Nicholas d'Orlando

Nicholas d'Orlando

FORMULA RACE PROMOTIONS (FRP) F1600 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Age: 17
Height: 6'
Weight: 165lbs

Nicholas d’Orlando is a 17-year-old race car driver from Hartsdale, NY, with over 10 years of experience in karting.  His resume proves to be one of North America's top young motorsports talents, with the skills, focus and dedication needed to compete and win at the highest level. 
 
At the age of five, Nicholas' began his motorsports career in gokarting at Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, NY.  In what began as a family endeavor, the passion has grown into a full blown career, and up the ladder as a driver for world-renowned race teams.   His karting success includes multiple national championships which ultimately lead to the pinnacle of competitive karting in Europe, as a factory team driver for both CompKart USA and the world championship Kart Republic Factory Race Team. 
Nicholas’ success in karting also broke records with his older brother, Michael.  In 2014 the brothers took two steps on the podium at the FWT Vortex TaG Cadet Championship podium, and then again when Nicholas’ earned the 2015 US Rotax MiniMAX National Championship title, the year after Michael earned the same honor.  They are the first siblings to share these honors.
After waiting patiently for the past two years, with very limited testing, Nicholas d’Orlando will begin his pursuit of a successful race car career.  For 2021, d’Orlando will join forces with Florida-based Team Pelfrey in the Formula Race Productions F1600 Championship series (aka: Formula Ford).

Career Highlights:

  • Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals Team USA member
  • US National Champion MiniMAX
  • US National Vice-Champion MicroMAX
  • Florida Winter Tour Tag Cadet Champion
  • SuperKarts! USA Super Nationals – 3rd Place
  • Factory Team Driver – CompKart
  • Factory Team Driver – Kart Republic

News

BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES FOR NICK D'ORLANDO AT FRP SERIES OPENER
April 10, 2021

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Nicholas d’Orlando has his sights set on a Formula Race Promotions F1600 series championship for 2021 and his performance at Carolina Motorsports Park this past weekend has proven he is a real contender.  The 18-year-old rookie from Hartsdale, NY, brought home two dominating victories at the facility already dear to his heart.

d’Orlando returned to Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC for the first time since 2015, where he earned the United States MiniMax National Championship title in karting. This time, under the direction and support of Team Pelfrey, the goal was to achieve similar results on the new and improved resurfaced race car track in the season opener for the FRP series. The three-day event included a single test day and a single Qualifying run followed by three head-to-head races.

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VICTORY FOR NICHOLAS D'ORLANDO IN CAREER DEBUT
April 1, 2021

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After patiently waiting for all the pieces to come together for the start of his car racing career, Nicholas d’Orlando finally got the chance to hop into the race car seat for some competition.   And the 17-year-old Hartsdale, New York native was impressive.  d’Orlando kicked off the season with Florida-based Team Pelfrey, at the Hoosier Tires SCCA Majors event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA just over a week ago.  After three days of head-to-head combat, d’Orlando finished the weekend in his #81 Formula F (F1600) car with the two fastest qualifying laps in his class, two podium finishes that included his first victory, and topped it all off with an SCCA track record. 

The three-day event began slowly on Friday when the first and only official practice session was plagued by on-track incidents, leaving the grid with only a single hot lap for the day’s warm up.  So it was unexpected when the rookie d’Orlando clocked in the second fastest lap in his class in the weekend’s first qualification session later that afternoon.  But he also knew he had more to give.  

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Upcoming Events
  • Formula Race Productions
    Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
    April 30-May 2, 2021
  • Formula Race Productions
    Barber Motorsports Park
    May 21-23, 2021
  • Formula Race Productions
    Pittsburgh International Raceway
    June 18-20, 2021
Upcoming Events

    Name:

    Nicholas d'Orlando

    Hometown:

    Hartsdale, New York

    Siblings:

    Michael

    Racing Series:

    TBD

    Racing Goals:

    IndyCar

    Favorite Vehicle:

    Lamborghini Centenario

    Favorite Movie:

    DeadPool

    Favorite Food:

    Filet Mignon

    Favorite Color:

    Gold

    Favorite Dessert:

    Chocolate Mousse cake

    Favorite Drivers:

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Most memorable moment:

    National Champion – 2015 US Rotax Grand Nationals

    Biggest Rival:

    My brother

    Hobbies:

    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