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!
For the sixth consecutive year, The Leadfoot Foundation, Inc (501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization) will host the “Driving Excellence” charity event. “Driving Excellence” is the marquee event for the Leadfoot Foundation. During the event school supplies are collected then distributed to youth K-12th grade. “Our goal is to give back to the very community from which I came. After all, it takes a village to raise a child,” stated Brian Olatunji (Olatunji is Chairman and President of the Leadfoot Foundation, Inc). Detroit is prime territory to not only give back but focus on school supplies for youth. Although, Detroit has recently been well documented for trouble with public schools, the Leadfoot Foundation has been making an impact by providing back-to-school essentials for the past five years.
The Leadfoot Foundation enjoys strong partners with Pepsi and the U.S. Army; however it relies on the community to assist in their efforts. “The Driving Excellence charity event is the platform we use to ensure youth have the necessities to perform in the classroom. It is essential for everyone in a position to give, to bring $10 or more in unopened school supplies to the event to assist those in need,” said an emphatic Olatunji.
This year’s event will take place from noon until 5 pm on Saturday, September 17th at the Lighthouse on Belle Isle Park.
The Leadfoot Foundation has assembled a team of volunteers who are enthusiastic about serving each and every young person with school supplies to begin their school year. Olatunji continued, “We have our sights on continuing to grow this event. Ultimately, we want this event to be known as THE SCHOOLS SUPPLIES DRIVE of the City of Detroit. I am adamant about giving back especially given I am a proud Detroiter and a product of Detroit Public Schools!”
In addition to the collection and distribution of school supplies there will be a live DJ, hot rods on display, exotic motorcycles, face painting as well as five new 2012 Chrysler vehicles. Gleaners Community Food Bank has also been gracious to provide snacks for the young people to enjoy. The event provides an opportunity for the community to interact with each other through activities such as a kids station while benefiting with essential back-to-school supplies.
Brian Olatuji’s Press Packet PDF download has been completally revamped. Updated information including a new racing history time line, brand new graphics on every page and tons of high quality never before seen pictures. Download it now at the link below!
On a clear Detroit morning, just one day after the U.S. Army’s 236th birthday, Brian Olatunji took flight with the Golden Knights. It was a long wait for Brian O, who was previously scheduled to jump with the U.S. Army’s Parachute Team last fall until the worst Midwest storm cell in over 30 years kept the plane and Brian O’s skydiving ambitions grounded.
The Golden Knights is the U.S. Army’s official aerial demonstration team. Made up of real Soldiers the team travels around the United States performing demonstrations at major events connecting the Army with the American people. Taking Brian O on his wild ride were members of Team Tandem, who have jumped from a plane with everyone from former president George H. W. Bush to sports stars and actors such as Tiger Woods and Chuck Norris. Ensuring Brian’s enjoyment and safety on his aerial adventure were Airborne Rangers SSG Aaron Figel and SSG Reese Pendleton. After taking off from Selfridge Air Force Base, SSG Figel freefell with Brian O while SSG Pendleton caught all the action on camera. With Lake St. Claire as a backdrop Brian O and the Golden Knights free feel thousands of feet towards Michigan below.
Brian O was thrilled at the opportunity, “Exhilarating is the only way to describe the experience! Certainly something I would do again in a heartbeat! The Golden Knights are the best in the world and their professionalism is second to none. After all, SSG Pendleton hung outside of the aircraft like passenger 57 and was able to capture my enthusiasm and experience while free falling from 14,000 feet above the earth. Awesomeness!!!”
Welcome to the new official website for Brian Olatunji! We’ve added extra browser support for mobile devices, so those of you without Flash will no longer have a problem seeing our site while you’re on the go. We’ve also added an improved blog with an RSS 2.0 Feed so you can get updates immediately if you subscribe. While 99% of the site is up and running, there are few pages that are still being tweaked on, so give us a little time. Those coming soon messages will be gone shortly.
