Archive for July, 2010

Independence Weekend Kick Off

July 18th, 2010 in Race Report by

On the Friday of July 4th weekend, a standing room only crowd piled into Milan Dragway. All were witnesses to gorgeous weather, hot racing action and fireworks. Brian Olatunji and the entire Leadfoot Motorsports crew showed off American pride with the red, white and blue of Pepsi. As Brian O signed autographs, the U.S. Army hosted race fans in the Leadfoot pits with a Hummer featuring the video game Rockband.

Improving from June’s performance Brian Olatunji qualified in the 10th position, after clearing up the mechanical troubles from the last race and repairing the minimal damage to the quarter panel next to the Rodgers Chevrolet decal. The team has begun fine tuning the hot rod to get a leg up on the competition. As qualifying unfolded the Pepsi Hot Rod’s Toyo Tires spun faster with each lap down the race track. During eliminations Brian O was eventually edged out by fellow Lucas Oil driver Ben Mens. Thanks to the on track improvements, Olatunji is now 7th in the championship point standings for the All Motor class.

The Milan Dragway track announcers again welcomed Brian O into the booth for another live interview in front of the capacity crowd. Click here take a listen!

In an effort to improve the on track performance the Leadfoot team installed a new ignition box onto the Pepsi Hot Rod. The crew is now able to fine tune the car with the assistance of a lap top using the sophisticated Racepak program. This also enables the team to record telemetry from major components on the car, allow for detailed analysis after laps have been made. This and other new parts and pieces were tested at Milan Dragway on July 14th and 16th. A total of 15 laps were made. Brian O is looking forward to taking this new speed to the competition at the next race on August 6th.

In addition to racing and testing, Brian Olatunji made a personal appearance at the Knight’s NAPA Auto Parts 1st Annual Car Show in Commerce, MI on July 17th. The Pepsi / U.S. Army Hot Rod was the first car on display. It was parked next to the NAPA Nitro Funny Car and was seen by customers and passersby for over 5 hours. Brian O signed hero cards and had fun chatting with the locals during this appearance.

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Brian O’s Blog: Called Upon

July 6th, 2010 in Blog by

When called upon to enlighten the next generation I always feel an immediate responsibility to share and hopefully impart my life experiences to help make an impact. Over the off-season, I was asked to speak as a keynote speaker and presenter during two unique career days. Although this was not my first foray into speaking to students, about career options and life choices, I always feel a greater sense of need in the inner-city. Especially Detroit considering that it is my hometown. I was asked to speak at two Detroit schools, Denby Technical High School as the keynote speaker in addition to Cody High School as a presenter during their annual career day celebration. Given that I am a product of the same public school system, for my primary education, I understand the challenges, obstacles and pitfalls facing inner-city youth. Many people say Detroit is a dying place, however when engaged in a conversation with our next generation I am encouraged to know the bright minds yet to ascend on the world. Although I am tabbed as a “race car driver” during the sessions my focus is immediately on education. I impress upon them that I know firsthand that education is the cornerstone to pursuing ones dream and success beyond measure.

I met several interesting young people who expressed interest in fields ranging from the arts to law. Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the occasional aspiring engineer! All of the students were fascinated about the many aspects of racing and some intriguing questions were thrown my way. In this game it is great to have quick reflexes and the same can be said about engaging in conversation with young people. Especially high school students! As always I encouraged them to think outside the box and explore the virtuous and endless possibilities this world has to offer. I am proud to have been asked to spend some time with the young people and hopefully our interaction will inspire them to reach for their dreams and accomplish the impossible.

Until next time… Live fast, drive hard!!!

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