D'ORLANDO ENTERPRISES JOINS FORCES WITH ITALSPORT
January 26, 2018
It's the beginning of a new year and the personnel at d'Orlando Enterprises have been very busy. While drivers Michael & Nicholas d'Orlando work on their on-track development, the executives have been busy making sure the support around their program continues at the highest level. Now, 2018 is off to a tremendous start as the organization will officially join forces with the Swedish-based management/driver development program of Italsport, under the direction of one of Europe’s top motorsports professionals, Rickard Kaell Franchini.
A YEAR IN REVIEW – BY MICHAEL D'ORLANDO
January 14, 2018
To start off the new year, the drivers at d’Orlando Enterprises have submitted their own Year in Review of 2017, in lieu of a typical press release. Enjoy the read and Happy New Year!
As I, Michael d'Orlando, look back to 2017, overall I think it was a good year for me on many levels. I continued to learn in karting for the first part of the year then I got to progress into open-wheel racing. A dream I’ve been dreaming about for nine years.
A YEAR IN REVIEW - BY NICK D'ORLANDO
January 12, 2018
To start off the new year, the drivers at d’Orlando Enterprises have submitted their own Year in Review of 2017, in lieu of a typical press release. Enjoy the read and Happy New Year!
2017 started out for me, Nick d'Orlando, at the Florida Winter Tour Rok Cup series, in the Rok Junior class, with my team of J3 Competition on the CompKart chassis. The tour didn’t go as planned but we made the right decision that it was time to move to some European racing. This would be my first time competing in Europe, and also a first for J3 in the WSK & CIK-FIA series. But it wasn’t an easy adjustment since I was coming from US competition as one of the oldest and biggest drivers in the Junior classes, to now be racing at the highest level in the world as one of the youngest & least experienced drivers in the OK Senior class.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO JOINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM FOR SUPERNATS IN LAS VEGAS
November 11, 2017
d’Orlando Enterprises joins the ‘silly season’ this month with big news. As changes around the racing paddocks continue and drivers & teams research their options for the next season, Nicholas d’Orlando is making some waves of his own. America’s top karting talent will make the move next week to the new brand, Kart Republic, for the 21st Annual SuperKarts! USA Super Nationals [SuperNats], at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. Although the Kart Republic brand is making its debut, the team & it’s management for SuperNats are no strangers in the paddock. The world’s karting legends, Dino Chiesa and Rickard Kaell Franchini, have extremely impressive resumes and are considered two of the industry’s top professionals.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO DRAWS ATTENTION IN OPEN-WHEEL DEBUT
November 2, 2017
Michael d’Orlando’s nine year karting career has proven him to be one of the best karting talents in North America, including international & national championship titles, countless podiums and an opportunity to compete at the highest level in the world at the CIK FIA European Championship series, as an official driver for one of the world’s top factory teams.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO CLOSES OUT EUROPEAN SERIES AND A CAREER IN KARTING IN SCANDINAVIA
August 22, 2017
After a very successful nine year career in karting, competing at the highest level of competition North America has to offer, and just over a year of competition at the world’s highest level as a factory driver for one of the world’s top karting teams, Michael d’Orlando completed his karting career in Scandinavian territory at the final two rounds of the CIK FIA European Championship Series. Though it has been a tough stretch recently for the rookie in the OK (senior) category, the only thing holding him back on the track is bad luck. Following weeks of either engine issues or unavoidable contact out of his control, d’Orlando has used his experience and work efforts overseas to move on to the next level in his career.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO COMPLETES EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS SERIES WITH STRONG MOMENTUM IN PREPARATION FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
August 21, 2017
Following a strong week at the world’s historic Le Mans race track in Le Mans, France, Nicholas d’Orlando and his J3 Competition/COMPKART team moved to Scandinavian territory for the final two rounds of the CIK FIA European Championship Series, in successive weeks in Finland and Sweden. The young rookie has been impressive in his last few races, providing consistency in speed throughout the race weekends. While it is technically an “away” race for d’Orlando, Europe has become a second home for him and his race team.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO FLASHES SPEED IN LE MANS
July 21, 2017
After heartbreak in New Jersey just a week before, Birel ART factory team driver, Michael d’Orlando returned overseas to race at one of the world’s most renowned racetracks, Le Mans, France. Let down by engine failure at the US Rotax Grand Nationals/US Open International combined event in New Jersey, while taking a dominating lead in the main event, d’Orlando was motivated to deliver the finish he deserved, in Le Mans. And in his recent CIK FIA European Championship series events, d’Orlando has been on the move and turning heads.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO ON THE MOVE IN LE MANS
July 21, 2017
After a quick stop at his home turf in the USA a few weeks ago, Nicholas d’Orlando and his J3 Competition/COMPKART team then promptly returned overseas for the CIK FIA European Championship series in Le Mans, France. The young rookie turned heads at New Jersey Motorsports Park only one week before and that sparked a buzz that carried overseas to Le Mans. Every race is important, but when you have the opportunity to race at one of the world’s most endured and notable race tracks like Le Mans, the stakes raise even higher and d’Orlando rose to the occasion.
HEARTBREAK FOR MICHAEL D’ORLANDO AT NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK
July 3, 2017
What a roller coaster weekend for Michael d’Orlando and his PSL Birel ART team at the US Rotax Grand Nationals / US Open Rotax International combined event, at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. d’Orlando returned to North American racing action just over a week ago, after joining Italy’s Birel ART factory team last year to compete in the CIK FIA European championship series. Making his debut in the Rotax MAX Senior class, he would set the pace for the 27 international drivers, which also included his younger brother, Nicholas d’Orlando. The goal for the weekend was simply to bring home the victory & another national championship title, which would also result in another opportunity to represent Team USA at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portimao, Portugal.
TOP 5 FOR NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO AT NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK
July 3, 2017
Back on US soil after a few weeks competing in European races, Nicholas d’Orlando and his J3 Competition/COMPKART team were back in action at the US Rotax Grand Nationals/US Open Rotax International combined event, at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. Making his debut in the Senior class in the US, the young rookie took on the competition of 27 top US and international MAX-Senior drivers, including his older brother, Michael d’Orlando. With the winner of the race taking home the ultimate prize of a ticket to the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in Portimao, Portugal, and Nicholas’ focused on achieving another national championship title for his resume, you could say the stakes were high.
PROGRESS & TOP-5 PERFORMANCES FOR MICHAEL D’ORLANDO AT INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT NAPOLI
May 9, 2017
Michael d’Orlando and his Birel ART team continued their upward momentum into the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno, Italy last month, at the final round of the WSK Super Master Series and then into the first round of the CIK FIA European Championship series. The 15-year-old American, as always, brought his perseverance and determination, so it was no surprise to see d’Orlando overcome some challenges and bring home some of the best results of his European career.
D’ORLANDO LOOKING TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM IN ITALY
April 7, 2017
The International Circuit La Conca in Muro Leccese, Italy is known in the karting world as one of, if not THE, most difficult tracks in the world. The grip level is comparable to none and the experienced racers have the leg up. But American Michael d’Orlando has the perseverance and the determination to take on that kind of challenge at the track he had never seen before, at the third round of the WSK Super Master Series. So, it was no surprise to see d’Orlando overcome a disappointing 37th qualifying effort and three incomplete heat races.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO SHIFTS FOCUS FROM US TO EUROPE
April 7, 2017
It was a busy month of March for the American junior class driver Nicholas d’Orlando, who had his share of ups and downs, while completing the Florida Winter Tour Rok Cup USA Junior Rok championship series in Ocala, Florida and also kicking off the SuperKarts USA series at the SKUSA Winter Nationals in New Orleans. And now, the 13-year-old is preparing to take on the world’s top competition across the ocean in the WSK Super Master Series and CIK European Championship series.
D’ORLANDO LOOKING FOR BETTER LUCK AT LA CONCA FOR ROUND 3 OF THE WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES
March 16, 2017
Michael d’Orlando rejoins his Birel ART factory team this week as they gear up for round 3 of the WSK Super Master Series taking place this weekend, at the historic International Circuit La Conca in Muro Leccese, Italy. D'Orlando's rookie season in the OK Senior category has had its share of ups and downs so far this but both he and Birel ART are confident heading into La Conca with the potential he has shown thus far. Together, they hope for a change in luck and to improve on their 22nd place pre-final finish from a few weeks ago in Castelletto, Italy which resulted in missing the cut for the final in Round 2 of the WSK Super Master Series.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO KICKS OFF SENIOR ROOKIE SEASON IN ADRIA, ITALY
March 3, 2017
Michael d’Orlando and his Birel ART factory team kicked off their 2017 season abroad with back-to-back race weekends in January at the Adria International Raceway in Adria, Italy. d'Orlando's rookie season in the OK Senior category began with the WSK Champions Cup, and followed that directly up the next week with the WSK Super Master Series.
d'Orlando had a set of challenges ahead of him in experience and weather in the WSK Champions Cup. The OK (senior) class provided to be a very tough & experienced field that included multiple professional drivers and World Champions. With temperatures just shy of freezing, d’Orlando’s No. 229 Birel ART kart was fast all race week, and his results of Heat 1 in 22nd, Heat 2 in 9th, and Heat 3 in 7th were enough to put him the 12th starting spot for pre- final. An impressive run in the pre-final to bring home his No. 229 Birel ART kart to a 10th place finish was just what he was aiming for, earning his spot in the main event. Luck would run out early in the main event when mechanical issues on lap 4 would force d’Orlando to have to park his kart in the infield and ultimately finishing up in 32nd. Despite the disappointment, it was still a great start to his first OK (senior) race.
NEXT STOP NEW ORLEANS FOR NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO
March 3, 2017
From Palm Beach to Italy and now on to New Orleans, Nicholas d’Orlando is taking on the best. In February, d’Orlando took on the best Rok drivers at the Florida Winter Tour Rok Cup USA - Round 2, at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, FL and has wasted no time to continue his training and preparation both on & off the track.
The Junior ROK grid in Palm Beach was another stout field of 34 drivers, and he kept his kart in the top 5 all weekend long up to the main event, including a prominent Heat race win and a 3rd place finish in the pre-final. In the main event, d’Orlando found himself once again battling up front with some of Americas most talented drivers and jumped out to take the early lead in the opening laps. However, ultimately d’Orlando and his J3 Competition COMPKART weren’t able to challenge for the lead for very long and would fall back slowly in the later laps of the event to finish 6th.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO KICKS OFF 2017 ON THE FAST TRACK
February 10, 2017
It’s that time… Drivers start your engines! The 2017 season is officially underway and Nicholas d’Orlando, with his J3 Competition team, kicked off the year in sunny Homestead, Florida, for the first round of the Florida Winter Tour ROK Cup USA. And this weekend, he’s back to the Sunshine State for Round Two in Palm Beach.
The Junior Rok grid at Round One in Homestead was one of the biggest grids of the weekend, with 41 drivers. Starting out on the fast track near the top of the unofficial timers for the first two days of practice, and ultimately officially qualifying sixth, d’Orlando would follow up with slightly disappointing 7th, 14th & 6th place results in the three heat races, putting himself in a challenging 15th position for the start of the Pre-Final. But the young sophomore proved he is always a contender and he wasted little time moving his way up the field early in the opening laps of the PreFinal event to put himself a little closer to striking distance in 4th place .
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO: REFLECTION ON 2016, A RETURN TO BIREL ART AND MOVING UP THE RANKS
January 12, 2017
It’s another karting year in the books and on to the next one! Now, as we look back at the 2016 racing season, Michael d’Orlando saw a year that had its share of successes, challenges and major changes all of which contributed to one of his most dynamic years of development as a driver and athlete. The experience both in North America, Europe, and the Middle East transformed Michael from a great North American driver to a World Class driver and athlete.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO RETURNS TO COMPKART AND TAKES IT INTERNATIONAL
January 12, 2017
With the holidays complete and the new year underway, 2016 would be a season to remember for Hartsdale, New York’s Nicholas d’Orlando. The 2015 Mini-Max National Champion would exceed all expectations in his Junior rookie campaign, after making some big adjustments and adapting to some big changes throughout the year. Now, after closing out 2016 with an impressive podium result at the SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals 20 in Las Vegas, he is setting his sights for 2017.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO CLOSES OUT 2016 AT THE HOME OF MOTORSPORT IN THE MIDDLE EAST
December 8, 2016
The 2016 season is in the books for Michael d’Orlando and what a year it was! The year spanned 3 continents and 7 countries with countless hours of flight time, and the 14-year old Hartsdale, NY native would find some success but also overcome multiple changes and challenges. And in November, d’Orlando closed out his junior racing campaign at what is the premier event in the world for junior karting, the CIK-FIA World Championships.
LUCKY 7 FOR NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO AT SUPERNATS 20
December 8, 2016
What an incredible 2016 racing season it has been for Nicholas d’Orlando, and he closed out the year in spectacular fashion! It was Lucky number Seven that ended the year in classic Las Vegas style, with a step on the podium at the world’s largest kart race, the SuperKarts USA! SuperNationals. After seven attempts for hardware over 5 years at Las Vegas events, including 3 top-5 starting positions in main events, Nicholas persevered.
ANOTHER TOUGH BREAK FOR NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO AT THE US OPEN IN LAS VEGAS
November 19, 2016
Nicholas d’Orlando and the J3 Competition team made their way to the bright lights of sin city last week for the US Open finally at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The Hartsdale, NY was looking for better luck this time around as Nicholas raced at the Rio in last year’s US Open in the Mini Max category but the dice did not roll in his favor as he had some bad luck with engine failure in the final prior to turning one competitive lap. Ending Nicholas’ championship hopes after leading the points going into the race which saw him ultimately finish up third in the Championship.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO LOOKING TO TURN SNAKE EYES INTO A JACKPOT AT THE SKUSA SUPERNATS IN LAS VEGAS
November 17, 2016
It has been a season full of excitement so far for Nicholas d’Orlando and his J3 Competition team as they will make their way back to the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip this weekend to take part in the 20th edition of SuperSunday, the biggest day in North American karting, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This event will have over 450 drivers competing from around the world.
HEARTBREAK AT ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE GRAND FINALS IN SARNO, ITALY FOR D’ORLANDO
November 2, 2016
No rest for the weary is the theme for Michael d’Orlando. Coming off a mere 7-days rest at home in New York, from the trek to Adria, Italy in early October, it was back to Italy again!
It was a race week full of excitement, challenging weather conditions and world-class Rotax talent, but it ended in heartbreak for Birel Art factory driver Michael d’Orlando, as he continued his fall race schedule in the beautiful scenic hills of Sarno, Italy at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. With limited practice time on the schedule, d’Orlando’s week began with some obstacles as changing weather conditions on Monday rendered one practice session ineffective due to slick race tires on a wet track, and he would watch from the infield for a session Tuesday due to equipment failure. With effectively participating in only two of the total four practice sessions and the morning warm-up before Qualifying and Heat Race action on Wednesday, Michael would start the race weekend behind the eight ball. But a qualifying effort of 41st out of 72 drivers from around the world did not stop the 14-year old Junior Rotax driver as he battled through the obstacles that were in front of him as well as improving each session.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO TAKES ON ADRIA & THE WSK
October 9, 2016
It was an exciting race weekend with some of the world’s best racing action in the OK Junior category for Birel Art factory driver Michael d’Orlando. Kicking off his first race of the fall season and competing in his first WSK series event on Sept 30th – Oct 2nd, d’Orlando hit the track in Adria, Italy for the WSK Final Cup with 176 drivers from 32 Countries and 5 Continents. d’Orlando showed he could compete with some of the world’s best drivers in the OK-Junior class. Although results weren’t what he’d hoped for, he continues to show that he can overcome even the toughest of adversity and find speed to compete at the highest level, with only a fraction amount of experience and track time of his competition.
D’ORLANDO BROTHERS READY FOR REMAINDER OF 2016
September 23, 2016
What an exciting 2016 racing season thus far for the d’Orlando brothers, as they now prepare to close out the 2016 season at some of the worlds’ biggest events. Both drivers have exceeded expectations in their sophomore and rookie campaigns in the junior ranks, and look to keep those expectations high as they prepare for the closing months of what has been a season full of change and great success.
Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando kicked off their racing season in beautiful sunny Florida, in January, at the coveted international competition of the Florida Winter Tour. Under direction of team Koene USA, starting their 4th year together, on the world renowned TonyKart chassis, Michael topped the series with a Rotax Junior Championship and earned a spot on Team USA for the Grand Finals, in addition to the Junior Rok Vice-Championship. Nicholas also had an incredible start of the year with a pole position as well as heat race wins in the series, proving he would be one to watch out for as he began his rookie campaign in the junior categories.
