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Flatrock Motorclub to Sponsor INDY NXT by Firestone Driver Michael d’Orlando at the 2024 Detroit Grand Prix



Westel, Tennessee (May 28th, 2024) - Flatrock Motorclub is pleased to announce it will partner with American INDY NXT by Firestone racing talent Michael d’Orlando at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix this weekend as part of the premium motorsport destination’s commitment to supporting the next generation of home-grown racers. As part of the agreement, d’Orlando’s #3 car will also feature a special one-off Flatrock livery across the race weekend.

d'Orlando and Flatrock Motorclub will also partner with one of Flatrock Motorclub’s founding members, Cauley Ferrari of Detroit as part of the weekend’s sponsorship festivities.  Jeff & Joe Cauley, Owner of Cauley Ferrari of Detroit, will host a private invitation-only event at their prestigious facility for current clients and partners.  Their extensive line up of Ferrari's will be showcased in this glamorous setting.

d’Orlando, who will be racing in Detroit for Andretti Cape INDY NXT – a team formed especially for the 2024 season via a technical partnership between the multi-time INDY NXT by Firestone championship team Andretti Global and Cape Motorsports - is currently the only driver on the entire 22-car grid of the 2024 INDY NXT by Firestone series that is not committed for a full season. 

The young New Yorker presently sits sixth in the veteran laden INDY NXT by Firestone drivers’ championship, one point from being the highest scoring series rookie in 2024.

Flatrock is set to become America’s newest premium racing facility, showcasing a 3.50-mile Tilke designed “Club’ circuit for members. Construction on the facility has been ongoing since last year and set to open to members later this summer.

Rusty Bittle, Founding Partner at Flatrock Motorsports Park commented on the announcement: “Everyone at Flatrock is excited by the opportunity to sponsor American racing talent, Michael d’Orlando, for the INDY NXT Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. We are particularly thrilled to unveil the special Flatrock Motorclub livery in partnership with the Andretti Cape Indy NXT team that Michael will race in this weekend. 

The decision to partner up with a young and promising racing talent such as Michael underlies the commitment that Flatrock has towards supporting the next generation of home-grown, world-class racers. Moreover, it is testament to our strong relationship with the vastly experienced Andretti Cape Indy NXT team, one we hope to continue to grow long into the future.”

Michael d’Orlando also spoke of his excitement at the new partnership: “I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to represent Flatrock Motorclub, and its world class facility located in Tennessee. I’d like to sincerely thank Flatrock Motorsclub for providing me with the opportunity to 

race the No. 3 INDY NXT machine this weekend in Detroit. I have been competing on a race-by-race basis this whole season so far, and this partnership, just ahead of their grand opening, couldn’t have come at a better time.

I am very confident that the Andretti Cape INDY NXT crew and I will have the car to perform up front again. We’ve had great results at the past few races and ran up front in St Pete so let’s see if we can build upon this momentum. I’m super excited for another opportunity in the Indy NXT by Firestone series especially at a track that is new to me. It’ll be a lot of fun but still a lot to learn. Let’s continue pushing and see what we can do.”

The 2024 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will commence this Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2. The Indy NXT by Firestone schedule is below:

Friday, May 31: 1:50pm - 2:35pm Practice 1

Saturday, June 1: 8:00am - 8:45am Practice 2

Saturday, June 1: 11:20am - 11:50am Qualifications

Sunday, June 2: 10:20am - 11:35am Race

Broadcast of all Indy NXT by Firestone events can be found on the Indycar app, Indycar Radio and Sirius XM, with race day events broadcast on NBC's streaming service, Peacock.

To stay up to date on Michael d'Orlando, check out his website at www.michaeldorlando.com and follow his social media on Instagram (dorlandoracingmichaeldorlandoofficial), Facebook (Michael d'Orlando Racing), Twitter (dorlandoracing and michaeldOrland1), and on LinkedIn.



About Flatrock Motorsports Park & Motorclub: 

Flatrock Motorsports Park & Motorclub stands at the forefront of motorsports innovation, offering an unmatched experience for enthusiasts worldwide. With its 3.5-mile track featuring thrilling elevation changes, the Motorclub promises high-speed excitement amidst breath-taking scenery.

 

Future phases at Flatrock Motorsports Park will introduce a host of amenities, including premium garages, trackside villas, and a state-of-the-art paddock, ensuring an immersive experience for members and visitors alike. Ambitious plans for the park's expansion include the development of a Grand Prix track, a landmark hotel, campgrounds, and a natural amphitheater, further solidifying Flatrock's position as a premier destination for motorsports and entertainment.

Looking ahead, Flatrock has ambitious plans for the park's future phases. This includes the development of a 2.7-mile F.I.M and FIA Grade II certified Grand Prix track. The park will also feature a landmark hotel and destination restaurant, campgrounds, a brewery, a winery, additional lodging options, a retail center, and a natural amphitheater constructed with Crab Orchard stone. This amphitheater will serve as a venue for major motorsport races, live concerts, and special events throughout the year, providing a diverse range of entertainment experiences.

Flatrock Motorclub invites you to embark on a journey where adrenaline meets elegance, promising unforgettable moments on and off the track. Join us in shaping the future of motorsports luxury.

To discover more about the Flatrock Motorclub, please visit www.flatrockmotorclub.com

About INDY NXT by Firestone:

Indy NXT by Firestone (previously known as "Indy Lights") is the official development series and the primary support series for the NTT INDYCAR series. Wholly owned and operated by Penske Entertainment Corp, the Indy NXT series participates in 14 race events spanning 12 weekends across the USA and Canada.

About d'Orlando Enterprises LLC: d'Orlando Enterprises LLC, also known as "DELLC", is a driver management, marketing, event planning and activation company with specific focus in the motorsports industry. We develop unique and remarkable VIP experiences, behind the scenes access, and other entertainment opportunities for partners and corporations at race events across the country, including the Indy500. 




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