Follow John Force as he mentors aspiring nitro funny car driver Brian Olatunji. Brian O a mechanical engineer with over 15 years of racing experience from Detroit, Michigan is starring in the new SPEED reality series “Dreams To Champions.” The episode entitled “Perseverance Pays Off,” takes viewers on a visit with Brian O to the John Force Racing headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
There Brian O seeks advice from longtime friend John Force, one of drag racing’s greatest icons and 15-time world Champion! “Advice from the champ is invaluable and has been an instrumental aspect of my development as a driver,” said Brian O. In addition to visiting the John Force Racing shop, Brian O takes in the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway with Force’s Castrol Funny Car team. “There is nothing like nitro and what better place to experience it than the Big Go,” said Brian O.
Brian O is a 2005 graduate of Kettering University located in Flint, MI. He earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and has been chasing nitro dreams his entire life. His passion is closely tied to his family’s involvement as management of the now default Detroit and Motor City Dragway beginning in 1971. Brian O’s grandfather, John Broaden, was the first African-American manager of an NHRA sanctioned facility.
With the nitro seeds planted at a young age, Brian O’s quest to join the nitro fraternity provided an opportunity to foster a marketing company, Leadfoot Media, where Brian O is currently CEO. Brian O and his team have cultivated partnerships with global powerhouse bands; the U S Army, Lucas Oil and Pepsi. As CEO of Leadfoot Media, Brian O earned the prestigious Alumni Entrepreneurial Achievement award from his alma mater, Kettering University in 2011. In 2012 Brian O was recognized by Crain’s Business Detroit as one of Michigan’s top 20 leaders in their 20′s.
Brian O’s motto is to live fast and drive hard! As the 2013 racing season commences he is searching for an opportunity to live his nitro dreams with hopes of earning an NHRA nitro license and competing on the NHRA Mello Yello Tour. “I’ve gone over 230 mph earning my top alcohol funny car license from Hawley and can’t wait to feel the sensation going well over 300 mph,” said Brian O!
Growing up on the tough streets of the motor city, Brian O knows the importance of education and used it as a cornerstone. With education as a building block he was instrumental in establishing the Leadfoot Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Leadfoot Foundation’s mission is to empower youth to chase their dreams and provide school supplies to students in need. During the past three years more than 1,500 students in urban areas have benefited from backpacks and school supplies courtesy of the Leadfoot Foundation.
These activities as well as exciting racing action are highlighted during season one of “Dreams To Champions.” “I hope viewers enjoy this journey of a guy who is just like them, on a mission casing my dream! I would love to hear what you think of the show. If you think my last name is challenging here’s a softball, I’m easy to reach on all social media platforms @BrianORacing,” said an enthusiastic Brian O.
Catch this episode of “Dreams To Champions,” with Brian O and John Force on SPEED, Tuesday, February 26 at 9:30 pm est. The episode will repeat throughout the week, check your local listings for times and dates! Follow Brian Olatunji on twitter @BrianORacing and www.BrianORacing.com for updates on “Dreams To Champions.”
“Dreams To Champions” airs Tuesdays at 9 pm & 9:30 pm est. on SPEED. Check your local listing for details.
Brian O made an appearance on the February 24th edition of Sports Works on FOX 2 Detroit. Sports anchor Dan Miller chatted with the rising racing star to get a driver’s perspective on the 2013 Daytona 500. Brian O explained how he would have handled the situation five-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson and Sprint Cup new comer Danica Patrick found themselves in during the closing laps of “The Great American Race.”
Brian O also dished out some goods about Tuesday night’s brand new episode of Dreams To Champions, which features Brian O’s personal friend and mentor who just happens to be the biggest legend in drag racing. We’re talking 15-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Champion and fan favorite John Force!
Check out the video below to hear it for yourself! Tune into the new episode of Dreams To Champions at 9:30 PM Eastern Time on SPEED this Tuesday (February 26th)!
Brian Olatunji will be hosting a viewing party for his brand new reality show tonight (February 5, 2013)! Watch the first two episodes with the Dreams to Champions star and grab a free poster and autograph.
The viewing party will be Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Detroit Seafood Market on 1435 Randolph St.
If you can’t make it to the viewing party, be sure to check out the series debut tonight (February 5th) at 9 PM on SPEED!
This morning Brian O was interviewed on Fox Detroit by ace reporter Lee Thomas. Check out the video below!
Race fans, SPEED’s brand new reality show about up and coming young gun racers will debut today! Follow Brian Olatunji through his toughest season yet, without a major sponsor. After years of success with backing from Pepsi and U.S. Army, Brian O and his team battle against the odds and the clock to compete for championship glory.
Dreams To Champions stars our very own NHRA racer Brian Olatunji, along with NASCAR racer Juan Carlos Blum and Formula Drifter Jhonnattan Castro. Take a look at the two preview clips below to get a taste of the action!
Dreams To Champions airs Tuesdays at 9 PM on SPEED – Tune in and DVR!
Brian Olatunji and his team have been jamming their schedule filming the new SPEED series Dreams To Champions, which will hit your TV screen in primetime this February. We will share more details with you in the coming days and weeks, but for now check out Brian O’s recent apperances on the super popular WFO Radio show. Host and motorsports guru Joe Castello teamed up with Brian O to give race fans a behind the scenes look at his new reality show. Each week Brian O gives WFO Radio fans updates from in front of the camera. Listen to the recent episodes linked below, and be on the lookout for another segment that was recorded live at the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals yesterday evening.
UPDATE 1: Listen to the Live Interview from Indy – Go to the 8/31 edition, Brian O is at the 26 minute mark
UPDATE: Here are two great articles about the event!
