Archive for August, 2006

Brian O’s Blog

August 20th, 2006 in Blog by

Getting excited about the worlds largest one day cruise is never hard to do especially when it’s in your own backyard, The Motor City. Now add in the fact my hot rod was on display as one of the many attractions at this year’s festival of cars and car culture. Last year I was there with the VIPsports Top Alcohol Funny Car team and this year Toyo Tires asked us to represent them to the crowds of adorning gear heads. On behalf of both Toyo Tires and Leadfoot Motorsports the fans were absolutely awesome.

In spite of persistent rain much of the day, people came out to the event and stopped by our display non-stop. One of my favorite things to do besides wheeling some fuel burning beast down the 1320 is interacting with the fans as well as answering questions pertaining to our many marketing partners. In this case Toyo Tres was the star of the show for obvious reasons, however our numerous other partners received ample support as well. If you have never been to the dream cruise I would advise you to make it one of those things you do to complete you fan resume. This event is one that can’t be summed into words. For one the sheer magnitude of the event itself and the million plus people that attend make it a very special place to be. Detroit definitely earned its right to use the “Motor City” moniker this weekend. Even Rob from Toyo Tires could not believe so many people turned out to the event knowing hard rain was in the forecast for much of the day.

In addition to representing Toyo Tres, we were also pleased to have the addition of Jamie who is one of the lovely ladies competing for the title of Ms. Von Dutch / Leadfoot Motorsports. Jamie did an excellent job in representing herself, Leadfoot, Toyo and all of our other marketing partners. I think she has a bright future in modeling as well as anything else she decides to be involved with. Now that the show is over our next focus is to get the purple rocket ready for the biggest race on the IHRA’s schedule. The IHRA World Finals in Norwalk, OH at Norwalk Raceway Park will be our next event. The event begins this week August 24 – August 27th. Wish us luck as we look to capture our first Ironman! Until next time… live fast, drive hard!!!

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Toyo Tires to feature Brian Olatunji and Leadfoot Motorsports at Woodward Dream Cruise

August 16th, 2006 in News by

Detroit, MI – Every year the Woodward Dream Cruise gets bigger and better and this year, on August 19th, fans will discover 2006’s added bonus when passing Woodward at 13 mile road. At this intersection, industry leading tire company Toyo Tires will feature Detroit based drag racer Brian Olatunji and his / Von Dutch Chevy Monte Carlo. Although, it’s not rumbling down the 16 mile route with all the other classic hot rods, true car fans will have to stop and stare in awe at Olatunji’s decorated door slammer, known as the ‘purple rocket’. Complete with a 468 Cubic Inch Big Block Chevy engine and T-tops to adorn the 1978 masterpiece, Olatunji’s purple rocket will be one of a kind at the world’s largest one day car celebration and is not to be missed.

Olatunji will also be on hand to greet fans, sign hero cards, and give the young and those fortunate enough to remember drag racing’s infancy the chance to get up close and personal with the fuel burning beast. “I’m very thankful to have Toyo Tires as a sponsor and am grateful that they have given me the opportunity to represent them every time I go down the drag strip. Coming to the [Woodward Dream] Cruise has been a family tradition for years and now I’m fortunate enough to be one of the main attractions,” Olatunji shared. Toyo Tires is currently a proud sponsor of Leadfoot Motorsports, of which Olatunji is the founder and CEO. For more information, please visit and

The Dream Cruise runs from 9a.m. to 9p.m. on August 19th and is free to all.

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Brian O’s Blog

August 8th, 2006 in Blog by

I knew this weekend would be a success as soon as I saw my engine builder James “J” roll up with that Hot Box (Nitrous Bottle Heating System). My team and I have been waiting on this for a few weeks and finally having it in my possession took the race day stress off a little bit. My crew and I got to Milan in the early afternoon and made two passes before the night was over. The engine and car overall felt and sounded really strong and we were able to put up some good numbers. Of course as a racer I am never satisfied. You can check out the results page for the details. My crew chief will be working from now until the next race to make the purple rocket fly ever faster with what’s in that Hot Box—N2O! We’re finally getting a handle on the new combination and I can’t wait!

Even though all of my family wasn’t at this Skinny Kid’s race, I got all the love and support I needed from the fans coming over to the Leadfoot pit to check out the car and get an autographed hero card. But I can’t say that I was the only reason the male fans came over…the third set of models came out for the race and had guys making consistent stops to our pit early and often. These models were probably our most talented set yet…I hope some of you got the chance to see their modeling portfolios when you stopped by the pit. I must admit that the judges had a really tough job on their hands when deciding who would advance but congratulations to both Melissa and Scherry for making it to the next round! These ladies really impressed the judges…they will be interviewed for my website in a few days so bookmark the website and check back for their interviews.

I love doing things for other people which is why I agreed to be the main attraction of a car show in Detroit on Saturday. It was the 1st Annual Youth Empowerment car show and the main focus were the youth of Detroit. I’m all about the kids and whenever I have the chance, I’ll do all I can to help improve their days and hopefully enrich their lives. For the entire day I talked to young adults and young children who love cars and just wanted to see someone like them making it in this crazy business. I was elated that I could be that person. Before the night was over countless kids had made their way over to the Leadfoot pit for a coloring contest. There were some really serious contenders, however in the end 3-year old Jaiden proved too much to handle as she beat out everyone and was declared the winner! The kids also had the chance to sit in my hot rod and feel what it’s like to be in the hot seat. The most talented future racer had to be 2 and 1/2 year old Antoine…he touched all the right levels and even shifted his whole body to get down and touch the pedals. After much begging and pleading, he even convinced me to close the driver’s door so he could feel like a real racer. His mother couldn’t get the smile off of his face for the rest of the night. Seeing the promise and joy in his and the eyes of all the other children I met made all the trials and tribulations my crew and I have been through this season worth it. Overall things are going well. From a guy chasing his dream and also living it, live fast, drive hard!!! Later…

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Olatunji and Leadfoot Motorsports Give Back to Community

August 3rd, 2006 in News by

Detroit, MI – On Saturday, August 5, 2006, aspiring Top Fuel Funny Car driver Brian Olatunji and his / Von Dutch backed Chevy Monte Carlo, known as the ‘purple rocket’, will be the main attraction of the 1st Annual Greater St. Stevens Youth Empowerment car show. Held at 3952 Dickerson St. in Detroit, MI, this annual car show is used to bring Detroit’s youth together for an afternoon of fun in a safe environment as well as raise funding for the community center.

Seeing cool cars and the adult drivers who grew up in the same neighborhoods as them has given the youth inspiration in the past. “I want to make sure that I always give back to my community in anyway that I can. If I am an inspiration for even one child, that is very gratifying and worth wile of my attendance. Detroit is where I grew up and a piece of my heart will always be here,” Olatunji shared.

Olatunji currently holds a Top Alcohol Funny Car license and can been seen racing at Milan Dragway in Milan, MI this Friday, August 4th. For more details, please visit Olatunji’s website at

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