Archive for February, 2013

John Force Mentors Brian Olatunji on New TV Series


February 26th, 2013 in News by

 

Brian Olatunji & John Force

Brian Olatunji & John Force

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.

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Brian O Talks Daytona 500 plus Tuesday’s Episode of “Dreams To Champions”


February 24th, 2013 in News by

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)!

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Detroiters, Visit Brian O Tonight at Viewing Party for His New TV Show


February 5th, 2013 in News by

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!

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“Dreams To Champions” Starring Brian Olatunji Debuts Today at 9 PM on SPEED


February 5th, 2013 in News by

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!

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