A D’ORLANDO HOUSE DIVIDED COMES TOGETHER FOR THE ROTAX US GRAND NATIONALS
August 16, 2016
It was a very busy 5-week schedule for the d’Orlando Racing squad, as Michael & Nicholas d’Orlando’s travels spanned 7 countries, 4 US states and 2 continents, but the dynamic duo were finally together again at Simraceway Performance Driving Center in Sonoma, CA for the 2016 Rotax US Grand Nationals. Competing separately since the Florida Winter Tour back in March, the Brothers d’Orlando were now competing on separate teams, but on track together, for the first time in their 8-year careers. Although they are a ‘house divided’, the boys were looking to work together to bring home another Rotax US Grand National championship title, and for Nicholas, a ticket for a spot to join his brother on Team USA at the Rotax Grand Finals in Italy this October.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO BACK ON HOME TURF AFTER LEARNING EXPERIENCE AT GENK
August 3, 2016
It was a heartbreaking race weekend for Michael d’Orlando as he and the Birel Art Racing Team took on the final round of the CIK FIA European Championships in Genk, Belgium.. With a stellar field of 70+ world class drivers who were all within 1 second of each other, it would be a race weekend full of some hard fought battles combined with some bad luck that would prevent any chance of advancement for the young American driver into the PreFinal & Final events of the series’ Championship weekend. For Michael he gave it all he had with the incredible support of his Birel ART team but they would come up short as Michael’s race weekend would end early. But with the heartbreak, still came a learning experience.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO LOOKS TO REFOCUS IN SONOMA
August 3, 2016
Nicholas d’Orlando and the J3 Competition team will make their way to beautiful Sonoma California this week to the Simraceway Performance Karting Center for the 2016 Sofina Foods Rotax MAX Challenge United States Grand Nationals Presented by Fikse Wheels marking the 17th year of this race. The Hartsdale, NY native will be looking to add another Rotax MAX Challenge US Grand National Championship title to his resume, in addition to the 2015 Championship title in Mini Max, as he continues a strong Junior Rotax rookie campaign. A win here also comes with a ticket to the 2016 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals and a spot on Team USA in Sarno, Italy in October, where Nicholas would love to join older brother Michael, already a Team USA member.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO HEADS BACK TO EUROPE AFTER STRONG PERFORMANCE IN CANADA
July 26, 2016
Michael d’Orlando heads back to Europe this week for the final round of the CIK FIA European Championship in Genk, Belgium. The Hartsdale, NY native is coming off an impressive performance at the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship collecting a third place result in the mixed weather main event #1 and another dominating victory in main event #2 at Circuit Jim Russell at Mont-Tremblant, Québec. Michael has made great strides these past two months and is looking to keep his momentum going as he prepares for his upcoming race in Genk, Belgium.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO GAINING MOMENTUM WITH A SWEEP AT WKA AT NCMP
July 22, 2016
What a month of July it has been so far for Nicholas d’Orlando and the J3 Competition team as they are on a roll sweeping both finals in rounds five and six of the WKA Manufacturers Cup Series, in the Woltjer Racing Engines Pro IAME Junior class at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, IN last weekend. Nicholas and his J3 Competition COMPKART chassis were hard to catch all weekend long as they dominated the field in qualifying and the heats, and went on to take the victory in both final events of the race weekend. Sunday was a perfect day for the young rookie claiming the qualifying pole position and taking the win in all three head-to-head races. Joining Nicholas at the front of the grid was teammate Dante Yu, to give J3 Competition’s COMPKART a lockout of the front row, as he contended against Nicholas all weekend long but came up short as the Californian would finish second to the Hartsdale, NY native.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO TO CONTEST NORTH AMERICA WITH PSL KARTING
July 8, 2016
After a couple of months contesting the CIK-FIA European Championship in Spain and Portugal, under the direction of factory team, Birel ART, Michael d’Orlando will make his way back to North America this weekend to the 1.3 km 16-turns Circuit Jim Russell at Mont Tremblant, Québec, for round three of the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. This will be Michael’s first race back on North American soil, his first race back into the Rotax package since winning the Florida Winter Tour Junior Rotax Championship earlier this year, and his first race competing under the direction of Birel ART North American importer, and powerhouse race team, PSL Karting The competition at ECKC is expected to be a great introduction into the PSL Karting program in preparation for Michael’s next North American race, the 2016 US Rotax Grand Nationals in Sonoma, CA this August.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO HEADS RACE CITY USA FOR ROUND THREE OF USPKS SERIES
July 8, 2016
Nicholas d’Orlando and the J3 Competition team will make their way to Race City USA this week to the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC for round three of the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS). The Hartsdale, NY native is no stranger to the 0.7-mile, 11-turn track of GoPro Motorplex as he has had success here in the past bringing home back-to-back wins in last year’s United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) MiniRok class.
“I am looking forward to racing at GoPro Motorplex again,” said Nicholas d’Orlando. “I’ve done pretty well here in the past and I’m looking to continue that success this weekend. The amazing team at J3 and I have gained some good momentum the past couple of events and we’re looking to keep our COMPKART chassis up front and bring home another strong finish this weekend.”
D’ORLANDO BROTHERS FEATURED IN ABC7 STORY
“There is no rest for the weary” and that is so true for Michael d’Orlando as it has been a very busy two weeks in his preparation for his second race of European competition this year, at the third round of the CIK FIA European Championship to be held at the Circuito International do Argarve in Portimao, Portugal this upcoming weekend.
June 29, 2016
"I like going fast," Nicholas said.
"When I first started racing, I knew this is what really wanted to do," Michael said.
Read the full story, and watch the live, on air video clip HERE.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO READY FOR ROUND THREE OF CIK FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
“There is no rest for the weary” and that is so true for Michael d’Orlando as it has been a very busy two weeks in his preparation for his second race of European competition this year, at the third round of the CIK FIA European Championship to be held at the Circuito International do Argarve in Portimao, Portugal this upcoming weekend.
June 23, 2016
In his effort to prepare, Michael spent the first part of last week in Viareggio Tuscany, Italy training at the world-renowned Formula Medicine facility under the guidance of Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli and his staff. Taking into account Formula Medicine’s proven performance supported by the successful training of over 75 drivers and teams in Formula 1 as well as over 900 other drivers across all categories, it was a great start for Michael to begin his summer training. Michael was put through a complete program of medical, mental, and athletic training to help him for his upcoming race in Portugal, as well as future races.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO TAKES ON SHAWANO
June 23, 2016
It was another solid race weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando, making his national level debut in his COMPKART chassis and the J3 Competition team, at USA International Raceway, in Shawano, WI. With the track’s many elevation changes and two banked turns, it is one of the trickier tracks to get around on the United States Pro Kart Series schedule. As he brought his No.15 J3 Competition COMPKART chassis home to two sixth place finishes in the IAME X30 Junior class, the results don’t truly reflect the progress & speed that d’Orlando and the J3 Competition team found over the weekend’s event.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO MAKES BIREL ART DEBUT AT ZUERA
May 23, 2016
Leaving the familiarity of his North American racing behind, adapting to change is exactly what Michael d’Orlando had to do in his European debut. And he did, but not without hard lessons and struggles in the meantime. d’Orlando made the maiden trip across the pond for his CIK-FIA European Championship competition debut, with his Birel ART factory team, in the OK-Junior category at the International Circuit of Zuera in Zuera, Spain. Despite a tough weekend against 76 of the best drivers in the world he did not let it get him down and showed improvement throughout the weekend.
CHANGES CONTINUE AT D’ORLANDO RACING AS NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO JOINS J3 COMPETITION FOR REMAINDER 2016
May 13, 2016
Building upon a year of change, d’Orlando Racing and driver Nicholas d’Orlando, is once again upsetting the “apple kart” by ending their three and a half year run with KoeneUSA and signing with J3 Competition to contest the remainder of the 2016 season. After a successful start to his rookie season in the Junior ranks, including pole awards and a Florida Winter Tour podium result, Nicholas will be replacing the familiarity of the TonyKart product with the excitement of jumping into the ultra competitive COMPKART tuned by the Factory J3 Team.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO SURVIVES THE SKUSA SPRINGNATIONALS
May 6, 2016
The SuperKarts! USA SpringNationals turned out to be one chaotic event for the Junior ranks. The weekend consisted of a variety of on track incidents and red flags, dust storms and threats of bad weather all mixed in with a little bad luck for d’Orlando Racing’s rookie Nicholas d’Orlando. From mid-pack qualifier on Saturday to the pole position on Sunday, he would bring home 11th & 10th place finishes in his SKUSA Pro Series debut in the X30 Junior division at Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona.
With one day of practice on Friday before the double race weekend, Nicholas was quickly up to speed in the front third of the field as he and his KoeneUSA team got the No.015n TonyKart ready for Saturday’s round one of SKUSA SpringNationals in his X30 Jr. rookie debut.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO JOINS BIREL ART FACTORY TEAM
May 5, 2016
As spring kicks into gear for the 2016 season, FWT Junior Rotax Champion Michael d’Orlando will be shaking things up a little in his karting development and will be joining forces with the Birel ART factory team from Italy, to compete in the 2016 CIK-FIA European Championships series, in the OK-J category. After fours year under the watchful eye and direction of KoeneUSA since their inception in 2013, on the Tony Kart chassis, d’Orlando Racing and driver Michael d’Orlando decided to expand their development & experiences across the pond to join the highly anticipated and extremely competitive European series. Michael is coming off a very successful start to 2016 with his FWT Junior Rotax Championship title, resulting in a spot on Team USA to compete in the Rotax Grand Finals, in addition to an FWT Junior Rok Vice-Championship title.
Michael joins the Birel ART factory team as one of their three drivers in the Junior category, in a program consisting of many world-renowned drivers, and highly accredited management team of Ronni Sala, Gianluca Beggio and Rickard Franchini, with F1 driver management talent of Nicolas Todt. This is a great opportunity for Michael, heading into his Sophomore year in the Junior ranks, and the d’Orlandos are looking forward to this new experience.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO READY FOR FIRST ROUND SKUSA PRO SERIES
April 27, 2016
After a few short weeks break from his Junior rookie debut at the Florida Winter Tour, Nicholas d’Orlando returns to racing action this week under the direction of powerhouse team KoeneUSA, as he takes on Round one of the SKUSA Pro Series at the 2016 SKUSA SpringNationals. The Hartsdale, NY native is looking to continue his success from Florida and gain valuable experience as he heads to the Phoenix Kart Racing Association in Glendale, Arizona on April 29-May 1.
The young rookie knows it is going to be a tough field of international drivers in the Junior X30 class and it will be a fantastic battle for that SKUSA Pro Tour championship. Round 2 will commence in New Castle, Indiana in July, and all titles will be awarded and decided in the third and final round in Las Vegas in November, at the same venue d’Orlando had the pole position in the Tag Cadet main event before suffering from near-fatal contact in the opening corner forcing him to recover from near the back of the pack to finish 6th.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO SETS THE TONE FOR 2016 WITH IMPRESSIVE 2016 FLORIDA WINTER TOUR SEASON IN JUNIOR DEBUT
April 8, 2016
Nicholas d’Orlando is making a name for himself in just a few short months in the junior ranks and proving that he will be a force to reckon with in 2016. The Hartsdale, NY native defiantly exceeded all expectations at the 2016 Florida Winter Tour with a podium finish, his first race win and two top-10 series championship honors in just three months into his rookie season.
Nicholas’ junior debut aboard his KoeneUSA-prepared Tony Kart, was an eye-opener for the young rookie, in a field stacked of experienced competitors. Showing talent & top speed early at the start of Round 1 of the Rok Cup USA series in Homestead, the larger, heavier and faster Junior Rok kart (vs his 2015 Cadet) would eventually take its toll on the young 12-year-old in the 25-lap main event. Learning to deal with the aggressive nature of the young teenage class, he would battle with contact on multiple occasions and fight mid-pack to finish 19th. But the experience from Homestead was all Nicholas’ needed to adapt to this new racing environment and he would look to bounce back in Round 2 at Ocala Gran Prix with a strong showing all weekend, including a 4th place qualifying effort.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO ENDS 2016 FLORIDA WINTER TOUR SEASON WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AND SO MUCH MORE
April 1, 2016
What a stellar 2016 Florida Winter Tour campaign for Hartsdale, NY native Michael d’Orlando! In just his second season in the Junior ranks, he has proven to be one of the best Juniors in North America as he put on an impressive performance in both the Rok Cup and Rotax Max Challenge series, bringing home the Junior Rok Cup Vice-Championship title and collecting the 2016 Junior Rotax Max Challenge Championship title, earning him a spot on Team USA for the Rotax Grand Finals.
The 3-month long, 6-race-weekend dual series Florida Winter Tour would be an impressive start to the 2016 season, but it was not without it’s share of hiccups and controversy. Overcoming multiple bouts of adversity, it was Michael’s consistency on the race track that kept him in contention, and ultimately the top step of the coveted Florida Winter Tour podium.
D’ORLANDO BROTHERS FEATURED IN CBS12.COM STORY
March 10, 2016
JUPITER, Fla. (CBS12) — Earnhardt, Busch, Unser, Andretti - racing can often be a family affair.
And the next set of brothers that could burst onto the international scene are cutting their teeth on karts, before they get to cars.
"I was watching NASCAR, and I said I want to do that," says 14-year old Michael d'Orlando.
"I love going out there to win," adds Michael's 13-year old brother Nicholas.
Read the full story, and watch the live, on air video clip HERE.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO EARNS FIRST CAREER JUNIOR PODIUM FINISH AT OGP
February 29, 2016
What a weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando as he wasted little time earning his first podium finish in just his fourth Junior career weekend, and only his second Rotax Junior MAX race. There would be no denying the rookie this time as he put on an impressive performance bringing home a second place finish in round two of the Florida Winter Tour Rotax MAX Challenge in Ocala, FL.
Friday morning practice sessions put the young rookie in the top group of drivers, but Nicholas d’Orlando wouldn’t settle for anything less than a fantastic Pole position result for the event qualifying round. With older brother, Michael, closing out the second qualifying spot, Heat race action would see a monumentus front row of brothers. But racing action is very different from head-to-head competition. A hard fought Heat race 1 would result in a 5th place finish for Nicholas, with seasoned veterans of brother Michael and home track favorite Mathias Ramirez taking the top two spots respectively.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO FINISHES TOP 10 IN OCALA
February 29, 2016
If you’ve been following the progress of Michael d’Orlando in recent history, then you know his story. He’s fast. He’s at the front and he’s hard to beat. And he’s probably one of the best drivers on the grid when it comes to making a comeback.
It was another solid weekend for Michael d’Orlando, at the technical track of Ocala Gran Prix, in round two of the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge. Despite some adversity he finished up the weekend in ninth giving him another top 10 finish and some much needed points to stay in the championship hunt.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO BATTLES HOME TRACK TALENT IN OCALA
February 18, 2016
You can run up front all week long, but all bets are off when it comes to the big dance. Last weekend’s Junior ROK event at the second round of the Rok Cup USA series of the Florida Winter Tour in Ocala, FL had plenty of hype and Michael d’Orlando kicked off the weekend right where he left off from the first round, in Homestead, in January. D’Orlando would be in the top three all week long, battling the homegrown talent from Ocala Gran Prix and a grid packed with top drivers, but would see his weekend end in heart breaking fashion.
Friday’s clear, sunny but cool, skies setup for exciting qualifying action where the eldest d’Orlando would position his No. 251 KoeneUSA prepared Tony/Kart in the 3rd slot, inside row 2, for each of the following 3 Heat races. Upon completion of head-to-head heat race action on Saturday, with three 2nd place finishes, Michael’s solid results were enough to set him up in the 2nd spot, outside the front row beside pole sitter & hometown veteran Mathias Ramirez, for Sunday’s PreFinal event.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO BACK UP FRONT AGAIN IN OCALA
February 18, 2016
Nicholas d’Orlando didn’t take much time to find the front of the grid again that he saw so much of in 2015. In only his second weekend competing in the Junior ROK ranks, and despite some bad luck in the main event, d’Orlando put on an impressive performance last weekend in round two of the ROK Cup USA competition at the Sofina Foods Florida Winter Tour presented by FIKSE Wheels in Ocala, FL.
D’Orlando’s weekend started with strong practice sessions on Friday as he would be in the top 10 in all three sessions. And then he would follow that up with an impressive 4th fastest qualifying time in his No. 215 KoeneUSA prepared TonyKart, setting him up to start the outside of row 2 in each of the three Heat races. A spectacular showing for the young rookie and a respectable spot behind hometown Ocala Gran Prix drivers Mathias Ramirez & Tyler Gonzalez, and an experienced older brother, Michael. With the completion of head-to-head competition on Saturday, Nicholas showed once again he was on top of his game finishing three heat races in 5th, 3rd and 3rd respectively, earning him a third slot starting position in Sunday’s PreFinal event, directly behind veteran Ramirez and one position behind his brother, Michael.
D’ORLANDO BROTHERS READY FOR SECOND ROUND ACTION AT OCALA GRAN PRIX
February 11, 2016
After a short break, it’s back to racing for Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando as they head to Ocala Gran Prix in Ocala, FL for round two of the Florida Winter Tour Rok Cup USA series. Both d’Orlando brothers are no strangers to racing at the acclaimed OGP circuit as they have won here in both Micro and Mini classes. Now they’re looking to add to their already winning record, in the Junior Rok class.
Michael heads into the weekend as the current class series points leader with a 15 point lead over Ocala’s own Mathias Ramirez. After impressive runs in the opening rounds of the FWT in Homestead, with a win in the Junior Rok season opener and a controversial second place result in the ROTAX Junior MAX opener, Michael has begun his 2016 campaign with a furious start and is looking to keep this momentum going as he gets ready for on track action in Ocala.
ANOTHER ON TRACK VICTORY FOR MICHAEL D’ORLANDO AT FWT HOMESTEAD AMIDST OFF-TRACK CONTROVERSY
February 1, 2016
In the words of the legendary Vince Lombardi, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up”. There’s no truer words to describe Michael d’Orlando’s weekend at the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge in Homestead, FL as he raced to overcome challenges and controversy, and crossed the finish line in victory for the second time in as many weeks. His on-track presence made it difficult to debate that he was the driver to beat all week.
The race weekend got off to a soggy start when Friday’s torrential rains washed out the afternoon scheduled Qualifier & Heat races. But Michael kicked off his race weekend on Saturday by qualifying his No. 251 KoeneUSA prepared Tony/Kart Junior MAX machine in the top spot in Group 2. A water condition on track for his Group’s session resulted in a slight disadvantage and after the merger of times of Groups 1 and 2, Michael would start in the 5th position, inside row 3, for the upcoming three heat races.
NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO DEBUTS IN JUNIOR MAX AT FWT
February 1, 2016
In only his second race weekend in one of the toughest classes in karting, Nicholas d’Orlando made his ROTAX Junior MAX debut last weekend at the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge event, at Homestead, FL. Despite his 34th place finish in Sunday’s final, the official result is not a reflection of his performance and is a lesson of how important it is to gain valuable experience and track time competing with some of the best drivers in the Junior ranks.
Mother Nature’s fury on Friday resulted in a wash out for afternoon Qualifying and Heat races. But Nicholas started his race week with a strong qualifying effort on Saturday morning with an impressive seventh fastest time in Group 2, albeit in a rogue wet track condition that only his group experienced. After the merger of both group’s 1 and 2 times, Nicholas would start his No. 215 KoeneUSA prepared TonyKart in the 17th slot for the upcoming three heat races, where the challenges of the Junior MAX class would be Nicholas’ professor. After struggling with the mid-pack contact and outside the top 20 in the first two heats, his 9th place finish in Heat 3 would save some grace, but only enough to move him into the 23rd starting position for Sunday’s PreFinal event.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO KICKS OFF JUNIOR ROOKIE DEBUT WITH IMPRESSIVE SHOWING AT HOMESTEAD
Janaury 22, 2016
Nicholas d’Orlando made an impressive rookie debut last weekend at the Florida Winter Tour ROK Cup USA event, in the ROK Junior class at Homestead, FL. Despite the mostly wet weather conditions and his 19th place finish in Sunday’s final, Nicholas showed he could hang with some of the best drivers in the world in the Junior ranks. He put up some very impressive numbers and was looking like he would end up with a possible top 10 finish for his rookie debut.
