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, with his sites set on a career in the NTT IndyCar series. After a nine year career in karting as a multi-time national and international champion, and ultimately a factory team driver for the world-renowned Birel ART racing team in Europe, he made his move from race karts to race cars in 2018.
The 20-year-old American from Hartsdale, NY 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 before getting his first full season of competition in 2020. With Indianapolis-based Cape Motorsports, the most decorated race team in the Road to Indy, he was 4th place overall in the 2020 USF2000 Drivers’ Championship and 2nd overall in the 2021 USF2000 Drivers' Championship.
His return to the series in 2022 with Cape Motorsports was nothing short of impressive, ultimately earning the USF2000 Champion title in epic fashion. In addition to his four victories, eight podiums and five pole positions, he became the only driver to earn back-to-back weekend sweeps at the Lucas Oil Freedom 75 (2021 and 2022).
The championship title in 2022 earned him a scholarship to advance up a step in the USF Pro Championships (previously known as the Road to Indy) to the 2023 Indy Pro 2000 series. His four victories and six pole positions with Turn 3 Motorsports put him fourth overall in the drivers' championship.
During his tenure in the driver development program, d'Orlando has a podium or pole position result on every circuit of competition except one ,and is one of only three drivers with a podium result on each of a street circuit, road course and an oval.
Michael d'Orlando is currently working to develop partnerships and sponsorships to return to action in the 2024 Indy NXT series, which is wholly owned and operated by Penske Entertainment, whom also owns and operates the NTT IndyCar series.
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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 2023 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.