Archive for August, 2009

Brian O’s Blog: If Only for One Night


August 19th, 2009 in Blog by

So there’s definitely a recurring theme regarding my obvious love of music from the previous intro to my last blog entry. However the Luther Vandross hit, “If Only for One Night” comes to mind when I think of my most recent activities. In my quest of chasing the dream as I like to put it I’ve done a tremendous array of activities and odd jobs to earn capitol to continue to fuel my dream. As you may be aware racing is fueled by good old fashioned green backs therefore the quicker and faster you go the more of it you need. Winning, well that all together requires just about an arm and both legs in addition to the cash. Lol. During my interesting travels this past month we competed in a couple of events which went well. You can check our schedule and photo gallery for results and a photographical montage through our events. I usually like to reserve this space for things which have taken place outside of our scheduled racing events to give you some incite on myself and team. John Force likes to relay stories of him dressing as the Wendy’s girl during a time when he needed fuel money to get to an event. Well I can’t say I’ve ever done that, but I can cross car hauling truck driver off the list. I’m sure your likely thinking how is that interesting… Simply put, this gig was for the Motorsports Hall of Fame!

Admittingly I was compensated for the task; however I was totally a kid in a candy store considering I was entrusted to haul around some of the most famous and historically relevant vehicles in motorsport history. The first of which was a 1978 Lola the championship winning hot rod of Luigi Calamai. Then there was the 2006 championship winning CART car of Sébastien Bourdais. Last but certainly not least was the 1988 championship winning nitro funny car of drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein.

K.B’s hot rod was not only entrusted of me to haul to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s induction ceremony in downtown Detroit where Kenny himself was being enshrined. I was given the opportunity to bring the famous nitro burning beast home for the night. This was simply as surreal experience given that I am a motorsport aficionado and a self proclaimed historian of modern drag racing. I would have done this pro-bono given my affinity to nitro burning floppers, however just as Force I needed the money to get to an event. After all this is the dream I’m chasing! Of course I did what any kid would do if given the chance to spend quality time on their terms with their “when I grow up” dream. I’ll save some space here, but let’s just say I all but slept in the 20 year old piece of drag racing nostalgia while it was strapped down in my trailer. My synopsis of the activity itself… AWESOME! I made hundreds of makeshift passes down quarter mile drag strips all over the world at the controls and butterfly’ s of K.B’s mount. Attached are a few of many pictures I hope you enjoy which I snapped while hauling around priceless motorsport works of art. As I’m sure you can guess, when I returned to the Filmore Theater to load K.B’s hot rod after his induction I shared stories with he and Brandon Bernstein (his son and current driver of the Budweiser top fuel dragster) of my night with Cinderella. Never to be lost is the fact I one day hope to have some aspiring driver relaying stories of a similar caliber about one of my old hot rods. I have to thank the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, especially Ron Watson who entrusted the vintage pieces to my care. John Force, top that! Until next time… Live Fast, Drive Hard!!!

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Double The Fun Weekend


August 5th, 2009 in Race Report by

From Michigan to Ohio & 50,000 fans in between!

On Friday night Brian O and the Pepsi Racing team charged into the 13th qualifying position at Milan Dragway and moved into 12th place in Aeroquip All Motor division heads-up points standings, four positions higher than the team started out at three races ago. In the first round Olatunji was first off the starting line by a large six tenths of a second .062 to .128, but was chased down by the eventual race winner. The purple rocket is continuing to make improvements race after race, Harold Martin and his team of engineers are now aligned with our program to ensure constant improvement and ultimately on track success.

Before eliminations began at Milan Dragway, and for the third race in a row, Brian O spoke over the PA to the thousands of fans in attendance. He discussed the double header weekend the team was entering and got in Marketing Partner mentions of Pepsi, Toyo Tires, Lucas Oil, North Channel Graphics, Bell Helmets, Jeg’s and DTS.

Immediately the crew got to work packing up the massive pit area arrangement in preparation to make the over 150 mile trip down to Norwalk, Ohio for the largest single day drag racing event in the world. The Night Under Fire actually starts in the day time with qualifying at 9 am so the crew knew they needed to act quickly. Unfortunately they discovered a broken throttle cable and made a 4 am pit stop to the team’s race shop in Detroit to repair the broken part. Thrashing quickly the crew returned to the road at 5 am in route to Norwalk Raceway Park. This trip to Detroit added an additional 100 miles to an already long night. Despite the minor obstacle the team arrived at the race track in time to assemble the team’s pit area which includes most of the items listed above and the team qualified in the 22nd position in the over 200 car field of Pro bracket cars.

Fans were drawn to the Pepsi Racing pits and scooped up hero cards, waited in line for Brian Olatunji autographs and posed for pictures with the future drag racing star. In Round One Brian O and team were victorious, but the event was canceled due to persistent rain. The team will be headed out to Milan Dragway later this week for some testing laps to continue to dial in the hot rod in anticipation to better and faster results at the next event at Milan Dragway on Friday, September 4th. The crew has already made improvements to the throttle assembly by adding a linkage courtesy of a trip to Skinny Kid race cars fabrication shop.

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