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MICHAEL D'ORLANDO EARNS MAIDEN VICTORY AT ROAD AMERICA


HARTSDALE, NY (June 27, 2023) – After a very tough start to the 2023 season, facing various level of misfortune and bad luck, Michael d’Orlando commenced upon the L&W Supply Grand Prix of Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI with one mission in mind. Win! His textbook performance in the first official race of the weekend temporarily ended his increasingly frustrating unlucky streak, earning his long overdue maiden victory in the USF Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires championship. d'Orlando and his Turn 3 Motorsport team set the tone of dominance from the very first session, topping the charts in both of the two test sessions on Thursday, and also setting the second fastest time in Friday morning’s practice. In the first qualifying session later that day, which set the grid for Race 1, d’Orlando earned his second pole position of the season, breaking a record streak of seven different pole winners in the series thus far. In the second qualifying session, which set the grid for Race 2, he quickly topped the charts again until a red flag late in the session forced the entire field to pit lane before they could return to the track in a one-lap effort to improve their times. d’Orlando’s final lap was ultimately hindered by an error of another competitor spinning off-track in front of him, but his early performance was still strong enough to keep his #1 Priority Payment Systems/Focused Project Management/USF Pro Championships machine on the front row in the off-pole position.

The first main event on Saturday morning was filled with a series of challenges on the 4.014 mile circuit that is famously known for two very long drafting straight-aways. Although d’Orlando quickly jumped out to a slight gap in the opening laps, the event included three (3) safety cars which kept the field close together. Slipping back as far as fifth position, d’Orlando maintained patience and poise, making his moves methodically and well executed to take the lead in the final laps of the 15-lap event and earning his first victory in the USF Pro 2000 series, as well as lapping the fastest lap of the race in the final circuit.


“The season has been pretty tough so far but we were really confident heading into Road America”, states d’Orlando. “It’s been a little hard on everyone with the luck that we’ve had but we just kept pushing and tried to reset before the weekend. We were the fastest car the entire weekend and I’m so proud to have acquired my first win here with Turn 3 [Motorsport]. The team have put so much effort in and I’m so happy to say it paid off.”


Unfortunately, the second race on Sunday morning saw the dark cloud of misfortune return again to the 2022 USF 2000 Champion. Leading the 20-car field on the front row with the pole-sitter, his attempt at another textbook performance was cut short before it even started. Contact on the formation lap from the other driver resulted in a broken brake line and damaged front suspension, deeming his #1 Priority Payment Systems/Focused Project Management/USF Pro Championships machine unable to complete the race. d’Orlando would end up in pit lane before the green flag even flew.


The next rounds of the USF Pro Championships will commence again in support of the NTT INDYCAR series this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH on June 30 - July 2, 2023.


Special thanks to our corporate partners at Digital Building Solutions, Priority Technology Holdings, Focused Project Management, Dino Luzzi Energy Drink, DB Collaborative, Turn 3 Motorsport, Pierpont Mechanical, UFC Gym - Mamaroneck NY, Celtic General Contractors and Rising Star Racing for their continued support.


In order to complete the season, d'Orlando needs the help of additional sponsors or donations. And as he continues his pursuit in the USF Pro 2000 series this year, he is working to advance his career up to the 2024 Firestone Indy NXT series (owned and operated by Penske Entertainment Corp which also owns and operates the NTT IndyCar series). Indy NXT is broadcast live and on-demand on NBC's streaming service Peacock. This step up is a major avenue for business development of corporate partners with direct access and networking with some of the nation's top Fortune 500 companies.

How to Help:

Join our network of partners for business building opportunities and for unique & exciting trackside VIP experiences. Get up close and personal with d'Orlando Enterprises drivers' Michael and Nicholas, stand with them on the grid as they line up for races, full paddock and pitlane access, take a pace car ride or give the "Drivers Start Your Engines" command. Meet and network with IndyCar teams like Andretti Autosport or McLaren Autosport, and partners such as DHL, AutoNation and Gainbridge. For these inquiries please contact Sherri d’Orlando at info@dorlandoracing.com or Art Wilmes at art.wilmes@risingstarracing.com.


DELLC's partnership with Priority Technology Holdings provide businesses with better payment processing services, including merchant processing, payables, early pay, business banking and Lines Loans & MCAs, while also providing additional funding support for future motorsports talent. Visit www.priorityanddellc.com or Contact Us for details.


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Where to watch: d’Orlando and Turn 3 Motorsport will return to action in the USF Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on June 30 - July 1IN, 2023. All USF Pro 2000 events are streamed online at www.usfpro2000.com or download the USF Pro Championships app.


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 amateur and professional 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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