Nicholas’ weekend started with a strong qualifying effort Saturday morning with an impressive seventh fastest time in Group 1, in his No. 215 KoeneUSA prepared TonyKart. Improving weather conditions between qualifying groups in the junior class resulted in Group 2 times to top most of Group 1 times, so FWT officials decided to set the qualifying grid with Group 2 on the inside row and Group 1 on the outside row for the upcoming three heat races. Nicholas would start 14th in each of the heat races, improving his position up to 9th and 13th in heats 1 & 3 respectively. The second heat added some challenges for Nicholas when after the third lap his left front tire went flat. He continued to battle throughout the remainder of the race although with a disappointing 23rd place result. His efforts would set him up on the outside of row 8 in the 16th slot for Sunday’s PreFinal event, but Nicholas was focused and ready for action.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO KICKS OFF 2016 SEASON WITH MAIDEN VICTORY AT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR
Janaury 21, 2016
What a start to the 2016 season for Michael d’Orlando as he kicked off the new year at the first round of the Florida Winter Tour ROK Cup USA event by taking the victory in the Junior Rok category in spectacular fashion. Despite the inclement weather in Homestead, FL and a tough field of 32 of some of the best Junior drivers in the world, Michael proved to be one of the top drivers all week long as he took home his first win in the Junior ranks at his first race of his sophomore season.
Michael began the race weekend on Saturday morning by qualifying his No. 251 KoeneUSA prepared Tony/Kart in the second spot in Group 1. As the track conditions changed drastically from the morning heavy rains, Group 2 qualifying conditions proved to be much better and almost the entire group would out-qualify Group 1. After careful review, the stewards of FWT ruled to place Group 2 on the inside row and Group 1 on the outside row for the upcoming three heat races. This decision would put Michael in the 4th starting position, on the outside of row 2.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO COMPLETES 2015 ROOKIE CAMPAIGN AT SKUSA SUPERNATS ON A HIGH NOTE IN LAS VEGAS
December 8, 2015
Michael d’Orlando finished his rookie campaign season in Juniors with an impressive 23rd place finish battling over 70 of the best competitors from around the world in the Superkarts! USA Supernationals XIX at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Michael’s never-give-up attitude showed all weekend long, as well as season long.
Michael kicked off his race weekend on Thursday by qualifying his No. 57n KoeneUSA prepared Tony/Kart in 34th position. Although his qualifying result was disappointing, after the 71 kart international field was sorted into 4 groups based on the Qualifying results, Michael would start all three heat races in the 9th row and finish up the day in eleventh in heat 1. Friday would continue to test his adversity when he ran into trouble early in Heat 2 and ultimately would finish 26th. Back at it again in Heat 3, his 13th place finish in the heart of the battle was just enough to avoid the Last Chance Qualifiers on Saturday afternoon, and advance directly into the feature event on Super Sunday in the 32nd slot.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO ENDS CADET CAREER WITH STRONG SHOWING AT SKUSA SUPERNATS
December 8, 2015
Nicholas d’Orlando shined in the bright lights of Las Vegas once again as he took home an impressive sixth place finish, after recovering from a first turn incident, at the Superkarts! USA Supernationals XIX, showing once again why he is one of the best drivers in the field and one of the best in the cadet ranks all season long.
Nicholas put his No. 051n KoeneUSA prepared TonyKart in the top three all week long, starting with a strong qualifying effort on Thursday with the third fastest time. As the field of eighty-three drivers from around the globe were sorted into 4 groups based on the Qualifying results, Nicholas would start outside the front row for two of the heats races and the pole position for the final heat race. Crossing the line in the second spot for all 3 heats, including fastest lap honors in Heat 2, and eventually elevated to a victory after post-tech driving penalties were awarded in Heat 3, Nicholas’ solid performances set him at the top of the grid and the pole position for Super Sunday’s feature event.
D’ORLANDO BROTHERS BACK IN ACTION IN SIN CITY
November 17, 2015
Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando return to Sin City for more racing action this weekend for the 2015 SuperKarts! USA SuperNationals XIX at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This will be the boys’ first experience in the IAME engine package, with Michael in IAME Leopard/TaG Junior class and Nicholas in the IAME Mini Swift 60/TaG Cadet class. This year’s SuperNats event will be held at a new location and a new track configuration that is a .84 of a mile in length and features a main straight of 800 ft. The twelve turn circuit features a mix of corners and multiple different passing zones. It also has switched from being clockwise to a counter clockwise track putting this year’s competitive environment on an even playing field. Giving a totally new look for all the competition, Michael and Nicholas will face off against the best of the best from around the world in what is considered the “pinnacle karting event of the year”.
ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP PODIUM FOR NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO
November 12, 2015
Nicholas d’Orlando shined in the bright lights of Las Vegas as he took home a Rotax US Open Series podium finish, showing once again why he is one of the best drivers in Mini Max. Running up front all weekend long, it came down to the final race to crown the US Open Mini Max Series Champion.
Nicholas kicked off his race weekend with an impressive pole position qualifying effort on Thursday, and followed that up by putting his No.115 KoeneUSA prepared Tony/Kart in second spot in Heat #1, while earning fastest lap honors in the process. Nicholas would start Friday’s race day off right finishing second in both heats #1 and #2 to Tyler Gonzalez. After some further adjustments were made in attempt to roll in Gonzalez, Nicholas would finish the 4th and final heat in the 3rd spot. The adjustments proved to find the necessary top end speed at end of the straights that he needed but proved to be a little more challenging thru the corners.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO BATTLES THROUGH IN LAS VEGAS
November 12, 2015
The saying goes “if it was not for bad luck you’d have no luck”, but Michael d’Orlando doesn’t let that define his race weekend in Las Vegas, NV. In the final round of the Rotax US Open Series at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, Michael battled all types of obstacles all week long, from mechanical issues to just being at the wrong place at the wrong time, but he showed his perseverance, in addition to his talent. His never-give-up attitude showed that it can bring you through a field and make a good driver to be even better.
D’ORLANDO BROTHERS LOOK TO WIN BIG IN VEGAS
October 28, 2015
Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando are back on the road again this weekend as they head to famous Las Vegas, NV for the final round of the Rotax US Open series at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. Michael will be competing in Junior Max and Nicholas in Mini Max class, as they face off against the best of the best from around the world with all eyes on championship cash prizes and the all-expense paid trip to the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) as a member of the 2016 Team USA.
Both Michael and Nicholas will be looking to etch their names in the history books under the bright lights of Las Vegas as they look for big results in the inaugural US Open Final at the Rio! The recently unveiled temporary track configuration assembled just days ago in the Rio parking lot, is guaranteed to challenge all competitors and foster a competitive environment on an even playing field. When you add in the fact that the race is the final race of a three race series and the back drop of the Vegas Strip, the excitement factor is increased by ten fold.
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO TAKES THE MINI MAX US GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN DOMINATING FASHION
August 12, 2015
It was an absolute incredible weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando as he dominated the entire Mini MAX field to capture the 2015 US Grand National Championship title in Kershaw, SC. He did it in typical Nicholas d’Orlando fashion, fast and furious, as he was the head of the class all weekend long.
Nicholas started the weekend off by taking the pole in qualifying on Saturday as he put his No.115 KoeneUSA Tony/Kart on the front row, where he would start all of the heat races. He remained perfect for the entire day as he lead all laps, claimed fastest lap honors and all three victories in the Heat races, setting him up for a pole position start for Sunday’s pre-final.
NO LUCKY BREAKS FOR MICHAEL D’ORLANDO AT US GRAND NATIONALS IN KERSHAW, SC
August 12, 2015
Despite a frustrating weekend at the US Grand Nationals for Michael d’Orlando, the 13-year-old rookie showed he has the heart of a true champion as he fought back from constant adversity all race weekend long, and proved exactly why he is one of the top rookies in the Junior ranks. Until an unfortunate incident in the final, Michael was the top performing rookie in the stout field of thirty-one drivers.
Michael’s weekend kicked off with a solid ninth place qualifying effort on Friday, but Saturday’s Heat races were challenged. Overcoming contact in two out of the three Heat races and coming from the back of the pack, Michael fought his way to 8th, 16th, and 14th place finishes, putting him in the 10th starting spot for Sundays pre-final.
EYES ON THE PRIZE FOR D’ORLANDO BROTHERS AT GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
August 6, 2015
It’s the biggest national level competition of the year. National titles and spots on the US team are on the line. It’s time for the 2015 Cold Stone United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals.
Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando will be heading to Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC this week, looking to capture the Cold Stone US Rotax MAX Challenge Grand National Championship. This is the 16th annual USRMC Grand National Championship event and will crown the United States National Champions in all seven Rotax categories. In addition, this event will also award several tickets to the 2015 Rotax Grand Finals, to winners in each of the qualified classes, with a spot on Team USA in Portugal later this year.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO CONTINUES WITH A STRONG FINISH IN USPKS AT MRP
August 4, 2015
Michael d’Orlando continues to impress and improve at the Junior level as he finished last weekend’s two race event with a fourth and fifth place finish at Michiana Raceway Park (MRP) in South Bend, IN for round three of the USPKS series.
Michael’s weekend kicked off with a strong qualifying effort on Saturday as he drove his No.51 KoeneUSA Tony/Kart to a P3 qualifying position, where he would start both of the Heat races. After a struggle finishing ninth in Heat race one, the luck of nearby Notre Dame showed no evidence of existence in Heat race two, as contact early on in the race sent Michael to the back far behind the rest of the field. It was decided to end his race early to preserve tires for the final. Starting from the 12th position Michael would fight like the Irishman and make his way through the field passing seven karts and bring his No.251 KoeneUSA Tony/Kart to an impressive fifth place finish.
SOLID PERFORMANCE, NO LUCK OF THE IRISH, FOR NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO AT MRP
August 4, 2015
It was another solid weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando, with third and fourth place finishes at Michiana Raceway Park (MRP) in South Bend, IN for round three of the USPKS series. Nicholas was one of the fastest karts all weekend in MiniRok 60 Cadet but the luck of the Irish from nearby Notre Dame was in limited supply.
Nicholas started the weekend off with a solid qualifying effort on Saturday as he drove his No.15 KoeneUSA Tony/Kart to a P3 qualifying position, where he would start each of the two heat races. Heat race 1 went smoothly has he finished a very close 2nd while earning fastest lap honors. Heat race 2 showed a little more challenging with a slip down a bit to sixth place. Starting from P2 in the final, Nicholas would remain in the top-three all race long. He would cross the finish line in second but was given a driving infraction penalty on the last lap and was officially scored third.
D’ORLANDO BROTHERS READY FOR ACTION IN USPKS ROUND THREE AT MRP
July 30, 2015
Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando are getting ready for USPKS racing action with the will of a Fighting Irish, and hope a pocket full of four-leaf clovers, as they head to Michiana Raceway Park (MRP) in South Bend, IN – home of the University of Notre Dame - for round three of the series this weekend. This is a track both drivers are no strangers to and are returning for the first time since 2013.
Fresh off his dominating performance & win at the Rotax Shootout in Kershaw, SC, Nicholas will be looking to gain some ground in the Mini ROK points standings as he currently sits third.
NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO KICKS UP THE HEAT AT THE ROTAX SUMMER SHOOTOUT
July 22, 2015
It was one hot weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando at the Rotax Summer Shootout in Kershaw, SC as he dominated the Mini Max field at Carolina Motorsports Park. He was the driver to beat as he had the fastest kart in the field all weekend long.
Nicholas kicked off the weekend top of the charts in qualifying on Saturday and finished the pre-final in second while earning the fastest lap of the race honors. He would start the feature on the outside of the front row but luck would not be on his side as he got caught up in a wreck on the very first lap sending him to the tail of the field. Watching the rest of the drivers pull away, Nicholas pulled out of the race and off the race track on lap 12, an effort to save his tires for Sunday’s events. His day would end without the checkered flag but despite his early exit, Nicholas would still, once again, set fast lap before exiting to the pits.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO EARNS A TOP-5 FINISH AT THE ROTAX SUMMER SHOOTOUT
July 22, 2015
After only 6 months in the junior ranks, stand-out kart racer Michael d’Orlando knows exactly why ‘they’ consider junior to be oneof the most competitive classes in karting. The competition is fierce with experienced racers as old as 16 years, but 13-year-old Michael continues to impress with solid results.
Michael d’Orlando brought home a fifth place finish in Sundays final at this weekend’s Rotax Summer Shootout in Kershaw, SC. Although the race weekend did not start off as hoped on Saturday with a difficult 9th place qualifying result and eventually finishing the day in 10th.
THE D’ORLANDO BROTHERS HEAD TO KERSHAW, SC FOR THE ROTAX SUMMER SHOOTOUT
July 15, 2015
Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando are gearing up for racing action at this weekend’s Rotax Summer Shootout at the .7-mile 16 turns track at Carolina Motorsports park in Kershaw, SC. Dubbed the ‘Unofficial Tune- up’ for the Cold Stone US Rotax Grand Nationals, teams and drivers will have the opportunity to test on the same track layout that they will run three short weeks later in the Grand National event. With competitors expected from across the United States, Jamaica and the Caribbean, the Rotax Summer Shootout will be an official United States Rotax MAX Challenge event and a double race weekend.
"WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS"
July 10, 2015
The d’Orlando Brothers, and d’Orlando Racing, are proud to announce the opening of its online store www.dorlandoracingstore.com. The store will provide fans and racers with the opportunity to purchase adidas Motorsports karting merchandise and Kool Nerd merchandise.
“This is such an exciting day for d’Orlando Racing”, said Sherri and Michael d’Orlando. “This is a great opportunity to have great partners in building our d’Orlando Racing brand and having the opportunity to be branding with two great companies such as adidas and Kool Nerd Clothing.”
NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO BRINGS HOME SECOND PLACE FINISH IN GRAND JUNCTION
July 2, 2015
It was another solid weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando in Grand Junction, CO for round two of the Rotax US Open series. This was the first time Nicholas raced at Grand Junction and he could be found near the front of the pack from day one.
He kicked off the weekend with a solid qualifying effort in third spot, followed up by a victory in heat one on Friday. He continued into Saturday’s racing with a dominant run in heat two leading every lap to take the win again. Continuing his efforts up front, he would finish heat race three and four in second, to fellow top competitor, Jak Crawford.
With his solid performance in the heats, Nicholas would head into the final on Sunday as the driver to beat. He started his No.115 KoeneUSA prepared Tony/Kart on the pole and had a great start to the race leading the pack for the first 10 laps. On lap 11 a charging Jak Crawford from second slot, caught Nicholas, to pass him for the lead. Nicholas did all he could to catch Crawford but he would run out laps to finish second.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO TAKES HOME THIRD AT GRAND JUNCTION MOTOR SPEEDWAY
July 2, 2015
What a weekend for Michael d’Orlando, in Grand Junction, CO, for round two of the Rotax US OPEN series. This was the first time Michael raced at Grand Junction and he was one of the fastest drivers while earning the unofficial “hard charger” title (compliments of kart360.com) for passing the most karts all weekend.
Michael’s weekend kicked off on Friday with an impressive fourth place qualifying position, followed up by a seventh place finish in heat one. Saturday’s racing would test Michael’s perseverance and he passed with flying colors. After starting in the seventh slot for heat two, contact early sent him down the order to finish 23rd. Then starting 23rd in heat three, Lady Luck would again be against him when Michael’s charge through the field ended abruptly after he dropped the chain while making his way up to the seventh spot on lap eight. Maintaining poise and focus, he would start heat four in 27th but would put on a passing clinic moving up 23 spots to a fourth place finish.
THE D’ORLANDO BROTHERS HEAD TO THE ROCKIES FOR ROUND TWO OF US OPEN RACING ACTION
June 24, 2015
Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando will look to be rockin’ Colorado as they head to Grand Junction Motor Speedway in Grand Junction for round two of the Rotax US OPEN Series. This will be the first time both Michael and Nicholas will be racing at Grand Junction. The .9 mile, 32' wide asphalt sprint track offers fast straights, technical corners, and hairpin turns, which will make for some intense racing.
With a US Open round one podium finish in the Mini Max class in Dallas, TX and currently sitting third in the Championship points, Nicholas is looking to build on his success as he heads into this weekend’s racing.
“I am looking forward to racing at Grand Junction Motor Speedway this weekend,” said Nicholas. “This will be another new track for me coming from Shawano, WI last weekend. I had a good run in Dallas in the first round last May and I am looking to have another good run here in Colorado.”
A TOUGH WEEKEND FOR NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO AT THE UNITED STATES PRO KARTING SERIES IN SHAWANO, WI
June 23, 2015
It was a challenging race weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando at the United States Pro Karting Series in Shawano, WI with its share of ups and downs. Heading into the weekend as the series leader in the MiniRok Cadet class, with no previous experience at US Air Motorsports and limited track time for the single practice day, Nicholas would take on a tough field of MiniRok drivers with more experience at one of the most technical tracks in the country.
Saturday’s round three action started out strong for Nicholas as he was top-10 in qualifying and heat’s. After starting in the seventh spot, Nicholas worked his way back up the field to finish second in the main event for Saturday's USPKS MiniRok race. But the celebration was short lived unfortunately when a failed post-race technical inspection for a spark plug removed him from the official results.
A PODIUM FINISH FOR MICHAEL D’ORLANDO AT THE UNITED STATES PRO KARTING SERIES IN SHAWANO, WI
June 23, 2015
It wasn’t easy for Michael d’Orlando as he brought home his first podium finish in the junior ranks at US Air Motorsports in Shawano, WI this weekend. Overcoming a non-qualifying time on Saturday and a flat tire in the heat races on Sunday, Michael finished off rounds three & four of the USPKS series in the Junior Leopard class with a fifth and third place result.
With no previous experience at US Air Motorsports and only one day of practice with limited laps on Friday, Saturday’s round three of the United States Pro Karting Series (USPKS) kicked off with a little bad luck for Michael after an incident in qualifying prevented him to post a time and forcing him to start both heat races from the tail of the field. He fought back throughout the days heat races and finished the final with an impressive fifth place result after starting 11th on the grid.
THE D’ORLANDO BROTHERS KICK OFF THEIR SUMMER SCHEDULE AT US AIR MOTORSPORTS FOR ROUNDS THREE & FOUR OF THE UNITED STATES PRO KARTING SERIES
June 17, 2015
It’s time kick off some summer racing for Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando as they will be looking for big results at US Air Motorsports in Shawano, WI this weekend. The drivers will take to track for rounds three & four of the United States Pro Karting Series (USPKS) and their first of six scheduled events over the next 11 weeks, with their team KoeneUSA. This will be the first time Michael & Nicholas will be racing at US Air Motorsports and are looking to bring the momentum and success they had at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC with them this weekend to Shawano.
