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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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Peak Behind the Curtain of Brian O’s New TV Show


September 1st, 2012 in News by

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.

WFO Radio Brian O Interview 7/11/12

WFO Radio Brian O Interview 8/14/12

WFO Radio Brian O Interview 8/28/12

UPDATE 1: Listen to the Live Interview from Indy – Go to the 8/31 edition, Brian O is at the 26 minute mark

UPDATE 2: Check out Brian O on the December 11, 2012 edition of WFO Radio

UPDATE 3: Check out Brian O on the February 5, 2013 edition of WFO Radio

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Brian Olatunji – Becoming A Champion Trailer


July 23rd, 2012 in Updates by

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 Media


July 11th, 2012 in News by

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!

Brian Olatunji Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business


April 4th, 2012 in Published Ink by

Original article by Dustin Walsh, Crain’s Detroit Business

BRAIN OLATUNJI – Vehicle integration attribute engineer, Ford Motor Co.; race car driver

Why he lives in metro Detroit: “I view Detroit as the epicenter of opportunity in our country. Young people not only can but do make an impact in our city.”

Claim to fame: Olatunji will star in a new reality show on Speed Network, following the careers of minorities trying to break into auto racing.

Next step: To be a champion in the National Hot Rod Association circuit. Brian Olatunji spent weeks last winter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula breaking test models of the Ford Focus Electric. He’s a validation engineer for the automaker. But that’s just his day job.

This summer, the Speed Network will follow Olatunji on his quest to become a professional race car driver. Olatunji and his agent pitched the show to the auto enthusiast television network before inking a contract for a 13-episode pilot season.

The show, “Dreams To Champions,” follows minorities trying to break into the sport of racing. The first season will follow Olatunji and an 18-year-old driver from Mexico.

“Racing all revolves around television, and I’m looking at building a brand for myself,” he said. “It’s going to be a lifestyle show centered on my drive to become a champion in racing.”

Speed’s crew is filming now, and episodes will begin airing in July.

Olatunji has been drag racing for 16 years across the heads-up doorslammer and funny car series. Olatunji’s sponsors include Pepsi Co., the U.S. Army and Lucas Oil Products Inc. Between his engineering job and his passion for driving, Olatunji also helps youths in Detroit.

He’s vice president of 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit. He created and led a Saturday college prep program at Henry Ford Health System for the organization.

He also led the organization’s Project Success program, which sought to increase graduation rates of male students from Southeastern
High School
by 10 percent. The graduation rate of black males at the school was 38 percent before the program.

Randy Walker, vice president and chief diversity officer at Henry Ford, said Olatunji’s age and drive helps him relate to and push the youths he mentors.

“He’s the only person even close to the age of the people we work with, and every one of our young people look up to Brian,” he said. “He’s been present for every one of our Saturday programs, and he’s really helping these young people graduate and get ready for college. Brian is definitely a major catalyst.”

Olatunji also has his own nonprofit, the Leadfoot Foundation, which has provided scholarships and school supplies to area students for the past seven years. This year,
Olatunji will provide two $500 scholarships — one college scholarship to a student at King High School and one a student at his alma mater, Kettering University in Flint.

20 In Their 20′s: Brian Olatunji


April 3rd, 2012 in News by

Brian O has been named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ 20 In Their 20′s. In its seventh year, Crain’s 20s program highlights the brainpower and entrepreneurial talent of the region’s young professionals and creatives. Crain’s editors and reporters selected the honorees from among more than 300 nominees.

The Brian Olatunji feature article, by Dustin Walsh, includes a sneak peak of things to come this summer from the Motor City Leadfoot.

Link: CrainsDetroit.com

Brian Olatunji Featured in Rides Magazine


November 21st, 2011 in Published Ink by

View Rides Brian Olatunji Article in PDF Format

Heart of a Lion – Detroit drag racer Brian Olatunji is gunning for the top spot and has the courage to prove it.

Original Article by Marcus Amick

After seeing his lifelong dream of becoming a professional drag racer come true two years ago, 28-year-old Brian Olatunji now has his eyes set on snagging an NHRA U.S. National Championship. RIDES recently caught up with Olatunji in between one of his 175 mph track runs to learn what drives a kid—who grew up in the inner city of Detroit—to chase one of motorsport’s most coveted titles.

What inspired you to become a drag racer? My grandfather, John Broaden, was the first African- American manager of a major NHRA drag strip. I decided to take the road less traveled: racing. When did you first start racing? When I was 15. My folks knew the people who ran Milan Dragway in Michigan. I had an ’89 Chevy Beretta and would take it out on the racetrack.

What was the biggest challenge you faced turning pro? Balancing the demands of the business, working with corporate sponsors like Pepsi, Lucas Oil and the U.S. Army, while staying competitive on the track.

So what does a typical practice day consist of? Wake up, hit the gym and work out. At the track, it’s typically testing different parts to make sure everything is working in perfect harmony.

How do you mentally prepare for a race? Focusing on the perfect run—you have to have a mental picture of it.

You think it’ll be tough to win an NHRA national title? It’s the most prestigious race in drag racing, so the stakes are high. But it’s something that I do expect to win in my career.

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