Also be on the lookout for a brand new Brian O Racing press packet which will feature tons of new information and graphics. We’re a couple new pages away from that being up and ready. Brian O and the team will be headed to Milan Dragway this Thursday in preparation for our first race of the year which will be at the largest single day drag race in the world, the Night Under Fire in Norwalk, OH. Keep checking back and we’ll keep you up to date! Better yet, come say hello at one of our events!
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Brian Olatunji and the Leadfoot Motorsports organization are proud to announce a continuing partnership with the U.S. Army for 2011. Brian O will serve as a “center of influence” and facilitate the U.S. Army in spreading the message about education as well as career opportunities as an Army Strong Soldier.
The partnership began in 2010 with an assault both on and off the race track. Now entering into the second season in tandem with the U.S. Army, Brian O looks to further enhance the Army Strong message and reach even more young people throughout 2011. “One of the great joys of being a professional race car driver is the captive audience I enjoy with young people. This forum gives me a great platform to enlighten young people about pursuing their dreams, however using education as their foundation! (Olatunji is a graduate of Kettering University with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering). Interacting with young people and informing them of career options internally and externally unique to the Army is very gratifying,” said an honored Brian O.
Our Army is built on values, character and commitment which are also cornerstones for a successful motorsports program. Brian O and his race team are elated to have the strongest force behind them as they embark on the 2011 NHRA season. “Our Army Strong Soldiers exhibit strength, fortitude and a willingness to serve at all cost. We are truly blessed to live in a country where so many selflessly serve to allow us freedom. To represent these men and women is one of the highest honors one could receive. My team and I are humbled to partner with our Army,” stated a proud Brian O.
As part of the partnership, Brian O and Leadfoot Motorsports will join the Army’s efforts in reaching young Americans and their influencers about the many education and leadership opportunities available in the Army. The U.S. Army is also a proud supporter of Brian Olatunji’s philanthropic efforts and his personal charity, the Leadfoot Foundation, Inc. For the past five years the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization has held an annual event to equip under privileged youth in Detroit with back to school essentials. The U.S. Army is extending its presenting partnership during this year’s 6th Annual Leadfoot Foundation Driving Excellence Charity Event. The event will be held at the lighthouse on Belle Isle Park, Detroit, MI on Saturday, September 17, 2011.
Brian Olatunji joins the U.S. Army Racing family which consists of Tony Schumacher, driver of the U.S. Army NHRA Top Fuel dragster, and Antron Brown of Don Schumacher Racing, along with Ryan Newman, who pilots the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 39 U.S. Army Chevy, and Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing. The Army team of drivers represents more than one million brave Army Strong Soldiers, and give the men and women who serve this country a race team to be proud of. The motorsports program also provides opportunities for the Army to interact with prospects and influencers, and assists recruiters in building an all-volunteer force for our Nation.
For the third consecutive year, Pepsi will continue its partnership with race car driver Brian Olatunji as he embarks on his 2011 pursuit of championship glory. Pepsi enjoys longstanding involvement in motorsports with notable current NASCAR drivers and NHRA greats. It is safe to say Pepsi has an undeniable past in motorsports and perhaps a long future. “Now Pepsi only has 27 years to go to match Kenny Bernstein’s record for longest continuous drag racing partnership ,” joked a motivated Brian O. “Brian O and the Leadfoot Motorsports organization present a great value proposition and we are pleased to have them in our portfolio,” said William Langford, Vice President of Field Marketing for Pepsi.
Brian O will kick off his race season at the largest single day drag race in the world, the 34th Annual Night Under Fire at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH. There he plans to keep the 40,000 fans on hand entertained by blasting down the strip in his black, white and blue Pepsi themed hot rod. The Detroit native will wrap up his racing season at home during the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals in Milan, MI.
During races, fans will have the opportunity to interact with the team and participate in Pepsi promotions. Race goers will also have the chance to win the Pepsi SwagPak™ presented by Leadfoot Media. Brian O explains, “We try to give our fans and our partners more value than traditional partnerships!” This prize pack is given away at Brian O’s pit area during events. It consists of Pepsi and Brian O merchandise. The SwagPak™ has had overwhelming reception among race fans and been a staple since the beginning of Brian O’s partnership with Pepsi. At upcoming events the fans chances of winning will increase as more swag than ever will be given away. “The fans are the show! After all it won’t be much fun without thousands cheering you on! I look forward to speaking with each and every one of them,” said Brian O.