With his impressive USPKS debut sweeping rounds one & two at GoPro Motorplex, Nicholas knows all eyes will be on him as he heads into this weekend’s race. He currently leads the points in the Vortex Mini ROK class and knows he will be the one everyone will be gunning for.
SOLID START FOR NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO AT THE INAUGURAL ROTAX US OPEN AT THE DALLAS KARTING COMPLEX
June 2, 2015
Despite bad weather for most of the weekend, Nicholas d’Orlando would not let mother nature spoil his race weekend, finishing third in the inaugural Rotax US Open series at the Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) in Caddo Mills, Texas.
The weekend for Nicholas kicked off with a disappointing qualifying effort for seventh, but recovered slightly by finishing third in the first heat race of the weekend. The rains would continue into Saturday as Nicholas headed into heat races two, three, and four poised for better results. He would start off with an impressive win in heat race two. After crossing the line in the 3rd slot, and given a five position penalty for a technical infraction in heat race three, Nicholas lined up for the final heat race in the 8th slot and worked his way back up quickly to finish second of the day.
MICHAEL D’ORLANDO HAS A STRONG SHOWING IN ROUND ONE OF THE US OPEN SERIES AT DALLAS KARTING COMPLEX
June 2, 2015
It was one of those race weekends, full of its share of obstacles, but that did not stop Michael d’Orlando from having a strong showing at the inaugural Rotax US Open series at the Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) in Caddo Mills, Texas. Between the rain, getting a DQ on Saturday, and being spun out in Sundays final on his way to a top-10 finish, Michael showed his resilience overcoming the weekend’s obstacles and proving why he is one of the top drivers in the field.
THE D’ORLANDO BROTHERS HEAD TO THE LONE STAR STATE FOR ROUND ONE OF THE US OPEN SERIES
May 13, 2015
Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando head to the Lone Star State this weekend to compete in the inaugural Rotax US Open series at the Dallas Karting Complex (DKC) in Caddo Mills, Texas. This weekend will kick off round one of MAXSpeed Entertainment’s newly formed three race program that will see stops in Caddo Mills, Texas, and Grand Junction, Colorado and end on “The Strip” in famous Las Vegas, Nevada for the Championship Finale. With Michael competing in Junior Max and Nicholas in Mini Max class of the Rotax MAX series, the best of the best will have their eyes on championship cash prizes and the all-expense paid trip to the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals (RMCGF) as a member of Team USA in November.
Michael and Nicholas will be looking for big results at the Dallas Karting Complex (DKC). They are no strangers to the 0.8 mile long race track and its 17 impressive sharp turns as they have had success here in the past.
After a very impressive USPKS debut sweeping rounds one & two at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, NC, Nicholas looks to carry that momentum forward but knows it is a whole new ball game heading into Dallas.
MICHAEL AND NICKS EXCELLENT NASCAR ADVENTURE
May 11, 2015
With their schedule being so busy it is very rare that Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando get a chance to take time out to take in the sites of cities they get to race in. But recently, d’Orlando Racing took some quality time out to visit some of NASCAR’s biggest and most successful teams, as well as Charlotte Motor Speedway, while they were in Mooresville, NC also known as Race City USA.
Their first stop was to Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in Mooresville, NC. Busch is not only one of NASCAR’s biggest stars but a very successful team owner. Since running its first race in 2010 KBM has earned over 40 victories in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck, Xfinity Series, and late models. Michael and Nicholas got to see up close one of the most state of art shops as well as all the race vehicles, awards, and trophies on display.
NICHOLAS SWEEPS THE WEEKEND IN RACE CITY USA, AS MICHAEL EARNS SOLID TOP 10 FINISHES IN THEIR USPKS DEBUTS
May 1, 2015
Even the rain could not stop the d’Orlando brothers from an impressive debut in Race City USA, Mooresville, NC, as Nicholas kicked off his United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) campaign for 2015 at GoPro Motorplex, earning back-to-back wins in MiniRok 60 Cadet, and Michael showed why he is one of the top rookies to watch coming away with two impressive top 10 finishes in his Lepoard 125 Junior debut.
What a race weekend for Nicholas d’Orlando as he battled both the elements and a solid field of drivers in MinRok 60 Cadet winning both Saturday and Sunday races. His weekend kicked off with solid runs in Friday’s practices in perfect North Carolina spring weather but conditions would change as the rain came in on Saturday morning causing very slick track conditions. Nicholas had to quickly adapt to the slick track as he ran solid through practice into qualifying as he put his No.15 Tony Kart in 3rd spot. In Heat Race 1 Nicholas would fall back as far as 18th but then battled back to finish up in 8th position. He would start Heat Race 2 once again in the qualified 3rd spot and fell back to 4th on lap-4 but in lap-6 he would take 2nd with team mate Ugo Ugochukwu holding him off to finish in 2nd.
THE D’ORLANDO BROTHERS KICK OFF THEIR 2015 UNITED STATES PRO KART SERIES CAMPAIGN IN RACE CITY USA
April 23, 2015
The d’Orlando brothers head to Race City USA, Mooresville, NC, home to many of the top NASCAR teams, to kick off their United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) campaign for 2015 at GoPro Motorplex. Michael and Nicholas are no strangers to the 0.7-mile sprint track and both have had great success here in the past with Michael claiming the race win & national championship title in Rotax Mini Max and Nicholas crowned Vice-Champion in Rotax Micro Max in 2013, additionally both were consistently in front of the field in the 2014 PanAm Challenge.
THE D'ORLANDO BROTHERS TEAM UP WITH KOOL NERD CLOTHING TO HELP EXPAND ITS BRAND
April 21, 2015
D'Orlando Racing Corp. (DRC) is proud to announce Kool Nerd Clothing, as a sponsor of the d'Orlando Brothers, rising stars in the karting world of motorsports, with many championships and race wins on their resumes. Kool Nerd Clothing (KNC) is an inspirational lifestyle apparel brand with a line of apparel that function as "billboards" boldly celebrating the core values of Kool Nerds - Hard work, Intelligence, Individuality and Passion. Michael and Nicholas will be highlighted in Kool Nerd Clothing's "Built-by-Passion" campaign, where the DRC team will share their stories of pursuing their passion to become America’s next #1 racing team.
ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP PODIUM RESULT FOR NICHOLAS D’ORLANDO AT THE COLD STONE FLORIDA WINTER TOUR
April 1, 2015
It was another championship podium for Nicholas d’Orlando and almost another top ten for Michael d’Orlando, as d’Orlando Racing capped off their 2015 Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed Rotax Max Challenge championship in Ocala, FL last weekend. Nicholas would earn his second podium finish of the three-month series with a third place in Sunday’s Mini Max final, earning him a Third Place overall in the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge Mini Max points championship series, and his second championship podium for the Florida Winter Tour two series event. Older brother Michael would finish up his rookie Rotax Junior Max campaign with an impressive 7th place finish in Sunday’s Rotax Junior final showing he’s one of the top rookies in the class with an 11th place overall for the points series.
NICHOLAS EARNS VICE-CHAMPION TITLE IN OCALA, FL AS MICHAEL BREAKS INTO THE TOP 10 AS A ROOKIE
March 25, 2015
Wow! What an exciting weekend of racing for Nicholas d’Orlando and the d’Orlando brothers at the Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed championship weekend in Ocala, FL. Nicholas took home the Vice Championship title in the Mini Rok series as he contended with European Jonny Edgar in a nail biting point’s battle. It would come down to the final race of the weekend in Mini Rok to crown the champion, while older brother Michael would finish up his rookie Junior Rok campaign as one of the top rookies and 10th overall in the championship.
BROTHERS D'ORLANDO JOIN ADIDAS'S GROUP OF ELITE DRIVERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO REPRESENT ADIDAS MOTORSPORT
March 18, 2015
The d’Orlando Brothers, and d’Orlando Racing Corp., are proud to announce a partnership with Fyshe Limited, adidas Global Motorsport partner, to promote adidas Motorsport products during the 2015 racing season. Both Michael and Nicholas d’Orlando are rising stars in the karting world of motorsports, with many championships and race wins on their resumes, and also including additional honors such as EKartingnews Driver of the Month, #1 Cadet driver in North America ranking (Michael) in 2014 by two of the sports major media outlets (Kart360.com and kartrank.com), and Nicholas also ranked in the top 10 (kartrank.com and Kart360.com honorable mention). They look to bring the adidas Motorsport brand many wins on their 2015 karting campaign.
DRC IN THE HUNT FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER WET & WILD RACE WEEKEND AND NICHOLAS DOES A DOUBLE ON THE ROKS
March 17, 2015
It was a wet and wild weekend for the d’Orlando brothers at the past Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed in Orlando, FL. The rains came in on Saturday and into Sunday morning causing extremely slick racing conditions at the Orlando Kart Center and putting both d’Orlando brothers wet driving skills to the test.
Only just a week before, Nicholas took the double win at the Orlando Kart Center for rounds 3 & 4 of the Florida Winter Tour Vortex Rok series, in the most exciting feature events of the weekend in the Mini Rok class. Consistently in the top 3 all weekend long throughout the qualifying sessions and heat races, Nicholas would maintain patience & composure in a six kart battle throughout the 14 lap final race, making a last lap move to take the victory on Saturday. Similarly on Sunday, he put the stamp on the weekend running top 5 again all day, and after jumping to the lead early in Sunday’s final, he took his second victory in dominating fashion, giving him his 3rd victory out of 4 for the series thus far.
The Brothers d'Orlando Get Ready For Round Three Of The Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour
February 18, 2015
With the harsh winter still raging back in the northeast Michael, Nicholas and d'Orlando Racing Corp., Inc. (DRC) are enjoying the warmer climate in Central Florida. The team will spend the next two weeks continuing their 2015 racing campaign in the Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed at the Orlando Kart Center. Both d’Orlando brothers are hungry and ready to get back to racing action.
d'Orlando Racing Corp., Inc. (DRC) spent last weekend testing for round three of the Cold Stone Florida Winter Tour Powered by MAXSpeed. Michael and Nicholas along with their Cart Chiefs and teams have been working hard on race setups in preparation for this weekend’s race.
Kart360 Power Rankings Vote Michael d'Orlando on Top
January 12, 2015
Last month reams of data were used by KartRank.com to rank Michael d'Orlando 2014's #1 Rookie TaG Cadet kart racer and now Kart360 has announced Michael #1 in their Power Rankings for the 2014 season in the Cadet category.
How'd the ranking work you ask? After a major race championship concluded, the Kart360 Power Rankings Committee - made up of ten of the top team managers, tuners, and influential individuals in North American karting - voted on their top ten North American drivers. In the Kart360 rankings he topped Dylan Tavella and Jagger Jones.
America's Top-Ranked TaG Driver? Michael d'Orlando
December 9, 2014
It's not a popularity contest.
It's not about who the champions are.
It's not about the prestigious - or not-name of a race or a series or championship.
It's about being ranked the top karter in a division based on who - and how many - other drivers you've driven against. And beaten.
Enjoy the Highs - and Leverage the Lows
December 3, 2014
Every truly talented driver, from those on the first step of the motorsport ladder to its very top, will experience very high highs and really low lows. Not just race to race. Even a single race weekend can be a yo-yo of emotions, successes and failures experienced within hours, even minutes, of each other.
But good racers learn from the highs and lows. Good racers become better precisely because they've been taken out or made a mistake or failed in their judgment.
Good racers take advantage, because they're smart enough to learn what it takes to become the best...
When Lady Luck Runs Amok
October 30, 2014
In the racing world, sometimes Lady Luck can be a bummer.
At the Cold Stone Rotax Pan American Challenge held at the GoPro Motorplex 30 miles north of Charlotte last weekend, the Brothers d'Orlando, Michael and Nicholas, got slapped around by the vagaries of luck. It's to their credit that after a heapin' helpin' of Lady Luck's Best Bad, they both put together stellar drives in the Mini Max final.
In Michael's case, the weekend actually started out brilliantly: In his three heats he took a third, a second and a first. Those efforts earned Michael the outside front row for the Pre-Final. Lookin' good... until lap two, when the engine up and quit, thank you very much, Ms. Luck.
11 Year Old Rookies, 12 Year Old Veterans
July 30, 2014
For those not versed in the world of competitive kart racing, where the age-range of drivers goes from barely out of single digits to as “old” as 16, it’s probably difficult to think in terms of rookies and veterans. But that is in fact the case, and the Bros. d’Orlando – Michael, 12 and Nicholas, 11, both of whom have shown race- and title-winning talent over the past couple years – gave us stark examples of it at the Cold Stone Creamery Rotax Grand Nationals at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
Michael the veteran was defending his 2013 Mini Max championship; for Nicholas, it was his first Mini Max Grand National.
d'Orlandos Do Dallas
May 16, 2014
Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando, the exceptionally successful kart racers from Hartsdale, New York - the boys are 12 and 11 years-old respectively - went large in Texas, racing two consecutive weekends in Dallas in two different events, both at the Dallas Karting Complex.
On April 26-27 they raced in the Texas Pro Kart Challenge, followed by the Superkarts! USA (SKUSA) Pro Tour SpringNationals on May 3-4.
Team Koene USA, led by Michael Maurini, used the TPKC race weekend as a test session of sorts, preparing for the more prominent SKUSA races. "We needed the boys to come to grip with a new facility, so we worked on chassis set-up and learning the track," said Maurini. "They both learned a lot every session; we were pleasantly surprised they were consistently at the front of the field."
Brand of Brothers
March 25, 2014
There was Ralf and Michael. Bobby and Terry. Mario and Aldo. Geoff, Gary and David. Pedro and Ricardo. And, the Brothers Unser.
The way things look now, there's hope that not too far down the road we might be invoking "Mike and Nick," the d'Orlando brothers.
Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando from Hartsdale, New York, are already seasoned vets in top-rank kart racing. Michael, 12 years old, and Nicholas, 11, race for Indy-based Team Koene USA with Tony Kart chassis.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO NAMED EKARTINGNEWS.COM'S DRIVER OF THE MONTH
February 13, 2014
In a continued effort to highlight the many outstanding performances by drivers around the country, eKartingNews.com is proud to introduce the 'Driver of the Month' program. Each month, the staff at EKN will determine the one driver who stood out above the rest and give the viewers a chance to know exactly what they accomplished and who they are.
In a blink of an eye, the first month of 2014 has come and gone. Many throughout the country are battling the blues of winter weather, with the exception of a few states missing out on the snow storms that have hit the warmer areas of the country. The weather however was perfect for racing at the Homestead Karting facility in January, as the Florida Winter Tour program kicked off its 2014 program for both the Formula Kart and the international Rotax Max Challenge. From the two weekends, the hottest driver on-track was New York's Michael d'Orlando - who has been named the eKartingNews.com Driver of the Month for January 2014.
D'ORLANDOS SHOW SPEED IN NORTH AMERICA'S LARGEST KARTING EVENTS
December 11, 2013
Capping of the 2013 karting season, the d'Orlando duo of Michael and Nicholas would join their Team Koene USA squad at the season's two largest events. First taking place in New Orleans, Louisiana, the young up-and-coming drivers would take part in the Rotax Micro & Mini Invitational during the annual Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals at the pristine NOLA Motorsports Park before traveling west to the famous city of Las Vegas, Nevada for the SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals.
Garnering his ticket courtesy of his Rotax Mini Max National Championship, Michael d'Orlando would compete aboard a Haase chassis against thirty-five other competitors from the same age group. Behind the wheel of equally prepared machines, Michael would qualify in the sixth position after performing well throughout the two practice sessions. With a warm-up, prefinal and main event on the docket for Saturday, d'Orlando would fall back one position in the heat race before making a charge forward in the final.
D'ORLANDO DUO RUNS WELL AT PAN-AMERICAN CHALLENGE AT NOLA
October 28, 2013
Heading to the brand new NOLA Karting facility just south of New Orleans, Louisiana, d'Orlando Racing (DRC. Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would see action in the annual Rotax Pan-American Challenge. Taking place on the same circuit as this year's Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals and Mini & Micro Invitational, the brothers would look to learn the track and challenge for race wins and podium results during the international karting event.
Competing with Team Koene USA, older brother Michael d'Orlando would be back behind the wheel of his Koene USA powered Tony Kart in the Rotax Mini Max ranks, while Nicholas d'Orlando would be back in the Rotax Micro Max field. Competing at the Texas Pro Kart Challenge event the week prior to get familiar with the track, location and surroundings of the challenging circuit, the duo would then enter the Pan-American Challenge to build on their successful season.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO SCORES ROTAX MINI MAX NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
August 5, 2013
Making the switch in teams in early January and then switching to the Tony Kart brand in May, it was a year of change for d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando. Looking to get up to speed early but understanding the learning curve of a new team and new equipment, the duo would hit their stride early and never look back. Taking victories at the annual Florida Winter Tour, World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup and GoPro Summer Shooutout, it was time to focus on the annual Rotax Max Challenge United States Grand Nationals. Competing at the GoPro Motorplex facility under the Team Koene USA banner, Rotax Mini Max driver Michael d'Orlando would claim the race win and national championship title while Rotax Micro Max competitor Nicholas d'Orlando would be crowned Vice-Champion.
MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO SCORE VICTORIES AT GOPRO SUMMER SHOOTOUT
July 11, 2013
After competing at the fourth round of the World Karting Association Manufacturers Cup program in South Bend, Indiana, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would head south to Mooresville, North Carolina. Traveling directly to the GoPro Motorplex in preparation for the GoPro Summer Shootout, the d'Orlando duo would return to Rotax powered karts in the hopes of bringing Team Koene USA another victory.
Hitting the track late Wednesday afternoon and running in both wet and dry conditions on Thursday, the duo would have a busy Friday testing new engines provided by Koene USA. Showing their speed right out of the box, both Michael and Nicholas were one of the quickest drivers in their respective divisions.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO SCORES MAIDEN WKA MANUFACTURERS CUP VICTORY
April 9, 2013
Closing out the annual Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT) in late March, Michael d'Orlando would trade in his Vortex Mini Rok and Rotax engines in for Comer and Yamaha power plants and shift his focus to the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup program. With the first event already under wraps, d'Orlando and his Team Koene USA squad would head to Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina for round two of the series.
