Posts Tagged ‘Funny Car’

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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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 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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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: If Only for One Night


August 19th, 2009 in Blog by

So there’s definitely a recurring theme regarding my obvious love of music from the previous intro to my last blog entry. However the Luther Vandross hit, “If Only for One Night” comes to mind when I think of my most recent activities. In my quest of chasing the dream as I like to put it I’ve done a tremendous array of activities and odd jobs to earn capitol to continue to fuel my dream. As you may be aware racing is fueled by good old fashioned green backs therefore the quicker and faster you go the more of it you need. Winning, well that all together requires just about an arm and both legs in addition to the cash. Lol. During my interesting travels this past month we competed in a couple of events which went well. You can check our schedule and photo gallery for results and a photographical montage through our events. I usually like to reserve this space for things which have taken place outside of our scheduled racing events to give you some incite on myself and team. John Force likes to relay stories of him dressing as the Wendy’s girl during a time when he needed fuel money to get to an event. Well I can’t say I’ve ever done that, but I can cross car hauling truck driver off the list. I’m sure your likely thinking how is that interesting… Simply put, this gig was for the Motorsports Hall of Fame!

Admittingly I was compensated for the task; however I was totally a kid in a candy store considering I was entrusted to haul around some of the most famous and historically relevant vehicles in motorsport history. The first of which was a 1978 Lola the championship winning hot rod of Luigi Calamai. Then there was the 2006 championship winning CART car of Sébastien Bourdais. Last but certainly not least was the 1988 championship winning nitro funny car of drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein.

K.B’s hot rod was not only entrusted of me to haul to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s induction ceremony in downtown Detroit where Kenny himself was being enshrined. I was given the opportunity to bring the famous nitro burning beast home for the night. This was simply as surreal experience given that I am a motorsport aficionado and a self proclaimed historian of modern drag racing. I would have done this pro-bono given my affinity to nitro burning floppers, however just as Force I needed the money to get to an event. After all this is the dream I’m chasing! Of course I did what any kid would do if given the chance to spend quality time on their terms with their “when I grow up” dream. I’ll save some space here, but let’s just say I all but slept in the 20 year old piece of drag racing nostalgia while it was strapped down in my trailer. My synopsis of the activity itself… AWESOME! I made hundreds of makeshift passes down quarter mile drag strips all over the world at the controls and butterfly’ s of K.B’s mount. Attached are a few of many pictures I hope you enjoy which I snapped while hauling around priceless motorsport works of art. As I’m sure you can guess, when I returned to the Filmore Theater to load K.B’s hot rod after his induction I shared stories with he and Brandon Bernstein (his son and current driver of the Budweiser top fuel dragster) of my night with Cinderella. Never to be lost is the fact I one day hope to have some aspiring driver relaying stories of a similar caliber about one of my old hot rods. I have to thank the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, especially Ron Watson who entrusted the vintage pieces to my care. John Force, top that! Until next time… Live Fast, Drive Hard!!!

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Brian O’s Blog


January 19th, 2007 in Blog by

Now that the new year is in full tilt, figured a few resolutions were applicable although I’m not much of a resolution kinda guy. Typically I make goals and try my best to achieve them. This year is no different, however I figured it was time to try my luck with a musical instrument. The instrument I’m currently learning is…. Drum roll please, (pun intended); actually it’s the bass guitar. I chose the bass guitar, for one, because it’s flat out cool and also because my step father plays and brings the house down when a jam session commences. The bass is a unique instrument because there are two different versions similar to differences between wheeling an 8,000 hp fuel funny car vs. a top fuel dragster down the quarter mile. The bass guitar is a beast to master just as a short wheel base funny car is a cosmic animal.

I like to believe precision as a world class driver and a great bass guitarist are necessary. If you are late on the light it’s likely you have just handed your opponent a free pass to the next round and miss handling one of the bass’ cord’s can reek havoc on a classic tune. Overall I am really enjoying my new found hobby and maybe one day I can introduce the world to Brian O. the race car driver and bass guitarist on an ESPN telecast. Until next time… Live fast, drive hard!!!

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