Michael d'Orlando

Michael d'Orlando


 

Twitter: @dorlandoracing

Instagram: @michael_dorlando51

DOB: March 6, 2002

Hometown: Hartsdale, NY

Team: Cape Motorsports


HOBBIES: Outside of racing, I am a college student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Although I do not do any extracurricular activities, I am involved with a large group of car enthusiasts and we spend many nights driving the streets together and having meets. As a car enthusiast, I own and modify my 2013 Subaru WRX hatchback. CHARITY WORK: I do support and work with charities. My family and I have started a foundation called Hammer Down for Hope. This foundation is just off the ground, and we have run a few events in the past. The goal is to continue to raise money for different children’s hospitals and other causes. FITNESS: I prefer boxing at UFC Gym in Mamaroneck, NY. Boxing is a very rigorous workout and I also do strength and conditioning work with a trainer. USC has provided me the use of their gym and trainers as a form of sponsorship for the last three years and counting. BUCKET LIST ITEMS: Skydiving, deep sea fishing, flying a plane, wingsuiting RACING HERO: Daniel Ricciardo. He may not be the world’s best racing driver with 100 wins like Lewis Hamilton, but he’s great. He always seems super happy and super personable and that is something that I want to embody in my racing career. INTERESTING NOTE ABOUT ME: I used to play basketball from 4th to 7th grade for my school’s B team, which is sort of funny given my height that I did not make the A squad.  The truth is my school is very competitive and my main sport has always been racing.

 

RACING HISTORY

2021: Finished a hard-fought second in his sophomore Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season capturing three victories, five poles and eight podiums. 2020: Finished fourth in his first full Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season with a victory, five podiums and 10 top-five finishes. 2019: Competed in four F4 US Championship Powered by Honda race weekends, with a podium at COTA and five top-10 finishes. 2018: Competed in four Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship race weekends with three top-10 finishes and a best finish of sixth at Road America. 2017: Competed in the WSK Super Master series championships as a factory driver for Birel ART team based in Italy... transitioned later in the year to race cars with some testing and one F2000 race weekend with a second-place result. 2016: Won the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Junior MAX Championship… earned a spot on Team USA for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals… vice champion in the US Rotax Grand Nationals and in the Florida Winter Tour TaG Cadet class… started racing in Europe in the CIK-FIA European Championships as a factory driver with Italy’s Birel ART. 2015: Began racing in the junior karting ranks and had multiple podium finishes. 2014: In 17 karting events, earned six victories and 13 top-five finishes… was named the number one cadet driver in North America… won the Florida Winter Tour TaG Cadet championship… finished second in the US Rotax Grand National Mini MAX and SuperKarts USA Pro Tour TaG Cadet championships… ekartingnews.com Driver of the Month of January. 2013:  Won the US Rotax Grand National Mini MAX championship… earned a spot on Team USA for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals Micro & Mini invitational… finished second in the Florida Winter Tour in TaG Cadet. 2009 - 2012:  Competed in various Cadet categories in the North East region and later started to complete nationally… 2008: Began racing karts at the age of 6 at Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, NY.