Height: 5' 11"
Nicholas d’Orlando, is a 15 year-old phenom who has been karting around the world for over 10 years. The Hartsdale, New York native has proven to be one of North America's top young karting talents, with the skills, focus and dedication needed to compete and win at the highest level.
Nicholas' career began in 2008 when he stepped into a Comer 50 Kid Kart machine in what started out as a sport to bring the family together, with his Dad as his mechanic. But it was in 2013 that set the stage for his future when he focused on motorsports as a career and scored the United States Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals Micro Max Vice-Champion title, subsequently earning his spot with Team USA for the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Micro & Mini Invitational.
That success was followed up with two more very impressive years of multiple national and international titles, podiums and dominating performances, making him one of North America’s finest. Moreover, his success broke records and set a new bar when his 2014 Florida Winter Tour Vortex TaG Cadet Championship podium would have him stand just two steps beside the series champion, his brother Michael – an honor never shared by brothers before at the event.
In 2015, Nicholas’ dominating performance with the win at the US Rotax Grand Nationals would once again make the history books by having the first ever brothers earning the US Rotax Mini Max National Champion title. Nicholas was, without a doubt, the United States’ top driver in the Mini ranks.
2016 saw Nicholas graduate to the Junior category and he adapted quickly with pole position, heat race wins and a podium finish at the Florida Winter Tour. He continued to impress with victories in WKA Manufacturer’s Cup events, multiple Gear Up F1 Series events, and top-5 showings in the USPKS series. And to top it all off, he would close out the year at the Superkarts! USA Super Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada with a third place podium finish at the world renowned competition.
After the success in North America, Nicholas’ moved to European competition in 2017, as a factory driver for the US-based CompKart/J3Competiton squad, at the WSK Super Master series and CIK FIA European Championship series. In his rookie year, and one of the youngest competitors on the grid, he competed in four main event races and garnered valuable racing experience for his future. And now in 2018, d’Orlando has joined the program of the Kart Republic Factory Team, under world-renowned karting team owner Dino Chiesa.
Nicholas’ natural talent, outgoing personality and his success at every level he’s competed thus far has earned himself the reputation and consideration as one of North America’s top drivers.
NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO FINDS REDEMPTION AT PFI
May 31, 2018
Proving that there's no rest for the wicked, it was time to head back to Europe for Nicholas d'Orlando, as he returned to the world renowned karting facility of PF International in Grantham, England for the second round of the world's top karting competition, the FIA European Championship series. After failing to make the main event at the World Championships last year at the same location, the 15-year-old American was looking for some redemption. And he found it.
NICK D'ORLANDO RETURNS TO EUROPEAN COMPETITION WITH FACTORY TEAM KART REPUBLIC
May 2, 2018
Nicholas d'Orlando returned to the world stage of karting at the WSK Super Master Series and the FIA European Championship Series, in Sarno, Italy after a three-month lull from competition. Thanks to mother nature's wrath of snow in northern Italy early last March that resulted in the cancelation of a WSK Super Master series race, 15-year-old d'Orlando hasn't been a part of European competition since the World Championships in England last fall. So to get back into the Euro-groove, d'Orlando spent these past few weeks traveling back 'n forth from New York to Sarno to get reacquainted with his new Kart Republic X30-Senior machine.
CIK-FIA European Championship
August 2-5, 2018
CIK-FIA World Championship
September 20-23, 2018
Hartsdale, New York
2018 Racing Series:
WSK Super Master Series, FIA European Championship Series
IndyCar or Formula One
Chocolate Mousse cake
Most memorable moment:
National Champion – 2015 US Rotax Grand Nationals
Soccer, Racing games on PlayStation, Indoor Karting
Awards & Honors:
2018 Kart Republic Factory Team Driver
2017 CompKart USA Factory Team driver (USA & Europe)
2016 SKUSA SuperNationals – Tag Junior – 3rd Place
2015 US Rotax Grand National Mini MAX Champion
2015 FWT Mini ROK Vice-Champion
2014 FWT TaG Cadet 3rd place
2014 Canadian Karting Championships Vice Champion Mini MAX
2013 Team USA member for Rotax Grand Finals Micro & Mini Invitational
2013 US Rotax Grand National Micro MAX Vice-Champion