With cold and rainy conditions presenting themselves on Thursday's prep day, teams would finally hit the track Friday morning. High winds and temperatures below average would be the norm for the day, as drivers would look to get up to speed in their respective classes.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO CLAIMS FIRST CAREER FLORIDA WINTER TOUR VICTORY
April 4, 2013
Descending on the Ocala Gran Prix facility for the final round of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT), Team Koene USA and DRC Inc. supported pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would look to finish their winter karting campaign off on the right foot. With the season now in full swing, both drivers continued to show constant improvement with Michael d'Orlando standing atop the podium in the TaG Cadet class during the final round of the series.
"It was a great close to the Florida Winter Tour program," explained Sherri d’Orlando. "We are really happy with both Michael and Nicholas' progress and we have high hopes for them for the rest of the 2013 karting season."
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO EARNS FIRST CAREER FLORIDA WINTER TOUR VICTORY
March 19, 2013
Entering the final rounds of the Formula Kart weekend of the 2013 Florida Winter Tour, Michael d'Orlando had three podium results to his credit. Taking to the Ocala Gran Prix facility in Ocala, Florida this past weekend, d'Orlando would add yet another second place podium result as well as earn his first career FWT victory in Sunday's final against a tight field of 31 competitors.
Taking a heat race win and scoring the pole position for the final, d'Orlando was able to hold onto the point through the opening complex of corners. Battling in the racy TaG Cadet class, d'Orlando would fight for the top spot until he was able to make a final pass in the closing circuits stick as he cruised to the stripe, throwing his arms up to celebrate his victory.
D'ORLANDO RACING PODIUMS AT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR HOMESTEAD EVENTS
February 27, 2013
In only their second event with new karting outfit, Team Koene USA, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando were able to have breakout events at the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT). Taking to the Homestead Karting Complex, located on the grounds of the hallowed Homestead-Miami Speedway, for two back-to-back weekends, Michael made three trips to podium presentations while Nicholas showed a major breakthrough and was able to post some of his best results ever.
Taking to the 7/10-mile permanent sprint circuit for the first event weekend, both Michael and Nicholas would see action in the Formula Vortex TaG Cadet class. Michael showed great speed during Saturday's morning warm-up, as the 10-year-old clocked second overall. Falling slightly to seventh in official qualifying, Michael would be near the pointy end of the field of 31 competitors for the heat racing action. Nicholas would clock a solid 18th place in the session.
MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO EXCEL WITH NEW TEAM AT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR
February 22, 2013
After joining forces with new karting team Koene USA for the 2013 season, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) drivers Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando have scored their best ever results in Florida Winter Tour (FWT) action. With their first event with the new team wrapping up in January at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), the brothers are now back in action in sunny Homestead, Florida at the Homestead Karting Complex.
Entering the Vortex TaG Cadet category for last weekend's competition, Michael came away with not one, but two podium finishes after placing third on Saturday and second on Sunday. Younger brother Nicholas also had a major breakthrough, placing just outside the top-five with his sixth place run on Sunday.
D'ORLANDO DRIVERS SET TO CHALLENGE 2013
January 30, 2013
After starting off their 2013 racing season at the World Karting Association (WKA) Daytona Kartweek in late December, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando made some major changes before the start of the ultra-competitive and popular Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT). Heading to the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida for back-to-back weekends in both the Formula Kart and Rotax classes, the duo was seen running under the direction of new karting team, Koene USA.
"We are excited to have both d'Orlando brothers compete under our new operation," stated Koene USA co-owner Mike Maurini. "Michael and Nicholas will run with Koene USA, under the direction of Martijn Koene and myself for the 2013 season. I will be working with Michael, while Adam Johnson will continue to work with Nicholas and Martijn will overseas team operations."
Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando set for 2013 Florida Winter Tour
January 10, 2013
After recently kicking off their 2013 racing season at WKA KartWeek in Daytona Beach, Florida, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) drivers Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando are set to begin a grueling six-weekend schedule at the prestigious Florida Winter Tour series. Karters from around the globe partake in the annual winter series, and Michael and Nicholas will make their start this weekend for the first of three back-to-back weekends during the winter months.
DRC Inc. will first see action at the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida during the Formula Kart weekend January 12-13, with both pilots gunning for wins in the TaG Cadet class against a strong field of 45+ competitors. Next weekend, Michael and Nicholas will be back for the first Rotax event, with Michael taking on the Rotax Mini Max class while Nicholas will compete in Rotax Micro Max.
MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO COMPETE AT SKUSA SUPERNATIONALS
November 27, 2012
After closing the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup season and competing at the first ever Yamaha Junior Sportsman Money Race held over the annual Robopong 200 event weekend, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would make the cross country trek to Las Vegas, Nevada. Competing at the .85-mile, 14 corner temporary circuit on the grounds of the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, both drivers would attack the TaG Cadet division at SuperNationals XVI.
With older brother Michael having experience at the largest event in North America, Nicholas would compete in his first career SuperNationals and only his fourth ever Mini Rok event. Showing speed throughout the two official test days, both drivers looked poised and ready for qualifying and the wheel-to-wheel action that would ultimately set the grid for Super Sunday.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO CLAIMS TOP FIVE AT INAUGURAL EVENT OVER ROBOPONG WEEKEND
October 22, 2012
With the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup season coming to a close just over a month ago, it was back to the New Castle Motorsports Park facility for an inaugural event. This time, taking part in the Yamaha Junior Sportsman money race held over the same weekend as the Robopong 200 - Dan Wheldon Memorial Cup, Michael would walk the paddock with some of the country's elite karting drivers as well as several from the Mazda Road to Indy program and IZOD IndyCar Series regulars as he battled for a hefty paycheck.
Racing aboard his Adam Johnson prepared J3 Competition Kosmic chassis, Michael would hit the track on Friday morning for pre event practice. Splitting track time with three other racing divisions over the weekend, Michael's track time would be limited before official competition would begin. Trying to find the necessary speed, the DRC Inc. (d'Orlando Racing) driver left the facility on Friday looking for more.
MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO CLOSE WKA PROGRAM WITH MORE PODIUMS
September 26, 2012
Descending on the ultra fast New Castle Motorsports Park facility in New Castle, Indiana, d'Orlando Racing pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would see action in the final round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup program. When the weekend finally came to end and podiums were awarded, Michael would claim a pair of fourth place results while Nicholas, moving up a class for the final round, would score a valiant top ten finish.
Saturday would see a stacked field of 24 drivers seeing action in the Cadet Junior Sportsman division. Michael, familiar with the competition and sitting seventh in the overall point standings, would qualify his J3 Competition prepared Kosmic kart in the seventh position. Nicholas, who made the move from the Yamaha Rookie class to the Cadet field, would turn the 16th quickest time of the qualifying session.
D'ORLANDO RACING DRIVERS TURN HEADS AT UNITED STATES ROTAX GRAND NATIONALS
August 20, 2012
After completing the fifth round of the World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup and making the trek from Illinois to northern Indiana, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas would see action in the United States Rotax Grand Nationals. Taking place at the Jet Karting of Michiana Raceway Park facility under changing weather conditions throughout the week, Nicholas claimed a sixth place result in Rotax Micro Max, while Michael would run close to the front of the field in Mini Max, but would have some bad racing luck in the final.
After progressing through the unofficial test days leading up to the event, Michael would begin his quest for a national championship with a solid fifth position in the last official timed practice. Excited for Thursday morning qualifying, on again off again rain would move into the area throwing a wrench into the results. Qualifying in the tenth position, Michael would start each of his three heat races from outside row five.
PODIUMS FOR D'ORLANDO RACING IN WKA COMPETITION
August 15, 2012
With a host of events throughout the month of August, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) would travelwest to the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway near Norway, Illinois for the penultimate round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup. With championship battles taking shape, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would be back on track in their respective divisions as they looked to continue their upward swing of results on the national level.
Competing in the Yamaha Junior Sportsman and Cadet Junior Sportsman classes, Michael d'Orlando would have one of his best weekends of national competition in his young career. Saturday would see the youngster qualify his Yamaha powered kart on the front row, missing the pole position by a scant .08 seconds. Consistently running at the front of the pack throughout the day, Michael turned the fastest lap in the prefinal en route to a second place result before battling hard in wet weather conditions in the main event.
MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO TAKE HOME VICTORIES AT NEW JERSEY SPRINT SERIES
July 30, 2012
With no national racing on the calendar, it was back to regional level competition for d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando as the duo would compete at their home facility of Oakland Valley Race Park (OVRP). Taking part in their first round of the 2012 New Jersey Sprint Series program, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando both found their way to the top step of the podium on multiple occasions.
Competing under sun drenched skies, Nicholas would see action in the Yamaha Rookie Sportsman category that would compete on both event days. Taking the pole position, prefinal win and main event victory to sweep Saturday's wheel-to-wheel action, Nicholas did the same on Sunday to dominate the weekend.
MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO HAVE IMPRESSIVE RUNS AT WKA MANUFACTURER'S CUP
July 12, 2012
After competing at the Jet Karting Rotax Summer Shootout a week prior, it was back to the Michiana Raceway Park facility in South Bend, Indiana for the fourth round of the World Karting Association Manufacturer's Cup program. On a weekend that saw record temperatures and multiple drivers and crew members suffering from heat exhaustion, Michael and Nicholas took everything in stride and gained valuable points in the chase for the end of the year title.
Competing in the Yamaha Rookie class, the youngest DRC Inc. pilot Nicholas, would start his Saturday off on the right foot by qualifying in the second position. Falling backwards in the prefinal, Nicholas would end the day in the eighth position but would look to improve in Sunday's wheel-to-wheel competition.
SOLID RESULTS FOR D'ORLANDO RACING DRIVERS AT ROTAX SUMMER SHOOTOUT
July 10, 2012
Shifting their focus to the 2012 United States Rotax Grand Nationals, d'Orlando Racing Corp. (DRC Inc.) pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando competed two weekends ago in northern Indiana. Seeing action at the Jet Karting facility at Michiana Raceway Park , Michael would claim a pair of top six results after spirited drives through the field while younger brother Nicholas, would claim his first Rotax international podium with a solid second place finish.
Heading into qualifying on Saturday morning, both Michael and Nicholas were confident about their chances of starting at the front of their respective fields. Michael would manage to turn the fourth quickest circuit in the Rotax Mini Max division while younger brother Nicholas, who would compete in Rotax Micro Max, managed the fifth quickest lap and would line up Saturday's wheel-to-wheel action inside row three.
MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO SHOW RACECRAFT AT NJMP
May 31, 2012
Heading to Millville, New Jersey and the tricky New Jersey Motorsports Park, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would see action in the third and fourth rounds of the Northeast RMax Regional Series. Competing in the Rotax Mini Max and Micro Max divisions respectively, both drivers would show their natural skills and abilities as they were forced to come through the field. When the final checkered flag had flown, four top five's were garnered between the duo as they continue to claim solid results.
Competing in the Rotax Mini Max class, Michael's Saturday would not start out on the right foot. Failing to post a time in the morning qualifying session, the eldest of the brothers would be forced to start his wheel-to-wheel action from the tail of the field. Working forward throughout the prefinal, Michael claimed a solid fifth place finish and would look for more in the main event.
D'ORLANDO RACING SPONSORS INTRO TO KARTING EVENT FOR LOCAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL
May 23, 2012
During a rare off weekend during the month of May, d'Orlando Racing Corp., in coordination with Tim Hannen of Hannen Motorsports, hosted a track day for over forty drivers at one of the premier facilities in the Northeast, Oakland Valley Race Park (OVRP). Taking a group of seventeen kids between five and ten years old, and their parents trackside, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando used their skills and leadership for an evening of 'Introduction to Karting'.
"It was a great night out for the kids and their families," explained Sherri d'Orlando after the event concluded in the night of Friday May 11th. "There was an introduction to the sport, driver assessment as well as some lead/follow exercises performed by Michael and Nicholas."
MORE TOP TEN FINISHES FOR MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO IN WKA COMPETITION
May 14, 2012
Descending on the newly renamed Pittsburgh Racing Complex, d'Orlando Racing pilots, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would look to continue momentum gained at the previous events. Fresh off of podium results at both the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup event in South Carolina and a Northeast Rotax Max Challenge event at Oakland Valley Race Park, the duo would return to WKA action in Wampum, Pennsylvania.
With multiple classes for each and every age group, Michael would compete in the Cadet Junior Sportsman and Yamaha Junior Sportsman division on both Saturday and Sunday while younger brother Nicholas would do battle in the Yamaha Rookie class. Progressing through the unofficial practice day on Friday, the d'Orlando brothers immediately showed their ability to quickly adapt to the changing conditions and were set to hit the track Saturday morning for qualifying runs before wheel-to-wheel action would take place later that day.
D'ORLANDO BROTHERS LOOK TO CARRY MOMENTUM INTO WKA COMPETITION
May 2, 2012
Fresh off a weekend of regional karting action, d'Orlando Racing pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando will head back to their national campaign as they look to carry their podium winning momentum into the Pittsburgh Racing Complex. Taking to the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturers Cup program at the challenging facility in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, at the track formerly known as BeaveRun Racing Complex, the duo will see action against a host of other North American drivers as the heart of the karting season approaches.
"Both Michael and Nicholas tested at the facility a few weeks ago in preparation for this event," expressed Team Manager Sherri d'Orlando. "After performing so well in the last round at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, we felt that the only way to improve on the podium results gained was to get to the track early and try to come to grips with the fast and technical facility."
The drivers will be looking to continue their podium streak after success this past weekend at their home facility of Oakland Valley Race Park, in the Rotax RMax Challenge Northeast Regional Series. With the assistance of J3 Competition's Adam Johnson, both Michael & Nicholas carried on with their impressive race results. Both drivers stood on the podium both days with Michael taking a victory and second place result in only his second career Rotax Mini Max race and Nicholas claiming a pair of third place podium finishes in the Rotax Micro Max division against some of the nation's top drivers.
PODIUM RESULTS FOR MICHAEL AND NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO IN WKA ACTION
March 28, 2012
After completing a successful Florida Winter Tour campaign, d'Orlando Racing pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando shifted their focus to the second round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup program. Taking place at the fast and technical Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina, both drivers would leave with podium results and renewed energy for the rest of the 2012 karting season.
TWO TOP TENS FOR MICHAEL D'ORLANDO TO CLOSE OUT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR
March 20, 2012
After showing well in the first four rounds of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT), d'Orlando Racing drivers Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would head to Ocala Gran Prix for the final round in the competitive Rotax Max Challenge program. While both drivers would see action in the Rotax Micro Max division, Michael would pull double duty behind the wheel and make his Mini Max debut.
Getting on track early in the week, both of the d'Orlando boys were looking to get up to speed with the short but very technical Ocala Gran Prix facility. While the track provides for some great racing action, two tight hairpin corners and a flat out first corner provide technical aspects that drivers must overcome.
d'Orlando Racing scores top-ten results in FWT Vortex Mini Rok TaG Cadet
March 13, 2012
Descending on the Ocala Gran Prix facility for the final round of the Florida Winter Tour Formula Kart weekend, d'Orlando Racing pilots Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando were looking to finish the series with strong results. When the final checkered flag had flown and the final rain drops had fallen in Sunday's main event, Michael came home with a pair of top-ten finishes while Nicholas continued his constant improvement with runs inside the top twenty.
"Michael had some great results in the Vortex TaG Cadet class," explained Sherri d'Orlando. "He was one of the younger drivers in the series but was the only driver to finish inside the top ten in all six feature events. We are pleased with his consistency, and to complete the series in the top 10 in such a highly competitive world-class field is quite an honor."
D'ORLANDO RACING LEAVES HOMESTEAD WITH HEADS HELD HIGH
February 22, 2012
Descending on the Homestead Karting Complex on the grounds of the Homestead Miami Speedway, both Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would compete in the Rotax Micro Max class at the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour. Contesting the event with the J3 Competition squad, both competitors would encounter some bad racing luck throughout the weekend.
D'ORLANDO RACING | FLORIDA WINTER TOUR REVIEW
February 16, 2012
With unseasonably cold temperatures in the south Florida area, both Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando descended on the Homestead, Florida area for the third and fourth rounds of the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour. Taking place at the Homestead Karting Complex, the J3 Competition Kosmic drivers showed the speed to run in the top half of the field and will now shift their focus to the Rotax weekend of competition.
D'ORLANDO SCORES TOP FIVE RESULT IN MICRO MAX
January 17, 2012
After competing at the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) the weekend prior, both Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando were back on the same track this weekend for the opening round in the Florida Winter Tour Rotax weekend. As both drivers would see action in the Rotax Micro Max class with their J3 Competition prepared Kosmic chassis, both would also look to start the season off right.
Friday would see the d'Orlando duo compete in the split qualifying sessions. With the first session determining the starting grid for Sunday, the second on track session would set Saturday's grid for the prefinal. After completing the first timed session, Michael would clock the 22nd quickest time while his younger brother Nicholas would cross the stripe in 13th. Although happy with their efforts, unfortunately both drivers would be disqualified in post race technical inspection and be forced to start from the tail of Sunday's Last Chance Qualifier. Back on track later that afternoon for Saturday's qualifying run, Michael secured the 16th quickest time while Nicholas would start the pre final in 26th.
D'ORLANDO BROTHERS HAVE SUCCESS AT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR
January 10, 2012
Heading to the fast Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR), Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando were looking to get their 2012 karting season started. While Michael would compete for the second consecutive year at the Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT), younger brother Nicholas would make his series debut as both would see action on their J3 Competition prepared Kosmic in the Vortex Mini Rok TaG Cadet division.
A stout field of 35 drivers would make up the field for round one, which would include top competitors such as previous Florida Winter Tour & Vortex Mini Rok World champions. Looking to keep pace and battle for solid results, Michael would post the fourth quickest time in Saturday morning warm-up and an impressive seventh place result in qualifying a few hours later.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO SHOWS SPEED IN FIRST CAREER SUPERNATIONALS
November 29, 2011
In his first trip to SuperKarts! USA (SKUSA) SuperNationals, J3 Competition pilot Michael d’Orlando would compete against more than 80 other competitors in the TaG Cadet division. Utilizing a Vortex powered Kosmic chassis, d’Orlando would show the speed to compete with the front runners but on track incidents and bad luck through no fault of his own, would see him not compete on Super Sunday.
