Posts Tagged ‘Detroit’

Brian Olatunji – Becoming A Champion Trailer


May 27th, 2014 in News by

Video by Ian Lewis Moore. Original Music by Don Digital.

Watch it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/rXvWgExLZbU

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Hit Reality Show “Dreams To Champions” starring Brian Olatunji Moving to Velocity


March 10th, 2014 in News by

Professional race car driver Brian Olatunji and the Leadfoot Motorsports team are revving up the 2014 racing season with a big announcement! Hit reality series “Dreams To Champions” has joined Discovery Communications’ Velocity network, set to debut this Saturday.

Dreams To Champions” is back by popular demand. The fast paced ten episode reality series follows motorsports young guns on the fast track. Featuring racers Brian O, Juan Carlos Blum and Jonathan Castro the show was a success when initially shown on SPEED last year. After a massive network overhaul Fox Sports Media Group broadened the channel’s focus to including a vast array of live sporting events. When SPEED was rebranded as Fox Sports 1 the decision was made to drop motorsports oriented reality programming. Discovery Communications seized the opportunity to incorporate “Dreams To Champions” into its programming portfolio on their high octane, male targeted network Velocity.

“We are elated Velocity chose to pick-up Dreams To Champions and grateful to SPEED for giving us the initial platform to let the world know who we are. This opportunity is like being born again and excitement is an understatement!” stated Brian O.

Dreams To Champions” is racing to debut on Velocity, Saturday March 15, 2014 at 3 pm eastern / noon pacific. Be sure to catch each episode and follow Brian O, Juan Carlos Blum and Jonathan Castro as they chase their dreams of winning a professional championship.

Check your local listing for further programming details.

Stay tuned for news of a second heart-pounding season and information on how you could appear on “Dreams To Champions” alongside Brian O.

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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!

Fox 2 News Headlines

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Brian O’s Leadfoot Foundation Donates School Supplies


August 31st, 2012 in News by

UPDATE: Here are two great articles about the event!

Interview by Patrick Hayes – Kettering University

Kettering Alum’s Foundation Donates To Jalen Rose Leadership Academy – CBS Detroit

Brian Olatunji’s passion for hot cars is equaled by his passion for providing kids with the resources necessary to achieve their God-given potential by receiving a good education.

Olatunji, a 15-year drag racing veteran and the Leadfoot Foundation, Inc. will again demonstrate their support for Detroit youth on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy when his Leadfoot Foundation distributes educational supplies to each of the school’s 240 students.

They will receive backpacks filled with supplies on the first day of classes to help ensure they will be successful throughout the 2012-2013 academic year.

Distribution of supplies will take place from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the academy, located at 15000 Trojan St. in northwest Detroit.

“Our goal is to give back to the very community from which I came,” said Olatunji, a native Detroiter who races on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car circuit.

“After all, it takes a village to raise a child. I am adamant about giving back, especially given I am a proud Detroiter and a product of Detroit Public Schools.”

Olatunji is president of the non-profit Leadfoot Foundation, which has donated back-to-school essentials to Detroit school children for the last six years.
Over his racing career, Olatunji has competed in a variety of NHRA categories from Super Gas to Top Alcohol Funny Car. This season he is again at the wheel of the Leadfoot Motorsports primary race car.

A film crew from the upcoming SPEED series Dreams To Champions will be on hand Tuesday at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to cover Olatunji and the Leadfoot Foundation’s charitable efforts. He is the subject of a new reality series on the network that’s designed to reveal what it takes to make it as a professional racecar driver. The show is scheduled to debut in November.

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Brian Olatunji – Becoming A Champion Trailer (2012)


February 23rd, 2012 in Updates by

Video Editing & Special Effects by Ian Lewis Moore.

Watch it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/QzBUqqKwCKs

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Giving! Youth! Impact! Leadfoot Foundation’s 6th Annual Driving Excellence Charity Event


September 2nd, 2011 in News by

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.

For more details as well as a place to donate, please visit The Leadfoot Foundation’s website at: www.leadfootfoundation.org.

Download a PDF of this news article here.

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New Brian O Racing Press Packet


September 1st, 2011 in Updates by

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!

 http://www.brianolatunji.com/downloads/packet/Brian_Olatunji_Marketing_&_Press_Packet-2011.pdf

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