Nick d’Orlando began his motorsports career at the age of five in a kid kart at Oakland Valley Race Park, located just 1.5 hours north of his hometown of Hartsdale, NY. His karting career escalated from kid karts to the regional, national, and international levels over the course of eleven years, earning multiple championship honors and culminating as a factory team driver for the world championship team Kart Republic in Europe.
Upon the completion of his karting career in 2018, Nick spent the following two years with limited race car experience, as he supported his older brother, Michael from the sidelines due to budget restrictions. For his rookie year in 2021, he joined forces with Florida-based Team Pelfrey in the Formula Race Promotions F1600 Championship series. His performance was nothing short of incredible with 12 victories, 18 podiums, and a track record. It was series domination with a 50% winning percentage and an incredible effort to bring home more wins in a single season than any other driver in the series’ 27-year history.
Moving up to the Road to Indy driver development program in 2022, Nick began the year in the USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires series and then ultimately made another move up the ladder in the second half of the year to the Cooper Tires USF 2000 Championship. His USF2000 results include an impressive four top-10 results in only four event weekends with no prior testing or experience in the Tatuus USF-22 race car.
Nick’s success in karting broke records with his older brother Michael. In 2014, the brothers took two steps on the podium at the FWT Vortex TaG Cadet Championship, and then again when Nick earned the 2015 US Rotax MiniMAX National Championship title just two years after Michael earned the same honor. They are the first siblings to share these honors. In 2021, with his move into USF2000, the brothers made history again as the first siblings to compete in the Road to Indy. Now, Nick is setting his sights on adding to that list, with his focus on the pursuit of another championship in the 2023 USF2000 Presented by Cooper Tires series, after Michael, driving for Cape Motorsports claimed the 2022 drivers' championship title.
USF Pro Championship
Nick d'Orlando continues to work on developing a budget for a full season of competition with Indianapolis-based Exclusive Autosports, and his pursuit of a scholarship valued at $433,200 to ensure graduation to the next step on the ladder, USF Pro 2000, in 2023. His brother Michael d’Orlando is the reigning 2022 Champion in this series. The brothers are the first siblings to compete in the USF 2000 Championship in series’ history.
The USF2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires debuted in 2010 and is a continuation of the highly regarded USF2000 series which ran from 1990 through 2006, launching the careers of many of today’s top drivers. Sanctioned by USAC, the series is the second official step on the USF Pro Championships Presented by Cooper Tires - a clearly defined path to reach the top echelons of the sport.