D'orlando racing launches new website
November 16, 2011
Two of the most promising up-and-coming karting pilots are proud to announce the launch of their new redesigned website, www.dorlandoracing.com. As the official website of the d'Orlando brothers Michael and Nicholas, www.dorlandoracing.com is the go-to source to follow the budding drivers as they progress through the karting ranks. Working in collaboration with Race Tech Development and Autosports Media Group on the text, design and layout, d'Orlando Racing's site features an eye-catching design, easy navigation, and all the latest information on the two rising stars.
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO COMPETES INTERNATIONALLY AT ROK CUP
October 26, 2011
Competing with the J3 Competition squad, New York resident Michael d'Orlando traveled overseas for his first international event in mid-October. Taking place at the South Garda facility in Northern Italy, d'Orlando would see action in the Vortex Mini Rok class at the 2011 Rok Cup International Final.
"I think the RoK Cup showed the positive steps Michael has taken in such a short time with our Race Department," expressed J3 Competition's Justin Stefani. "It was commonplace in Italy for Michael to be positioned in the top fifteen in nearly every session."
MICHAEL D'ORLANDO SHOWS SPEED AT NEW CASTLE MOTORSPORTS PARK
September 28, 2011
After making the switch to a new team and new chassis earlier this season, New Yorker Michael d'Orlando has shown nothing but improvement as he continues to race in some of North America's top karting series. The past two weeks the young driver could be seen at the New Castle Motorsports Park (NCMP) facility in New Castle, Indiana where he competed in both the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup and Rotax Pan American Challenge finale with his J3 Competition prepared Kosmic Kart.
First on the docket was the WKA action where d'Orlando would do battle in the Cadet Junior Sportsman division. After successfully completing Friday's testing, Michael was back at the track early Saturday morning for his qualifying effort. In a strong field with over thirty competitors, d'Orlando qualified an impressive ninth and would line up inside row five for the start of the prefinal.
J3 & DRC EARNS 7TH PLACE AT NATIONALS
August 1, 2011
After a good performance in his debut WKA Comer Cadet race with J3 Competition, at their home track of BeaveRun in Wampum, PA, DRC then made the trip to Miller Motorsports Parks in Toole, UT for Michael's chance to vye for a great showing at the Rotax U.S. Grand Nationals.
This event is the biggest race in the US Rotax series, and Michael was well prepared and ready to complete under the close direction of J3 Competition. AM Engines would give our team a fighting chance with their fine tuned MicroMax.
MICHAEL EARNS FIRST PODIUM IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
June 28, 2011
DRC Inc. had a great weekend at Mosport International Raceway, in Bowmanville, Ontario this past weekend. The trip's primary purpose was an introductory weekend under the direction & race leadership of accredited race team, J3 Competition.
Michael spent Thursday & Friday getting acquainted with the recent change to a new Kosmic kart, and a new Micro Max engine supplied by AM Engines. And for Saturday & Sunday races, we were preparing for competition.
Saturday weather was not favorable for the rookie of the field, but he pulled off 5th place qualifier. He gained a position in the prefinal to start the Feature race in the 4th spot. Mcihael would battle in the second position for a few laps of the feature, and in a dramatic final lap 4 karts battled for position with 2 turns left in the race. Unfortunately, Michael slipped from his position but finished the race with a solid 4th place. He was a little disappointed but enthusiastic about another chance on Sunday.
Mother Nature was much more cooperative on Sunday, and Michael was on a mission for redemption. The J3 team, consisting of three other drivers all with multiple National titles and/or World experience, was determined to give Michael (now nicknamed "The Missile") the support to make his podium dream reality. Michael qualified second. The Pre-Final was an amazing showdown with another highly experienced driver, and the two would work together to gap the rest of the field and battle it out until the finish line. Michael finished a close second, but earned the honors of a new Micro Max track record.
The start of the feature race showed Michael out to a quick lead. The two front runners would continue to gap the field again until an unfortunate incident at the rear of the field lead to a red flag to stop the race, temporarily. When the karts were realigned, unfortunately they were realigned in the original starting order, putting Michael back to second place. And when the race began again, he battled consistently between 2nd & 3rd, but also determined not to repeat yesterday's finale. At the checkered flag, he earned a solid second place finish!
The second place finish is Michael's first podium appearance at an International race. Congratulations Michael!!
Again, stay tuned to future news from DRC. Our next race brings us to Wampum, PA for another round of the WKA Manufacturer's Cup.
DRC MAKES SOME BIG CHANGES FOR 2011
Over the weekend of April 29th, DRC headed to Michiana Raceway in South Bend, IN for Michael's debut competition in the WKA Manufacturer's Cup series in the Comer Cadet class. In addition to the leadership of our Fusion Americas team owner, DRC was supported by the highly accredited race team, J3 Competition, based in Erie, PA.
Michael gained valuable experience over the weekend, in this new class, with drivers up to age 12, and also got some great practice in new Kosmic chassis (part of the OTK line of chassis').
Two weeks later, Michael was back to his comfort zone at New Jersey Motorports Park, with Fusion Americas, for the second round of the Rotax Northeast Regional Series, where he walked away with another two second place finishes. Nicholas also took to the track again in his quest for speed.
As we continue the 2011 season, DRC Inc would now like to officially welcome the members of J3 Competition, and their support/provider of the Kosmic chassis. Race team Technical Director/Partner, Justin Stefani, and Sales Directors/Partners John & Jim Giacomelli, will be the sole support for DRC Inc going forward. Please check out their website at www.j3competition.com for more information on their full service & highly successful organization. We are enthusiastic about this new venture and look forward to working with them. We also look forward to working directly with Blake Wankowski, owner of Kart Star Motorsports, based in Waskego, WI as he will be the primary tuner/mechanic for Michael & Nicholas, under the team umbrella of J3.
Additionally, at this time, we'd like to thank Fusion Americas for their support this past year, and wish them continued success in their growing karting career & endeavours.
So stay tuned race fans... look for us at the renowned track of Mosport International in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, this weekend as Michael participates in his first Pan American Challenge Rotax Series race.
Thanks to everyone for your support!
MICHAEL TAKES 2 PODIUMS IN 2011 NORTHEAST REGIONAL SERIES RACES
April 19, 2011
DRC/Fusion Americas returned to their home track this past weekend, for the first 2 races of the Rotax Northeast Regional Series, at Oakland Valley Race Park.
Saturday's races were plagued by horrible weather. At the beginning of qualifying, an already very slippery track led to some interesting strategy decisions amongst the young Micro Max drivers, when the weather started clear but then quickly turned to full blown rain. All karts, but 1, were caught with slicks and very few drivers got a complete lap without a problem. Michael qualified 7th - a tough spot for the prefinal. But the prefinal was a great race, yet still in the pouring rain, and Michael quickly moved to the second spot by the end of lap one. After 3 or 4 times switching to the lead with another contender, Michael would finally take his first pole in a race in over a year. The feature race was equally exciting, but the bad weather continued. And Nicholas arrived to take his first green flag in a race since July 2010. Although Nicholas would only make 3 of the 12 laps race, he was excited to be back in a gokart. For the duration of the 12 lap feature, Michael would again swap positions from lead to second and back to lead a few times, but an unfortunate mistake with 2 laps to go would see him lose the lead, but maintain a solid 2nd place finish.
Sundays weather was still very cold but the skies were clear, and Nicholas was back for his first full race day. His lap times were consistent with time prior to his 9 month break and he qualified 9th. Michael, again, had trouble finding a clean lap, and qualified 5th. But again, in the prefinal, he regained his composure to take the 2nd place position for the Feature, and Nicholas drove solid and consistently improving with each lap. He would start 9th for the final.
The 20 lap Feature race was exciting. The start was difficult for Michael as he couldn't find a hole from the outside and he quickly dropped to 3rd, but Nicholas had a great start and was running 7th in the first lap. By mid-race, Michael had gained a position and was fighting for the lead. However, the leader had slightly more pull and Michael struggled to keep up, but never gave up. He finished another solid race in 2nd. Although Nicholas ran into trouble from other drivers, he continued his solid performance to finish 9th.
Congratulations to both Michael & Nicholas for a great race weekend!
DRC's next event will be in two weeks in South Bend, IN for a national WKA Manufacturer's Cup event... Michael's debut race in a Comer 80.
FWT CONCLUDES. LET THE REGULAR SEASON BEGIN!
DRC/Fusion Americas concluded there Florida Winter Tour series this past weekend at the coveted Ocala Gran Prix in Ocala, FL. Michael competed in the 6 race series in each of two classes -- Vortex Tag Cadet and Rotax Micro Max.
Round 3 in Palm Beach was the most rewarding weekend. After an unfortunate incident in the opening lap of Saturday's final which did not permit him to complete the race, the team was determined to get good results as Michael continuoulsy qualified in the top 10. After finishing 5th in Sunday's prefinal, the young driver (one of the youngest on the grid with competitors up to age 12) was focused and prepared for the final. And he would not falter. With the best performance of his short career, Michael maintained his position to finish 5th overall. A fantastic finish with the top 4 being at least 2 years older than him.
The second weekend in Palm Beach for Rotax Micro Max would be plagued by equipment problems throughout the entire weekend. And the struggle would continue through the back-to-back weekends in Ocala. For final results, please see our Results page or visit www.floridawintertour.com.
Thanks to all of our fans & supports. DRC will begin their regular season in the Northeast in early April Please check the schedule for continued updates. We plan to compete in the Rotax Northeast Regional Series, Rotax US Grand Nationals, NJ Sprint Cup Series and the national WKA Manufacturer's Cup.
ROUND 2 OF FWT BEGIN THIS WEEKEND!
February 15, 2011
DRC/Fusion Americas will return to Florida this weekend for the coveted international karting competition, Florida Winter Tour.
Michael will take to the track at Palm Beach International Speedway (previously known as Moroso Speedway) for his second appearance in Formula Vortex Tag Cadet this weekend, and again on the following weekend for his Rotax Micro Max races. Nicholas' participation in the Micro Max event will be determined after testing next week, but he is enthusastic about being back in the kart.
Click here for the link to the Florida Winter Tour website, where you can find the exact racing schedule and Live Broadcast of all the racing action!
MICHAEL RECORDS TOP TEN FINISH IN DEBUT FWT!
January 24, 2011
DRC/Fusion Americas spent the last two weekends at Orlando Karting Center in Orlando, Florida for the first round of the coveted internation competition of the Florida Winter Tour.
The event kicked off on Saturday Jan 19th with the Formula classes, and Michael in his first Vortex Tag Cadet competition, after only 1 day experience with the new motor. He pulled off a fantastic start Qualifying 11th in the field of 24 racers, age 9-13. He held his position tightly for the pre-final with a 10 finish, and a promising position to start the final. He ran into a little trouble in the start, but held in strong to finish 15th in his debut race for this class.
Although he is one of the youngest in the field, he continued his progress into Sundays races. He Qualified 12th to start the Pre-Final and fought back to once again finish 10th here, setting him in the same position for the Final as the previous day. But this time, Michael would not relenquish any positions and held in there for a great performance and a top 10 finish! Way to go Michael!!
After only 3 days rest, the team returned to OKC for the FWT Rotax Micro Max races. With a larger field of 34 racers, ages 7-10, and a record number of races for an FWT event at over 250, the format was a slightly different. The Qualifying sessions for Saturday's & Sunday's races took place on Friday afternoon.
Friday's weather was horrible. The morning warmups temps were low 40s and the track was puddled all around from torrential rains through the night. The field was broken into 2 groups for Qualifying - Group 1 the slowest 18 racers, and Group 2 the fastest 17 racers. Michael was 11th.
The first Qualifying session, which set the pre-final grid for Sunday's races, went well with all drivers qualifying on a soaked track. Michael put himself in 10th position and a solid performance.
But the second session wouldn't be as easy. Group 1 was very fortunate that the track had dried just enough over the day to put some drivers on slicks (dry condition tires) and some on wets (wet condition tires). And by the time Group 2 hit the grid, the rain returned. This proved interesting for Saturday's Pre-Final as alot of the Group 1 kids would qualify better than the Group 2 kids. Michael had a tough position in 25th.
On Saturday, the rains went away but cold bitter harsh winds & cool temps remained. Michael's pre-final was a struggle with the inexperienced racers around him, and he ended 28th... and a poor position for the Final. But Michael continued to his fight. By the end of the first couple of laps of the Final, he was mid pack and battling for 14th. And with only 4 turns left, an eager competitor pushed Michael off the track and he lost 2 spots. He finished his debut FWT Rotax Micro Max race with a 16th place finish. (BWT - that 'eager competitor' was later penalized 3+ positions)
Sunday brought warmer weather and clearer skies for racing. For the pre-final, Michael started 10th but contact again ended him up with 21st position. Another tough position for the Final. The black cloud remained to hover over Michael, with contact in turn 2 of the first lap of the Final pushing him back to 32nd. Although he quickly jumped back into the race and began to move his way up the line. But then the race would be halted completely due to an accident, and the entire race would restart. So Michael's second chance at starting 21st would push that cloud away, and he continued his fight. With some of the best driving he'd shown all weekend, he made a dash for the front and gained 9 positions to finish 13th. Congratulations, Michael!
DRC/Fusion Americas returns to Round 2 of the FWT events this February at Palm Beach Motorsports Park, in Jupiter, Florida. Here, Michael will continue his quest for the top! And welcome back to Nicholas who will make his debut FWT Micro Max race at Palm Beach! Stay tuned for future news & results! And tune in LIVE at FloridaWinterTour.com!
FLORIDA WINTER TOUR BEGINS THIS WEEKEND!
January 14, 2011
The first round of the prestigious Florida Winter Tour kicks off this weekend at Orlando Kart Center in Orlando, FL with the Formula class series races on Saturday. The Florida Winter Tour is one of the largest events of the year hosting over 250 drivers from around the world. Click HERE for more information on the Florida Winter Tour.
Michael will take to the field for his debut in the Tag Cadet (aka: Mini Rok) class for ages 8-13, this weekend. He will then return to OKC next weekend for his 3RD FWT season in the Micro Max class.
FWT schedules for the Formula weekend can be found HERE, and for Rotax weekend can be found HERE. Click HERE for the live webcast to watch realtime racing action!!
Stay tuned to dorlandoracing.com for continuous updates & results. The second round of the FWT will be in West Palm Beach in February and the third and final rounds will be in Ocala in March. Check out our "Race Dates" page for exact dates.
Thanks to everyone for your support and stay tuned to Nicholas' pending FWT debut!
MICHAEL MAKES TOP TEN IN NATIONAL POINTS RACE!
December 15, 2010
DRC Inc./Fusion Americas is pleased to announce Michael has placed in 11th for the 2010 season in the National Points Series for the United States Rotax Max Challenge! (Previously we published an 8th place finish however the Rotax program updated their information last week, after the initial announcement was sent out in November.)
With over 90 registered drivers throughout the country, this finish was well earned. For final results & standings, please click HERE.
DRC Inc./Fusion Americas is also pleased to announce Nicholas' debut season with a 25th place finish!
Congratulations to both drivers! We are so proud of you.
For the Northeast offseason, both drivers will travel to Florida for extensive practice in preparation for the upcoming international competition of the Florida Winter Tour. Please stay tuned for updates.
race debut at englishtown
November 13, 2010
Fusion Americas headed to Englishtown, NJ this weekend, to the coveted drag strip of Raceway Park, for Michael's debut competitive race in a Comer Cadet. The team spent all day on the temporary parking lot track for practice and within a couple sessions Michael was up to speed with the pack.
For Sundays race, the weather couldn't have been better. Temp was about 60 degrees with clear sunny skies. Michael's times were as fast as the front of the pack. The format was different than Michael was used to with 2 Heats and a Final, instead of a Qualifier. By number draw, he was 9th on the grid line of 14 drivers for Heat #1 - with a close-to-equal split between Comer Cadets and weight-adjusted Yamaha motors to even the playing field. Although his start would set him back a few positions, Michael held in strong for the 8 lap race to place 5th in Heat 1. For Heat 2, they inverted the grid by class, and he started in the 6th slot. Turn one puts all kids fighting for position in very close quarters, and Michael dropped to 11th by turn 2. But his determination paid off and he pulled back to the 7th position to finish the race.
For the Final, he would start in the 6th position, in a field of kids ranging from 8 - 12. At the green flag, he quickly learned from his 2 Heat experience at the start and held on to the kart in the cluster of kids to come out of turn two in a solid 5th position. His inexperience showed with a couple small errors, allowing a seasoned Englishtown veteran to gain a spot on him, but he would not give up another slot to the trail behind him. He took the checkered flag where he started, in the 6th position. A solid showing for his debut in a field of veterans at that facility.
Nicholas also returned to the track, to get some experience at Englishtown on Saturday. After a fantastic performance on the soccer field that morning, and with only 2 sessions practice, he was quickly showing all the novice drivers that he will be a contender!
DRC/Fusion Americas will continue to travel this off-season in preparation for the upcoming 2011 Florida Winter Tour beginning in January. Stay tuned.
NE REGIONAL SERIES RACE 9 & 10 and NORTHEAST SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE FOR DRC
DRC/Fusion Americas made their first trip back to the coveted motorsports park of F1 in Millville, NJ and left with some challenges overcome, and some positive results.
The weekend races would be interesting with the field battling 25mph winds and questionable weather conditions. With the assistance of OVRP track manager, Tim Hannen, at the spans of d'Orlando Racing's lone micro max kart (Nicholas would play the role of #1 fan!) Michael would complete the two race weekend with a fourth place finish (starting in last after a miscued black flag) and a 3rd place finish. However, he would battle up front with the National Champion in both features.
It is estimated that Michael will finish the Northeast Regional RMax Series in 3rd place. National results have yet to be finalized.
Back at OVRP this past weekend, Michael continues in his efforts to battle up front, with Dad at the spans. In all practices & the prefinal (there was not qualifier), he would record the fastest lap times of the entire field. The 25 lap feature race was in his sights & he was ready to battle. After 2 waved off (jumped starts) by the front row (he started 3rd position) the race would start on the 3rd questionable attempt. Going into turn one, Michael was right on the bumper of the pole position and preparing for the drag up the next short shoot straight. Unfortunately, he would not get the opportunity when suddenly he became part of a 4-5 car wreck. Albeit frustrated, he quickly jumped back on track in attempt to regain some positions and close in on the battle between the 2 front runners. And again, would chaulk up some of the fastest lap times of the day. But his unfortunate luck would again prevail, and the rear axel of his kart could not maintain the demand of the race after the first turn incident, and Michael's race would be over after only approximately 6 laps.
In other news, however, Nicholas has returned to his Top Kart for more practice and would finish in 8th position in the prefinal, but unfortunately would also became part of the damage in the first turn of the feature race.
