Michael d’Orlando is one of the United States’ top motorsports talents making his mark on the open wheel car racing scene around North America. After a nine year career in karting, working his way up to the world championship level, Michael made his move into race cars in 2018
The 20-year-old American from Hartsdale, NY began kart racing at the age of six, at Oakland Valley Race Park in Cuddebackville, NY. He earned an extensive resume at the national and international level, including multiple championship titles. The culmination of his karting career was capped off as a factory team driver for the world-renowned Birel ART racing team based in Italy.
Michael transitioned from karts to cars, in a limited capacity, in 2018 when he competed in only four events of the Road to Indy Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship series. In 2019, he competed in only four events in the F4 United States Championship series.
Finally making the move to a full-season of competition in 2020, Michael joined Indianapolis-based Cape Motorsports, the most decorated race team in the Road to Indy. His first season was drastically delayed and condensed due the COVID-19 pandemic, but ultimately his results earned him 4th place overall in the 2020 USF2000 Drivers’ Championship, including his first victory, just slightly behind the highly experienced top-3 competitors. In 2021, Michael was a front-runner in almost all weekend events, bringing home 3 wins, 5 pole positions, 8 podiums and 2 USF2000 qualifying track records, ultimately earning the 2021 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Vice-Champion title.
Michael continued to develop his skills and gain valuable experience under the continued direction of Cape Motorsports by returning to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2022. He finished an impressive season with 14 top-five finishes, eight podiums including four wins, five pole positions, three fastest race laps, tied for the most races lead, and the driver with the most laps lead all season, including a weekend sweep of the Lucas Oil Freedom 75 oval race for the second year in a row. These accomplishments earned him the 2022 Cooper Tires USF2000 Champion title, with a scholarship worth $406,925 to advance up a step to the Indy Pro 2000 series in 2023. At this time, Michael and his d’Orlando Enterprises LLC partners continue their efforts to try to develop the remaining budgets required to prepare for and compete in the Indy Pro 2000 2023 season.
USF Pro Championship
USF Pro 2000’s roots date back to 1991 with the Star Mazda Championship, which ceased operation in 2012 after 22 years. Andersen Promotions founded what is now USF Pro 2000 in December of 2012 to replace the void left by Star Mazda. Newly rebranded in 2023, the USF Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires (formerly Indy Pro 2000) has served as a vital step on the career path of many of today’s top drivers. The series is sanctioned by USAC and owned and operated by Andersen Promotions. It is the third and final official step on the USF Pro Championships ladder before graduates move up to the Indy NXT series, wholly owned and operated by Penske Entertainment and the NTT IndyCar series.
Michael d’Orlando will compete in the USF Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires series as a result of the scholarship he earned as the 2022 USF 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires Champion. He will drive the #1 USF Pro Championships/Priority Payments Systems/Focused Project Management car, under the direction of Turn 3 Motorsport for the 2023 season, in pursuit of the $664,500 scholarship offered by Andersen Promotions and Cooper Tires.