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.
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Nicholas d'Orlando, 15, has won over 100 go-kart races worldwide, and is now competing at the next level.
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NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO SELECTED TO COMPETE FOR LUCAS OIL KARTING SCHOLARSHIP SHOOTOUT
September 11, 2018
Nicholas d'Orlando has been selected by Lucas Oil Race School as one of only 30 finalists worldwide, for a chance to win a full scholarship to compete in the 2019 Lucas Oil Championship Series. This honor will be Nicholas' first opportunity in a race car as he moves from the world of karting to the next step in his career.
The panel of judges at Lucas Oil Race School carefully reviewed all the entries for their Lucas Oil Karting Scholarship Shootout and selected the 15-year-old Hartsdale, NY native, and former US national karting champion, to compete in the three-day event. The factory driver for the world-renowned Kart Republic karting race team is now moving his racing back to the US shores after two years of competition at the world's highest level of karting in the CIK FIA European Championship series. This opportunity with Lucas Oil Race School is the perfect start. The selected competitors, all with no previous competitive car racing experience, will descend upon Sebring International Raceway on December 12-14, 2018 for on- and off-track activities in the Lucas Oil Racing School fleet of Ray GR-RSC race cars, and training to determine who will earn one of the top-5 prizes, with the Champion earning a full season in the 2019 Lucas Oil Championship Series worth over $75,000!
- 2019 TBA
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