Although clearly frustrated with his luck this season, Michael & the rest of Fusion Americas, will turn their focus on practice and preparation for the upcoming Florida Winter Tour beginning in January. Nicholas will enjoy the fall season with as much practice as possible - his level of participation, if any, in FWT will be determined at a later time.
Thanks to all our fans for your continued support throught the season. We look forward to the new year in 2011!!
NE REGIONAL SERIES RACE 7 & 8
October 3, 2010
DRC/Fusion Americas travelled to F1 Outdoors this past weekend for the 7th & 8th races in the Northeast Regional Series of the national RMax Challenge.
The event took place in a single day, consisting of 2 official races. The weather leading up the event was hurricane so we took to the track at 9am on race day. Nicholas' got back in the kart for only the second time since Grand Nationals, and he is taking his time to get refamiliarized with his machine and the sport. Michael was ready for action with sights set on another podium.
Michael would qualify third & Nicholas would qualify 7th. Nicholas would grow more comfortable with each lap but remained consistent. Michael started to show race craft and skills never displayed before. In the pre-final,Michael quickly jumped in the lead line of 3 and made a move to the 2nd slot. However, he (admittedly) made a disastrous error in a corner and sent himself off the track, forcing him to the back of the field. But with about 10 laps left, he refused to give in, and systematically gained back spot by spot to finish a very close 4th. This 4th position would set him in that slot for both Feature races. Nicholas, again, remained consistent and would start 8th for the Features.
In the First feature, Michael jumped to into the 3rd position quickly, in less than a lap, to earn his spot in the lead train of 3, including Gangi & Verhagen. After a few changes in position, the 4th position driver quickly caught up. And as the group came upon lapped traffic, the lead pack were forced to stay in their line, but it seemed the 4th position was a little to quick to attempt to make a move and proceeded to run up over the back of Michael's kart, sending the both of them piling into the barriers. It was a disappointing end to Michael's feature race, but he was determined to make it up in the second feature. Nicholas would chaulk up the fastest lap times of his day to finish 8th.
In the second feature, Michael was determined for redemption, and Nicholas was reluctant to compete again but would end up finishing what he started. At the drop of the green flag, Michael quickly jumped into the third slot, and the lead pack of the top 3 racers would continue to pull distance on the rest of the field. For the duration of the 15 lap race, the 3 drivers would change spots about 5 times, but Michael remained patient after attempting to move up from third only twice. On the last lap, all 3 drivers were pushing each other down the straight with no room between them, in single file (Gangi, Verhagen, d'Orlando). And Michael was preparing for the last lap showdown. As they came upon the last turn before the straight (1/2 way around the track), they came upon lapped traffic (aka: Nicholas) and the Gangi & Verhagen met him with just enough time to keep the pace. Unfortunately, Michael was forced to cut the corner a little tighter than the other two to compensate for the traffic, and missed the draft by merely a second. Michael would finish an amazing third place again to add another podium appearance to his resume! Nicholas, again, remained consistent in his times for the duration of the race, and finished 9th.
The entire team is very proud of Michael's performance and he seems to be having the time of his life! We're also very proud to see Nicholas back in a kart again, and as we wind down to the last month of the northeast season, look forward to seeing how he progressed next spring!
But hold that thought because DRC will be travelling to F1 New Jersey the weekend of Oct 17th for the last 2 races of the Northeast Regional Series! And it's a DOUBLE POINTS WEEKEND!!
To check the current RMax National Point standings, please click here:
Thanks for your support and GO DRC!
MICHAEL TAKES TWO PODIUM APPEARANCES AT RMAX REGIONAL
August 30, 2010
DRC/Fusion Americas were back on the track at home in Cuddebackville, NY this past week, for the 5th & 6th races of the Rotax Max Challenge Northeast Region series.
On Saturday, Michael was back in the MicroMax in prime form. After improving on his fastest lap time by approx 3/4 of a second, he showed he is a contender for a win. After qualifying second for the pre-final & final, the Feature race would be interesting. Any of the top 3 drivers could take top spot. During the pre-final, Michael swapped for first position twice during the race with National & FWT Champion, Anthony Gangi jr. Fellow OVRP member, Neil Verhagen, would add to Michael's fierce competition. The Feature race start had Michael in second (aka: Off Pole), and after the first turn of the 33 lap race, Michael was a very close 3rd behind Verhagen & Gangi. Verhagen ran into trouble controlling his cart through turn 3 sending both himself & Michael off the track, but Michael quickly jumped back on ahead of Neail, and moved his way up to second again. But with only a few laps left of the race, he pushed it a little too hard onto the straight and dropped a tire into the grass, giving Verhagen the 2nd spot. Michael would finish 3rd but his performance was fantastic!
On Sunday, results were similar. And Nicholas would take to the track in his first race since Grand Nationals in July. Michael struggled in the Qualifying session, and, as always, Nicholas was solid. Nicholas earned his 4th place position start for the prefinal, 1 spot ahead of his brother. But Michael's experience would payoff at the start of the pre-final race, and by turn 2 he was in 4th position. Nicholas quickly lost positions at the stary, but would continue to run solid laps for more than half the race. However, unfortunately would not finish. Michael, determined to correct his Qualifying troubles, however, battled back to start the Final in 3rd spot.
With a highly experienced Gangi on pole, Michael would start right behind him on the inside, for the Feature. Nicholas would start 8th. At the end of the first turn, Michael was still running his front bumper on Gangi's rear bumper and pulling into the second slot. But Verhagen was trying to find the hole to maintain his second position, which resulted in contact with Michael sending them both off the ground and in the dirt. But, Michael never lifted his foot off the gas and quickly was back on track leaving Verhagen behind. With Gangi too far in front to catch, Michael quickly & methodically moved his way up to second position again within the next 3 laps, and continued to drive hard & solid for the remainder of the race. Although Verhagen would also continue to move his way up the field, Michael was well aware of the distance behind him, and he waited until he only had 2 laps to go in the 22 lap race, before turning it on again to solidify his predominate 2nd place finish with his fastest laps of the entire day. Additionally, Nicholas would drive extremely consistant for the duration of the race, and finished where he started, and is happy to be back preparing for more competition.
DRC/Fusion Americas next Regional race is scheduled for October 2nd & 3rd, when they return to F1 Outdoors in the Boston, MA area. Currently, Michael sits 12th in the National US RMax Challenge points series and Nicholas sits 16th, with only 4 races officially posted and over 60 racers registered throughout the nation. For current standings, please visit the RMAX website.
DRC ATTENDS ROTAX US GRAND NATIONALS
July 21, 2010
DRC/Fusion Americas traveled to the fantastic facilities at New Castle Motorsports Park in New Castle, IN last week, for the US Rotax Grand Nationals. There were a total of 25 racers in the Micro Max field for Michael's second nationals appearance, and Nicholas' debut national appearance.
The team practiced for 4 days prior to the 4 day event, for a total of 8 days on the track for the 2 young racers. Michael qualified in 18th setting him in that position for each of the 3 Heat races. Nicholas qualified 23rd but he was enthusiastic to be there.
Heat 1 was a bit of a struggle and Michael drove hard to gain positions in the field. An unfortunate incident resulted in an ugly accident with Michael flipping the gokart, but he jumped back on his feet unharmed. Heat 2 & 3 results were better putting Michael 15th & Nicholas 19th, and Michael 17th & Nicholas 21st respectively.
For the prefinal, these results would set them in 21st & 22nd position for the final. The final also had unfortunate results. Nicholas engine would not start at the release from the grid. And although made up almost a 1/2 track distance after a spin out in the 3rd lap, unfortunate contact with another kart would take it all away in the final lap, but he eagerly pushed his kart back on as fast as he could to take the checkered flag. They would finish the event in 19th & 23rd positions.
Although the results were unfortunate, our team learned many valuable lessons. We will be taking some much needed time off to enjoy the summer, and hope to be back for the basics of Club & Regional racing shortly.
Thanks to all our team members of Fusion Americas, and the mechanics help of Chris Rock throughout the week. And thanks to all of you who continue to support us.
Stay tuned for future information.
DRC SHOWS GREAT RESULTS AT NORTHEAST REGIONAL RACES
May 24, 2010
DRC traveled to F1 Outdoors in East Bridgewater, MA this past weekend for races #3 & #4 of the Northeast Regional series of the Rotax Max Challenge.
Both drivers were in top form for Saturday. Michael, taking his first race in a Top Kart setup, once again had the single fastest lap time of the 7 kart field, and both qualified & finished the pre-final in a very close 3rd position. Nicholas, taking his first race in the CRG kart, was solid and strong in the lead of the second group of karts in 5th position. The field of 7 karters would split into 2 groups -- the novice drivers grouped together at the back, the verterans all at the front (not officially -- it's just how it ended up).
Michael showed some of his best driving yet for the final - in a constant battle with fellow OVRP driver Verhagen, in a game of back n forth, but he held in strong to finish 2nd behind FWT Champion, Anthon Gangi, by merely a few seconds. Nicholas also showed some of his best race craft and lead the back pack for the entire race, to finish 5th place.
Sunday's races would should similar setups, however, Nicholas would sit out for all races & practices, except the Final, trying to break a high fever and a tough night of sleep. Michael would again, qualify in 3rd position, but took to 2nd in the pre-final in an exciting Pre-Final race.
Nicholas must have found it in him (perhaps the Motrin finally kicked in) to jump in a kart just minutes before the final. Only permitted to race by the pit crew, in order meet the necessary qualifications for the Grand Nationals competition this July. He would start at the back of the 7 kart field again, but showed no signs of illness with aggressive & solid driving and setting his fastest lap times of the entire weekend. He once again, would finish 5th.
Michael got a fantastic start in the Final and it was a continuous battle of the top 3 drivers for the duration of 12 laps. All 3 drivers would switch positions multiple times throughout the race. Although Verhagen would eventually take the win, and Michael would end a close 3rd behind Gangi, he really has showed massive improvements in both his attitude and race craft.
DRC is very proud to see such huge improvements in both drivers. Again, Thanks to the support of Fusion Americas team.
DRC/FUSION AMERICAS TOGETHER FOR 2010
At the start of the 2010 national karting season, DRC began to work with the coaching staff from the acclaimed Fusion Motorsports UK team, and Fusions Americas. For the 2010 season, DRC has officially joined with Fusion Americas and team owner Michael Ferrucci, with North American Cadet Champion, Santino Ferrucci.
We'd like to Thank everyone from Fusion UK (specifically coaches Dan Hazelwood & Neil Doran) and Fusion Americas, in addition to our partners at Oakland Valley Race Park, for their continued support. Stay tuned for continued season updates & results.
ROTAX NORTHEAST REGIONAL SERIES AT OVRP
April 26, 2010
The first two rounds of the Rotax Max Challenge Northeast Regional Series were held at our home track of Oakland Valley Race Park this past weekend, and DRC Inc had a great showing, with mixed results.
On Saturday, the practice sessions were a bit of a struggle. Neither driver seemed up for the competition and took practice very lightly. But in DRC style, things changed slightly for "game time".
Nicholas struggled a little overall, with his first racing experience in a field of 11 drivers. However, he gave it his best shot with an excellent qualifier for the 5th position. The Heat race was a little tougher for him as he quickly dropped to 6th in turn 1 but would hold on to maintain that position for the start of the Feature.
For Michael, the qualifier was like someone hit the light switch. All the practice and hard work from the past two weeks started to show. He was not discouraged by traffic and would take any opportunity he could find to get his nose cone in there and around the slower field. He would qualify a solid 3rd place, but he had more to give. In the Heat, he stayed in the zone, and maintained his position throughout the race. A slight gap formed at the beginning of the race that not allow him to catch the 2 front runners, but he drove solid and crafty, and chaulked up the fastest time of the entire 2009 & 2010 seasons for the entire Micro Max class.
The Feature race was very exciting from start to finish for the entire field. Nicholas started in the 6th position, and Michael in the 3rd spot. By turn 1, Nicholas again struggled and dropped to 8th place, but Michael took a quick jump into second spot. He would stay bumper to bumper behind the pace setter for the next few laps. Nicholas would stick close to the bumper of the 7th place in front of him.
But the most "interesting" part of the race came when the two leaders (Gangi & Michael) came upon lapped traffic. And by lapped traffic, we regret to say this was Nicholas. As the 2 leaders came screaming down the straight away, the leader caught Nicholas before the turn and safetly passed. But Michael would catch Nicholas right at the corner, and wouldn't ya know it, Nicholas ended up cutting the corner just enough to cut his brother off. Nicholas was sent spinning into the dirt, and Michael would pull it back together, but had lost serious momentum. But that didn't matter - they both got back running hard. Michael held strong to earn his 2nd place finish and is very excited. The entire team is very pleased also and for Nicholas' 8th place showing. Not a bad day at OVRP. Michael was so aggressive - learning to use the nose cone, and making room for himself. Nicholas', although not mentally strong, gained major racing experience.
Sunday would not be so wonderful -- the weather was cold and drizzly. The track conditions were neither clearly set for rains or for slick tires, so the pit crew would be put to the test. Qualify was a disaster for Michael as a spin in the first turn, from a slower cart, would put everyone off their spacing & lineup, and he never got a single clean lap in the entire 5 minute session from all the problems of other karts in the turns. He was so disappointed with his 8th place position. Nicholas however, was happy to have the opportunity to get in a clean lap, and would qualify 6th (his first rain experience in Micro). This is first he'll probably never forget - to be ahead of his brother on the grid. :)
The Heat race, would be equally as disappointing for both kids. On the 2nd lap, Michael was trailgating his brother and was consistently giving him a bump (or what we prefer to call a "boost") to help the younger teammate get going and also make an attempt to make a spot for himself to pass. This turned to disaster when Michael tried to dive inside on the top of the track hairpin turn, as they got tangled up into each other. Michael got off & running first, after assistance from the track staff, but they had a major deficit to overcome. But before Michael was given the opportunity to help narrow this deficit (as he's done it before), he would be given the controversial black flag and was forced to exit the race before the 4th lap. He would start at the back in 10th for the final. Nicholas stayed in it as best he could (as the youngest driver in the entire field) and held in for the duration to start 8th for the Feature.
The Feature was uneventful as it seemed Michael's determination and spirits were diminished. Nicholas inexperience would keep him hesitant to be aggressive. Michael had trouble passing the trail of 5 karts directly ahead of him by Lap 2. He was frustrated throughout the 18 laps and finished 6th. Nicholas had a solid showing and held in strong to gain a position to move from 8th to 7th. As the field was so spread out, he maintained his focus and finished behind Michael for the 7th spot. He's satisfied with this spot with such little experience.
So, in conclusion, DRC walked away with a 2nd & 8th place showing on Saturday, and a 6th & 7th place showing on Sunday. The kids are eager to get back to the track with team Fusion Americas for some more practice. The next race will be in Boston at F1 for Rounds 3 & 4 of the Rotax Northeast Regional Series on May 22nd & 23rd.
Thank you to Michael & Santino Ferrucci of Fusion Americas for all your help this weekend (& season). Stay tuned for future updates.
NORTHEAST SEASON OPENS WITH GREAT RESULTS!
April 12, 2010
Club Race #1 commenced this weekend at Oakland Valley Race Park, with 7 karts in the Micro Max field. This was Nicholas second appearance in a Micro at OVRP.
Both boys are showing some of the fastest times in the field. Michael's fastest lap of the weekend put him at #2, and Nicholas' fastest lap put him at #3.
Michael qualified in the 2nd position for the Heat and Nicholas qualified 3rd. A great start of the season. For the prefinal, Michael would maintain that second spot from the green flag, right through the checkered flag. Nicholas battled to regain a position he lost at the start, but was unsuccessful, but a 4th position start for the final was a big accomplishment.
The start of the Feature race was very eventful, as Michael jumped out in front at the drop of the green flag, but his gamble didn't pay off when he couldn't hold it wide and fast into turn one. He spun out and would be back about 200 ft from the front by turn 2. Nicholas inexperience with starts (and passing) would keep him at bay to the 5th spot, but when he got back in the groove, it was a battle to move ahead. As Nicholas' continued his battle to gain back his positions, Michael continued to focus on gaining more and more ground throughout the 15 lap feature. And with one lap to go he was within striking distance for second. He continued his fight but merely ran out of track and took the 3rd spot by less then a kart legnth. Nicholas would finish 6th but the improvements in his racing is not reflective of this position.
It was a great day at Oakland Valley! Next race is scheduled for April 24th & 25th at OVRP for the first two races of the Northeast Regional Series, and Club Race #2 & #3. Stay tuned.
NORTHEAST SEASON OPENS THIS WEEKEND!
March 30, 2010
The northeast season for go-karting opens this weekend, with official practices beginning April 3rd at Oakland Valley Race Park. However, DRC will be taking a little time away from the action for another week of R&R before gearing up again for Club Race #1 on April 11th. The boys are looking forward to getting back to their home track, and the entire team is looking forward to the new season! It will be great to have all the OVRP kids back together again.
Keep tuned to dorlandoracing.com for continued updates and schedule changes. Remember, the posted schedule is only tentative and will change frequently.
FWT OCALA - SUMMARY
(March 22, 2010)
DRC headed to Ocala, Florida this past weekend for the final races of the Florida Winter Tour.
The young driver had difficulty in the Qualifying races and it made the weekend a little more difficult than we had hoped. But Michael's spirits really never seemed to be broken, and he kept on racing. He was truly having fun!
After the disappointment in Palm Beach, we hoped for better luck for Saturdays finals. But Saturday's qualifying resulted in collision with a fellow teammate, so his Qualifying session was cut short - he would start 17th on the grid of 21 drivers for the Pre Final. He pushed a little more in the prefinal race, but only managed to gain 1 position to start 16th for the Final. At the start of the final, he went way wide in the first turn, but managed to manuevre his way strategically and strongly through a group of karts colliding in front of him. He would be in about 12th position by the 3rd turn, but had no where to turn when the two karts directly in front of him suddenly were stopped in the midst of the track ahead. The impact of his CRG with them would break the rear axel and the seat. Thankfully Michael was okay, but his day would end on this note. He was disappointed at first but was still full of encouragement for Sunday.
Sunday's weather would turn to an entire day of rain and his Qualifying session seemed as if he was a little uneasy with the track conditions. He would qualify 17th. But the Pre Final would show his best performance yet with a fantastic start and a 12th position by turn 3. He held strong for a couple more laps but one costly mistake took him into the dirt and he would lose all the positions he gained. He would start 17th for the Pre Final.
