Hartsdale, N.Y. (August 15, 2012) - With a host of events throughout the month of August, d'Orlando Racing (DRC Inc.) would travel west to the Concept Haulers Motor Speedway near Norway, Illinois for the penultimate round of the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer's Cup. With championship battles taking shape, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando would be back on track in their respective divisions as they looked to continue their upward swing of results on the national level.
Competing in the Yamaha Junior Sportsman and Cadet Junior Sportsman classes, Michael d'Orlando would have one of his best weekends of national competition in his young career. Saturday would see the youngster qualify his Yamaha powered kart on the front row, missing the pole position by a scant .08 seconds. Consistently running at the front of the pack throughout the day, Michael turned the fastest lap in the prefinal en route to a second place result before battling hard in wet weather conditions in the main event.
Waiting out a nasty storm that passed through the area, WKA officials delayed the day until the lightning had subsided and it was safe for the teams and drivers to continue their work. Switching over to a wet weather setup, Michael drove to a third place podium result.
Also seeing action in the Cadet Junior Sportsman class, Michael would qualify his J3 prepared Kosmic in the fifth position. Steadily running inside the top ten, Michael would claim an eighth place result in the prefinal before falling back to tenth in the main event.
Younger brother Nicholas would also be on track on Saturday but would not have racing luck on his side. After qualifying tenth in the Yamaha Rookie class, Nicholas would finish 14th in the prefinal before the storms moved into the area. Competing on a slick and rain drenched track for the main event, Nicholas was collected in a turn one incident and failed to complete a lap in the day's main event.
Back to the facility on Sunday, Michael would once again prove to be very strong in the Yamaha Junior Sportsman class. Turning his third place qualifying effort into a prefinal win, the first of his career in the national WKA program, Michael would start the main event from the favored inside front row pole position. Looking to get a jump on the rest of the field, Michael quickly took the point entering the first complex of corners but was pushed back to the sixth position in the opening laps.
Pushing hard to catch back up to the leader, Michael remained calm and hit his marks to turn some fast race laps. Moving his way through the top six, Michael would return to the second position as he and the third place driver would team up to run down the leader. Closing the gap, Michael took over the top spot with only three laps remaining as the trio would run nose to tail for the final few circuits. Trying to maintain the point position, Michael was shoved wide with half a lap to go as he made it two wide falling back to the third position. Running side by side through the last complex of corners, Michael was reluctant to give up the second podium position and managed to edge out his competitor in the run to the checkered flag.
Back on track for the Cadet Junior Sportsman division, Michael would turn his tenth place-qualifying run into a solid fifth place run in the prefinal. Looking to maintain the position, Michael would fall back to his qualifying position in the main event, as he would garner another top ten result.
Nicholas would see action again in Sunday's Yamaha Rookie class as he continued to turn up the wick with a ninth place run in qualifying. Moving forward two positions in the prefinal to finish seventh, Nicholas was given a driving infraction penalty that would send him to the tail of the field. Starting shotgun in the talent filled Yamaha Rookie division, Nicholas sliced and diced his way through the field to come home 14th.
DRC Inc. would like to thank John Giacomelli, David Dodson and Adam Johnson from J3 Competition for all of their hard work and continued support for this event. A special thanks to Doug Flemming of Flemming Racing Engines for the awesome power and trackside tuning.
DRC Inc. will now shift their focus to the final round in the WKA Manufacturer's Cup. Taking place at the ultra fast New Castle Motorsports Park facility in New Castle, Indiana September 14-16, Michael and Nicholas d'Orlando will look to finish their WKA program with a victory.
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