victory of the season.
“Road America was a kind of crazy weekend actually” starts d’Orlando. “We only had one race (the last race) with more than four green flag laps. But with that said, we did get some more experience in drafting to its most extreme. At any given moment, in a pack of five other cars, the speed could swing up to 5+mph. And taking a podium and another race win shows it was successful weekend. I was very happy with the results and Team Pelfrey’s effort continue to impress.”
Moving on to Summit Point in West Virginia two weeks later, the drafting game that is F1600 continued. With d’Orlando continuing to extend his points lead each weekend, finding a drafting partner on track is tough when no one really wants to be anywhere but behind you. That position makes for some difficult qualifying results. He would ultimately qualify in the sixth position for the first race of head-to-head action.
The first day of battle started with disappointment when contact in the opening laps of Race 1 resulted in an early retirement. But determined to regain ground, d’Orlando kicked up the heat and his momentum for Race 2. Learning early on that the leader rarely comes out ahead in the end of a drafting race, he continued to keep poise by staying in the mix of the front group and patiently waited it out for the final two laps. Making his move to the point in the final corners, the #81 edged out the competition at the finish line for his first victory of the weekend.
The driver and team’s strategy from Race 2 then carried into Race 3 on the final day of the event. The strategy proved successful again, patiently waiting for his opportunity in the last two laps to bring home another nail-biting victory, bringing his total win count for the season to an impressive nine wins.
“Summit Point was another roller coaster of a weekend with highest highs and lowest lows. We were able to put our best foot forward right out of the starting gate being quick in practice. And suddenly things changed for qualifying. In F1600, speed is less important than strategy and teamwork. After the disappointing qualifying result and the incident in race one, it was great for the team and I to be able to secure two more wins, even when we started these two races outside the top 5. I’m happy overall with how we handled the weekend and the car package we were able to put together. Now all that’s left is to finish off the season strong with two more events. Let’s get ‘em at Autobahn.”
d’Orlando went straight from Summit Point directly to Lynchburg, TN where he was honored to compete in a two-day shootout at Polecat Training Center, as one of only six competitors selected to vie for the coveted Team USA Scholarship. The Team USA Scholarship was founded in 1990 and provides the opportunity for two American drivers to represent their country in England’s Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy competitions. The winners will be announced soon.
d'Orlando will return to the Formula Race Promotions F1600 series on September 10-12, 2021 at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL. For further information about the FRP F1600 series, visit their website at www.formularacepromotions.com. Race fans can catch Live Timing on the Race Monitor app.
d'Orlando Enterprises would like to extend their appreciation and special thanks to their partners at DB Collaborative, Focused Project Management, MG Engineering, UFC Gym - Mamaroneck NY, Dino Energy Drink, MotorMedia USA and Rising Star Racing.
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