With the rain stopped, but the track still very wet, it would prove to be a interesting final race. Once again, he got a fantastic start and would sit 12th by turn 4. He drove solid and would battle his Intrepid competitor and move into 11th by mid-race. In the next-to-final lap, however, Michael made a crucial mistake and lost momentum going into turn 9. The Intrepid competitor took him aggressively in turn 1 and it was battle for that 11th position. Although Michael could not regain the spot back, he was very happy to make a showing in a FWT final and is proud of his accomplishment.
DRC would like to thank the efforts of their mechanic for this weekend, Nathan Brown for a job well done, and the entire Fusion Americas team.
DRC is proud of their racers and look forward to spending more time at Oakland Valley starting in April for the 2010 season. The season schedule will continue to change based on driver progress, so keep tuned to dorlandoracing.com for more details. Thank you, Race Fans, for your support!
FWT PALM BEACH - DAY 2
February 21, 2010
The second and final day at Palm Beach International raceway was equally disappointing to Day 1. Although Michael moved up the ranks to Qualify in the 15th position, and got a fantastic start in the pre-final to pull off an 11th position finish, the Final would result in disaster again.
In the warmup lap of the Final, Michael made contact with other drivers in the field which resulted in the loss of the chain for the motor. Officials were not able to assist, so once again, Michael would watch the Final race start and finish from the infield as a spectator. The entire team at d'Orlando Racing and Fusion Americas are disappointed.
However, Michael is very resiliant and determined to get a shot at the competition. He is looking forward to our next trip to Ocala, FL on March 21st, for the third and final round of the Florida Winter Tour series. We greatly appreciate the support from all our fans. Keep your fingers crossed for March!
FWT PALM BEACH - DAY 1
(February 20, 2010)
The first day of races at this weeks Florida Winter Tour at Palm Beach International was trying again for our young racer, but Michael will start anew again tomorrow.
Michael clocked his fastest lap times of the week in Qualifying round to set himself 14th for the PreFinal. With only 6/10 of a second between Pole and 14th, the field shows that a top ten finish will be a battle. In the PreFinal, he got a rough start and quickly dropped from 14th to 21st, and eventually fought his way back to the 17th position for the start of the final. But the final would be short lived. After 3 attempts for the green flag to start, Michael again got a rough start and quickly dropped a few spots. So he held hard into the first S-turn in the middle of the straight away but could not avoid the spinning traffic directly in front of him. He spun and collided with another kart which resulted in a broken rear axel. He would not get back on the track and finished last.
Although the first day was rough, we'll be back at it again tomorrow for a new start. Race 2 practice begins at 8am. Stay tuned, race fans! Tomorrow is a new day and a brand new set of races!
NEXT STOP - PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL
The first round of the Florida Winter Tour in Orlando, FL has come and gone. We are looking forward to the next event and continue improving, and are headed to Palm Beach International Raceway (formerly Maroso) on February 19th for Round Two of the FWT.
Once again, DRC will join the ranks of team Fusion Americas under the team direction of Michael Ferrucci (Maranello USA) and coaching provided by British karting experts, Dan Hazelwood, Neil Doran and Paul Granger.
Stay tuned for updates and results. Michael is looking forward to getting back on the track and show his talent and improvements. Nicholas is looking forward to spending time with the team, some other kids at the event, and oh yah...getting some valuable practice time. This season, he will officially begin competitions in the Regional Rotax series events.
Thanks to everyone for all your support! Stay tuned....
FWT-ORLANDO SHOWS IMPROVEMENTS AND HEARTBREAK -- LESSONS LEARNED
DRC has completed their weekend at the Florida Winter Tour in Orlando this past weekend with disappointing results in the standings, but fantastic improvements & efforts from our drivers!
Both Nicholas and Michael got some valuable practice & time for kart tuning on Thursday. Nicholas is showing big improvements and a lot of potential for the upcoming 2010 season.
Michael's week started off in full force on Thursday, and the entire team worked hard to get everything setup perfectly. Neil & Paul from Fusion Motorsports UK, flew in from Europe, to assist the Fusion Americas/Maranello team with tuning and telemetrics. They were fantastic! Michael seemed to quickly connect with both of them, and the kart setup seemed flawless. Michael's practice times on Friday would set him an outstanding 9th position for the qualifying rounds, in a field of record-setting 32 drivers.
But Saturday and Sunday would be trying. Saturday's qualifying performance by Michael continued to show marked progress and determination, and he set himself in the 6th position for the pre-final. But the Pre-Final would bring back luck, when a rear flat tire would slow him down in the first lap. The inexperience lead Michael to leave the track prematurely, and he would start in the 29th spot for the final. But Michael was resiliant. At the first turn of the final lap, he gained about 8-10 spots, and over the 10 lap Feature race, he worked his way up finish 11th! A great showing and effort... Congratulations, Michael!
Sunday started out wonderful with his Qualifying round. The track conditions were mixed with a few wets spots remaining from the rains the night before, but the majority of the track was dry. Neil, Paul and Michael Ferrucci (team lead) would ponder a decision whether or not to go with the majority of the pack on slick tires or put him on rain tires (or "wets" as the Brits would say). The decision was made to be one of a very few drivers to go out on "wets". And a great decision it was as all kids on slicks had trouble with slippery turns and Michael would hang in to Qualify 5th for the Pre-Final.
The Pre-Final was exciting as ever. He had a great start and although lost a position in turn one, he quickly regained 5th and then on to the 4th slot by the second lap. And a drag race in the final lap to the checkered flag gave him a exciting 3rd position for the Feature race! The team was ecstatic, and the driver continued to ride his 'high'.
But the energy would quickly fade. The top 3 finishers in the Pre-Final and Final races are required to pass a Tech inspection to ensure the kart & motor setups meet standard regulations. Unfortunately, although the heads of MicroMax motors are sealed by the engine builder/distributor, our motor was missing a center metal gasket that sadly forced the FWT Tech crew to disqualify the engine. We had to have the engine rebuilt quickly to spec, but Michael would start in the last position for the final.
Although Michael's spirits were dampened and he struggled to understand "why", in the final, he showed the best performance of the week on the track. But the engine performance was compromised and he just couldn't get the response he needed. He battled as best he could to regain some positions, and even with the compromised engine, he pulled up from 32nd to finish 25th.
Although the final results were disappointing, we will spend the next few weeks rebuilding & regrouping for the next round of the FWT competition set for Palm Beach International Raceway the weekend of February 20th. Michael is determined and looking forward to his next chance at redemption. We believe and are confident we can get better results next time! No matter what, Michael showed he is ready for this level of competition, and is fully capable of hanging at the top!
Thanks to everyone for your support this past weekend! Stay tuned for Palm Beach in February!
OFF TO FWT!
DRC is headed to Orlando, FL for the first round of the Florida Winter Tour competition. Michael will represent DRC and also join the newly formed Fusion America, in association with Fusion Motorsports U.K. We will update this site with results & information as soon as possible, but you can keep current with all the events of the FWT at www.floridawintertour.com or check out www.ekartingnews.com.
Thanks to everyone for their support and we look forward to the fun!!
D'ORLANDO RACING PREPARES FOR FWT!
D'Orlando Racing is currently preparing for their appearance at the Florida Winter Tour beginning in January 2010! This will be Michael's second appearance at this prestigous international competition, which consists of a total of 6 races over 3 weekends in 3 different locations in January thru March.
Earlier this month, the team travelled to Orlando in preparation for the January races. We have joined forces with Fusion Motorsports North America, a team lead by previous Oakland Valley Race Park owner, Michael Ferrucci, and will be under the coaching direction of Fusion Motorsports U.K. coaches.
Nicholas' will make the trip for unofficial practice prior to the race dates, giving him unprecedented experience in his new class. Michael is excited to be back in hopes to gain more momentum after his 5th place Grand Nationals finish last September.
The event will be broadcast live on the internet so check out www.floridawintertour.com for details.
Good luck team! See you in Orlando!
FINAL RACE WEEKEND AT OAKLAND VALLEY
November 9, 2009
The final race weekend at Oakland Valley was both disappointing and fantastic! How is this possible? Well, read on.
The day started on a disappointing note. We arrived at the track with just enough time for track walk & setup, but when the engines were fired, we discovered the nightmare! Michael's #1 race engine in his CRG was leaking water every where. The history record of run temps was more than 100 degress higher than normal. Ouch! We replace the top seal, but the problem still exists in the bottom seal. We will now await the final diagnosis from the engine builder of choice - which is yet to be determined.
So, with that blow to our inventory & spirits, we still had some racing to run - and here's where our day gets better! Nicholas' jumped in his Maranello micro-max for the 1st & 3rd warm up sessions, and Michael took the Maranello for a spin for the 2nd warmup. And, thanks to the team of Brian Tremper Racing, we borrowed their brand new Cadet setup for Michael's use. So, after 1 warmup set, he was off in a brand new kart and his first experience in Cadet class for the final race session of the year.
The field of Micro Max and Cadets was once again combined for all races. With a total of 11 karters, Michael showed no mercy and ran the Cadet hard. Nicholas improved his lap times by over 1.5 seconds since last weekend! Michael qualified 4th and Nicholas qualified 6th! What a show! Cadets are typically 1-1.5 seconds slower on this track so note that Michael qualified the 2nd fastest Cadet, and Nicholas qualified the 3rd fastest Micro Max.
The pre-race was a tough start for Michael & Nicholas, who both lost 2 positions quickly by the 3rd turn. But they held in strong against the veteran field, and finished 6th & 8th respectively. Nicholas would hardly lose the sight of his brothers' bumper in the 15 lap race.
The Final 20-lap race was quite a spectacle and was great experience for all racers with such a large field. Once again, they both lost positions in the first turn, but both proved they were worthy of moving up! First & second place was a lock for Rumsey (cadet #1) and Verhaegen (micro #2) but the battle for the 3rd-6th was exciting. Alex (cadet) could feel the breath of Michael down his neck as the two of them traded positions more than once throughout the race. But Michael had both 5th place and Nicholas threatening to take over anyone that made a mistake. At one point, Nicholas was so close to passing Michael at the end of the straight away, we wondered if this would be the day Nicholas beat his brother in his own (similar) game! But, Michael would have none of that and kept his sights on Alex. In the last lap, Michael caught Alex on the straight, but lost his short lead in the next turn to finish an amazing 4th place (3rd Cadet). Nicholas came through strong and only a moment after Michael to finish his best showing in Micro Max to date...6th Place (3rd Micro Max).
Local racing in the Northeast is completed for the season and will resume next April 2010. d'Orlando Racing will take some time off in Disney World and enjoy the holidays with family, before heading to Orlando Karting Center in January for the first race series of the Florida Winter Tour. This will be Michael's 2nd appearance at a FWT race! and Nicholas will also get some valuable practice for next season, althoughhe will not be competing - he's a year too young.
Good luck to all racers and have a wonderful holiday season, Everyone!!
DRC BACK TO OAKLAND VALLEY FOR FINAL TWO RACE WEEKENDS
November 2, 2009
Michael & Nicholas were both back at Oakland Valley Race Park yesterday, for another club race. The size of the field keeps growing at Oakland Valley, and the experience their gaining is even better!
Seven Micro Max drivers took to the track yesterday, in an exciting race amongst the top drivers. Michael gained great experience and practice by trailing North American Cadet Champion, Santino Ferrucci, throughout the day (in his Cadet), but at race time it was all business. Michael would qualify in top spot, and Nicholas continued his experience by qualifying 5th. For the Pre-Final, Michael took a commanding lead and at the half way point, would have a 1/3 track lead over the next two racers. Nicholas had a solid hold on the 5th position. But Michael experienced some difficulty when it came time to meet the slower "lapped" traffic, and with two more laps to go, he found himself struggling in the 3rd position. He would not recover. Michael would start 3rd and Nicholas would start 5th for the Final.
The final would be an exciting race. Anthony and Vincenzo quickly jumped out to first and second, and Michael held onto a close 3rd spot. And again, by half way point, he struggled to pass slower traffic. The 2 leaders had less trouble and continued to battle throughout the entire race. They quickly increased the gap between themselves and Michael. Nicholas started turning some of the fastest laps he's ever done in a Micro, and was focusing his sights to maintain 5th. With two laps left to go, Michael continued his determination to fight for top spot, and in the last lap, had successfully taken 2nd place. The 3 top racers made a dash for the checkered flag. Michael finished 2nd, and an exhausted Nicholas was very pleased with his performance and 5th place finish. Great job Michael & Nicholas!!
We'll be back for the final race weekend at Oakland Valley next Sunday. However, as we close out the 2009 season in the Northeast, we continue our focus on Nicholas' move into Micro Max, and Michael begins to focus on the Florida Winter Tour in January 2010.
D'ORLANDO RACING TAKES TOP SPOT AT ROTAX NORTHEAST REGIONAL RACE!
October 24-25, 2009
DRC returned to competition for the first time since Grand Nationals and both drivers were ready to take on the field!
On Saturday, we were on the track at F1 Boston for the final race of the Northeast Regional Rotax series. The weather was questionable all day, and from previous days' rains, all drivers would stick to rain tires for the duration. There were 5 drivers in the field of Micro Max. Michael qualified in the second spot for the pre-race, and Nicholas was tearing up the track for his first Micro Max race and qualified 5th.
In the pre-final, Michael got a slow start as Anthony & Lance quickly jumped out in front, but Michael & Nicholas would be the only two to keep it on the track for the duration. Anthony had equipment trouble and did not finish. Michael finished a solid first in front of the pack, and Nicholas finished a solid 4th, for the Final.
The first attempt at the start for the Final/Feature race was 'interesting'. In this class, many kids think the race is won in the first turn. While we won't argue this point, many races are also lost in the first turn. :) So in turn 1, Michael held the pole for the first lap, but all other kids were aggressively trying to take his position, and Michael was run over by another driver - 3 out of 5 racers wouldn't complete the turn. The restart would be much better. Although it was comical to see the confusion of kids trying to reform for the restart, we finally had our green flag. Michael quickly jumped out to the front and would stay there, with a commanding lead, for the duration of the 20 lap final. Nicholas held strong for such a long race, and stayed focused on catching his field. By the 18th lap, he was right on the tail of the 4th place holder, but struggled to take the position. He finished fifth, but he raced a tremendous race. Both drivers continue their confidence and focus in their racing. We're very proud of both boys.
Due to Michael's inability to compete in (2) of the Regional races this year due to injury, he finished 3rd in the overall points race for the Northeast Region. Congratulations to Anthony Gangi, jr for his Regional championship, and Lance Fenderson for his 2nd place!
Sunday would be a day for Dad (aka Mechanic) and Rookie to take on the field at Oakland Valley. Nicholas once again was back on the track in his micro ready to take on some veterans. In a field of 7 racers (5 micros and 2 cadets) he finished a hard-fought 4th place, narrowly missing the podium in the final lap. Great job Nicholas! Keep your eyes open for this 6 year old... he's got over a year to go before National competitions!!
d'Orlando Racing will be finishing out their Northeast season over the next two weeks at Oakland Valley Race Park. Stay tuned for results.
D'ORLANDO RACING TAKES 5TH PLACE AT ROTAX GRAND NATIONALS!
September 23, 2009
Norman, OK - The journey to Oklahoma was hard work, and the weather didn't cooperate. The start of the 10 day long event was greulling.
The trip began with equipment troubles enroute to Norman, OK. Then, the clouds remained for 9 out of the 10 days of the trip - the only non-rain day being the one day that the track was closed to racers. But we all tried to make the best of it.
After 5 days of practice, Michael would begin his Grand Nationals competition on Thursday, in the rain, in the Qualifying race with a 15th place finish, in a field of 21 drivers. This made things difficult for him for the days ahead.
Later that day, he continued to struggle with a 19th place finish in Heat #1 - a loss of four positions. At age 7, he would be the youngest driver in the field (ages 7-10) and the lack of experience was showing. He is also still trying to make up for the 8 weeks he lost earlier this season from the accident that broke his right arm.
But Heat #2 and #3 would be a bit better for Michael, and his confidence continued to grow. On these Friday races, he would finish 14th both times but was chaulking up the 2nd fastest lap time of the entire list of competitors.
For Saturday's main events, Michael seemed much more focused and determined. Once again, qualifying 15th for the Pre-Final, he had work to do.
The Pre-Final start was touchy... as the first turn is typically a mass of karters jockeying for better positions... spinouts were iminent. After the first green flag, the field lost many karters to collisions before the completion of the first lap, therefore resulting in the first (of what would be a total of 3) Red Flags. The restart would be delayed by 30 minutes. AFter the break, they were back on the grid for try #2 and once again, a similar story could be told. But this time Michael would take the brunt of another karter running over his front end. Although that didn't stop him from trying to catch up and he got back on the track quickly to reform the lineup. Finally, when all racers were lined up, Michael would try to refocus. His reaction at the start was very conservative and he stayed back from the field - quickly losing another 3 spots. But over the course of the 10 lap race, he would continue to fight and gradually regained position to finish 12th.
But Pole Winner, Logan Sargeant would be disqualified, moving Michael to start in the inside 11th position for the Feature (and Logan to the very back). And much to our dismay, we discovered the incident before the start of the race, bent up the front end of the chassis.
After repair to the chassis, and some time to study & mentally work on starts, the Feature Race was on. Michael got a much better jump at the green flag, but was quick to react to the field of spinouts & crashes in the first turn. It had rained ever-so-slightly until about 15 minutes before the race started - not enough to move to rain tires, but enough to make the track surface extremely slippery. But Michael quickly maneuvred his way through a field of scattered karts, and moved into 6th place by turn #2. Over the next few laps, he would move back to 8th place and battle back up to 5th place. And for about the last 6 laps of the 14 lap race, he would continue to maintain that position for the checkered flag. In the field of the nations' best Micro Max drivers, Michael would chaulk up a 5th place finish. The team, and driver, were ecstatic!
Michael also got his first PR appearance. All drivers in the Top 5 were interviewed by local track media crew. Yes... he thanked his parents... eventually. But Hartsdale, NY is officially on the go karting map!
Now let's not forget about young Nicholas. He was there in the stands, cheering and routing with the other team members, and was jumping up and down with Michael's performance. Will he want to follow those footsteps....?
The 2009 season continues with club races at Oakland Valley into early December, and the final Rotax Northeast Region race in Boston in October. Stay tuned as Nicholas' is practicing his Micro Max skills, and Michael will continue to prepare for the upcoming Florida Winter Tour in January.
Finally... Thank you to everyone for your continue support! What a great experience!