Interview by Patrick Hayes – Kettering University
Brian Olatunji’s passion for hot cars is equaled by his passion for providing kids with the resources necessary to achieve their God-given potential by receiving a good education.
Olatunji, a 15-year drag racing veteran and the Leadfoot Foundation, Inc. will again demonstrate their support for Detroit youth on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy when his Leadfoot Foundation distributes educational supplies to each of the school’s 240 students.
They will receive backpacks filled with supplies on the first day of classes to help ensure they will be successful throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.
Distribution of supplies will take place from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the academy, located at 15000 Trojan St. in northwest Detroit.
“Our goal is to give back to the very community from which I came,” said Olatunji, a native Detroiter who races on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car circuit.
“After all, it takes a village to raise a child. I am adamant about giving back, especially given I am a proud Detroiter and a product of Detroit Public Schools.”
Olatunji is president of the non-profit Leadfoot Foundation, which has donated back-to-school essentials to Detroit school children for the last six years.
Over his racing career, Olatunji has competed in a variety of NHRA categories from Super Gas to Top Alcohol Funny Car. This season he is again at the wheel of the Leadfoot Motorsports primary race car.
A film crew from the upcoming SPEED series Dreams To Champions will be on hand Tuesday at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to cover Olatunji and the Leadfoot Foundation’s charitable efforts. He is the subject of a new reality series on the network that’s designed to reveal what it takes to make it as a professional racecar driver. The show is scheduled to debut in November.
Video Editing & Special Effects by Ian Lewis Moore.
Watch it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/QzBUqqKwCKs
Last Day to Vote for Brian O to Co-Host LIVE! With Kelly, Plus This Week’s Brian O Apperances in the MediaIn News By Ian Lewis Moore
UPDATE: Voting has concluded, thank you to everyone that helped out! Tune into LIVE! with Kelly tomorrow morning to see if Brian O made the Top 5!
Voting for LIVE!’s Coast to Coast Co-Host Search ends TODAY at 3:00PM ET! We thank everybody for their support of Brian Olatunji’s entry! Head on over to CohostSearch.com to cast your final ballot!
Brian Olatunji has been making the rounds in the media this week. On Sunday night, he appeared on the Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ Channel 7 Action News. You can watch him improvise his way through the live in studio interview with anchor Glenda Lewis at the bottom of this post, or read WXYZ’s article on the Detroit racer which includes the video by clicking here. In addition, the Oakland Press’ Nathaniel Gaynor interviewed Brian O about his bid to get into the Top 5 of the LIVE! Co-Host Search. It can be viewed at this link.
On Tuesday, Brian O made a splash on the popular racing show WFO Radio hosted by Joe Castello. Brian and Joe had a lot of fun chatting about a myriad of topics ranging from life, drag racing, reality show filming and co-hosting with Kelly Ripa on LIVE! The full interview is available at WFORadio.com, WFO Radio iPhone App, and as an iTunes Podcast Subscription. The Brian O segment begins 1 hour and 52 minutes into the July 10th episode and it is a great showcase for Brian O’s larger than life personality.
The media frenzy hasn’t been limited to interviews, as the Mayor of Detroit showed his support by endorsing Brian O’s Co-Host Search entry. Mayor Dave Bing spread the word to his 11,700 followers on Twitter. The official website of the National Hot Rod Association has been keeping their fans up to date on Brian O’s contest via their NHRA Notebook. Drag Racing Online, the internet’s most popular drag racing magazine, informed their readers to vote for Brian O in the fan favorite Agent 1320 news section. John Kernan of RPM2Night.com, a household name in the world of motorsports, also ran the Brian Olatunji Co-Hosting story on the popular website.
On July 15th, this coming Sunday, Detroiters can set their radio dials to HOT 107.5 at 7:30AM and listen to Koffey Brown conduct an interview with Brian O. We will keep you posted on more media coverage in the days to come, and hopefully we can announce Brian O’s appearance on the LIVE! Co-Host Search Top 5 competition next week! Stay tuned and don’t forget to rock that vote today!
UPDATE: Brian O made the Top 10! The Top 5 get on the show next week! YOU can vote him in by clicking here!
Up and coming NHRA Funny Car driver Brian Olatunji has been selected as a finalist to co-host LIVE! with Kelly. After a nationwide search only 10 finalists remain and fan votes will help decide who the winner will be. Brian Olatunji a 15 year drag racing veteran has competed in a variety of NHRA categories from Super Gas to Top Alcohol Funny Car. 2012 will mark the year Brian Olatunji will look to make his mark in the Pro Modified division with Harold Martin Motorsports.
The Detroit native is looking forward to sitting next to Emmy award winning superstar, Kelly Ripa for a day; however he needs your help. Fans can vote for Brian Olatunji by going to The Live! Website! Voting ends at 3:00PM ET on Wednesday, July 11th.
“Co-hosting — LIVE! With Kelly is a phenomenal opportunity and would be great exposure for myself and the sport! My team put together a cool video which showcases some of my personality and your votes will be the driving force to make this dream possible. I need you to vote for my video and be sure to vote early and often!” said an energetic Olatunji! The Top 5 finalists will be on LIVE! next week.
Olatunji is also in the process of filming for a new television series in which he will be starring on SPEED. The new TV show is set to debut this fall. The reality series will highlight what it takes to make it as a professional race car driver and his quest from, relatively unknown to competing with the best in the world. During filming Olatunji hopes to secure his NHRA Nitro Funny Car license with ambitions to join the NHRA Full Throttle Series during the 2013 season.