Pepsi is also a proud supporter of Brian Olatunji’s philanthropic efforts and his personal charity, the Leadfoot Foundation, Inc. For the past five years the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization has held an annual event to equip under privileged youth in Detroit with back to school essentials. Pepsi is extending its presenting sponsorship during this year’s 6th Annual Leadfoot Foundation Driving Excellence Charity Event. The event will be held at the lighthouse on Belle Isle Park, Detroit, MI on Saturday, September 17, 2011. In addition to this event, Brian O keeps himself busy off the track by speaking to youth throughout the Midwest during the 2011 season about education and pursuing their dreams.
Brian O reflects, “Pepsi is a major contributor to the growth of our program. We’re pleased to continue our partnership and our goal is to deliver on and off the race track! We hope to keep them for many years to come.”
Fort Knox, KY - 50 mph wind, torrential rain and the largest clustered fall storm pattern in the Midwest since 1977 kept Brian Olatunji grounded from his madden voyage with the U.S. Army Golden Knights. When presented with the opportunity to jump from a perfectly good airplane and plunge to the earth at up to 180 mph Brian O quickly jumped at the chance. “This has always been on my bucket list and doing it with the best in the world is going to be incredible,” said Olatunji. “I’m humbled to be a representative for our Army and honored for this opportunity! To say I’m excited is an understatement! Terminal velocity 14,000 feet up is my goal!”
Along with U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Dailey, Brian O made the trek from Michigan to Fort Knox, KY to the Army post where the nation’s vault and gold are located. Unseasonably warm weather greeted them upon arrival Monday afternoon; however Mother Nature did not stay kind as the weather made a complete 180 in the days to follow. Due to the Midwest super-storm the excursion and lifetime experience has been put on ice for NHRA U.S. Army driver Brian O.
“Although I’m a bit disappointed, it was great getting up to speed on the different facets of skydiving and competitive jumping. Interacting with the Knights (who are Army Soldiers) was definitely the highlight. Their world is very fascinating and has some of the same attributes as strapping into one of the fastest hot rods on the planet. I’m looking forward to getting the call to fall from the sky again, however this time I’ll have to have a one-on-one with Mother Nature beforehand. Now if only I could arrange for a tour of the treasury itself…. Hmmmm,” joked Olatunji.
Together with the forceful winds, atmospheric pressures were at Category 3 Hurricane levels. Although up for the challenge both Brian O and the Golden Knights knew they were no match for the strongest non-costal storm in the history of the United States.
The first night in October proved to be a fast one as tons of fans flooded Milan Dragway. Fresh off of a new Martin Technology car setup, Brian Olatunji continued the momentum brought on by several days of testing in preparation for the night’s festivities. “It is always great to end the season on a high note. It really speaks to the hard work the crew has put in all season,” said Olatunji. Last race season Brian O’s fastest pass in his Pepsi Hot Rod was a 10.60, and during the final race of the 2010 season he improved to a 9.82 second elapsed time in a losing effort during All Motor class eliminations.
All of Brian’s runs would have been good enough to compete for the win in the Open Comp category, which Brian O was participating in at the beginning of the night. Unfortunately Brian O and his Pepsi Hot Rod are too fast off the starting line for the Open Comp class. The christmas tree runs at a slower pace in the category, and Brian O being the fastest leaver on the grounds was tripping the red light during Open Comp qualifying before eventually switching back to All Motor. Before the night was done the Leadfoot driver was thinking about next year, “We are already in preparation for next season and look to have an even more sizable impact. The championship is all we’re focused on over the winter.”
Brian O and the team continued Leadfoot’s tradition of going above and beyond for it’s marketing partners. As Brian O explained, “The hot rod ran well and we accomplished our marketing objectives. What more can I say!” As always, Pepsi and U.S. Army prizes were tossed into the packed grandstands and Brian addressed the crowd over the dragway’s PA system. To listen to Brian O’s short discussion for the fans click here!