Posts Tagged ‘Lucas Oil’

Brian Olatunji Ends Season with Momentum


October 6th, 2010 in Race Report by

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!

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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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New Year Shows Much Promise


June 7th, 2010 in Race Report by

New was the theme when Brian Olatunji and the entire Leadfoot Motorsports team arrived for their first race of the 2010 season. Brian O and the entire Pepsi Racing team arrived with much to be excited about. The spectators on hand felt the energy with the new look hot rod. U.S. Army Soldiers provided extra excitement and pride as they set up camp in the party that is the Leadfoot Motorsports pit area. Dark clouds, rain and strong 70 mph winds in close proximity to the track threatened to cancel plans, but much to everybody’s delight the racing action kicked off without interruption on June 4th at Milan Dragway, just outside of Detroit.

Staff Sergeant Rojas and other U.S. Army personnel joined Brian Olatunji and the Leadfoot Models in front of the grandstands for the traditional Leadfoot prize toss. Brian O worked up the crowd and handed out Pepsi swag including T-Shirts & Pepsi cans. The enthusiastic crowd loudly cheered on O and the Soldiers for prizes to be tossed their way.

Picking up from where he left off last year, Brian O headed to Milan Dragway’s control tower for a few words to the thousands of enthusiastic spectators on the public address system. Due to a break in the on track action the interview was expanded to a staggering 15 minutes. Brian O and the track’s announcer entertained the masses with discussion of the intense competition surrounding the new racing season. The announcer commented about the professional look of the race team and Brian O took the opportunity to plug all Marketing Partners. Olatunji got to discuss in detail the return of Pepsi and the addition of U.S. Army, Rodgers Chevrolet and Dirget.com. Fans were invited to come over to the Leadfoot pit area and thank the Soldiers in person for the protection they provide our nation. Brian gave an enthusiastic outlook to the rest of the year leaving fans hungry for more.

Brian O’s first qualifying run of the night was a shakedown pass that showed much potential and locked the Pepsi Racing team into the 11th qualifying position. The entire Leadfoot Motorsports team had worked many man hours throughout the offseason to increase performance, particularly on starting line take off. In Round 2 of qualifying the hard worked proved itself as the hot rod got off to its fastest start ever. Unfortunately the car simultaneously suffered a minor mechanical part failure with serious potential consequences. Due to the breakage, Lucas Oil spilled oil under the rear tires, but Olatunji was able to gather the car back into his control and avoid major damage to the race car. “After I put it into second gear the rear tires began to move and I quickly corrected it to avoid problems. I talked to the car all the way to a stop,” said a reflective Olatunji. Fans who witnessed the pass told the Leadfoot team that they thought for sure there was going to be a crash. Brian O made a great save, but unfortunately nicked the right rear Toyo Tires slick. Leadfoot always has safety at the forefront and the decision was made to not make another run until the tire could be accessed properly.

Throughout the event the Leadfoot Models informed fans of the new Pepsi Swagpak™ presented by Leadfoot Media. Spectators were told that there were prizes being given away in the Brian Olatunji pit area. When they arrived they discovered that raffle ticket stubs were attached to Brian Olatunji hero cards. Last season there was only one Swagpak™ winner per event at Milan Dragway. This year the Leadfoot team has upped it to one winner every hour, giving more fans a chance at winning and also drawing more fans to the Leadfoot pit area. Each winner receive a Pepsi grab bag full of goodies.

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Brian O’s Blog: Anticipation for the Unknown!


February 11th, 2010 in Blog by

That’s definitely the theme of the day. The Leadfoot Media team is a day away for embarking on our most ambitious undertaking to date. We are launching a new marquee and cornerstone to our marketing business. Ian and I have been working tirelessly over the brisk winter months on this project which we hope will yield fruit. Tomorrow morning I will board a plane enroute to the “West Sideeee,” Pomona, California to the NHRA Winternationals as I’ve done many times before. Only this time will be unique because I will have our new product in toe “Dynamic Impulse™ Magazine Service,” (shameless plug: check out more info about the service here) which I hope to generates customers during the event. Considering this is the 50th running of the Winternationals and most definitely a historic event perhaps the same can be said one day for the Leadfoot legacy and our “new” product.

Ian and I have been refining our product and we believe it will offer value to the racing community. Now the true test is whether or not I return with orders in hand. Needless to say you can’t miss a shot you don’t take and we’re without question taking a shot. In fact there is currently nothing in the industry to compare therefore we are somewhat hopefully pioneering a new market. Just as the internal combustion engine replaced horse drawn carriages hopefully we’ll replace the current and become the industry standard!

On the racing front we’re certainly looking forward to our 2010 season. We have resigned many of our long time partners such as; Lucas Oil, Toyo Tires, Drive Train Specialists, North Channel Graphics and Pepsi! We’ve also began to meet as a team to game plan and strategize on capturing the 2010 NHRA All Motor and Chaos crowns. I’ll elaborate more on our exciting marketing partnerships as well as the team a little later. For now our eyes are on the prize with visions firmly set on acquiring customers at Pomona. Wish us luck.

Until next time… Live fast, drive hard!!!

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Double The Fun Weekend


August 5th, 2009 in Race Report by

From Michigan to Ohio & 50,000 fans in between!

On Friday night Brian O and the Pepsi Racing team charged into the 13th qualifying position at Milan Dragway and moved into 12th place in Aeroquip All Motor division heads-up points standings, four positions higher than the team started out at three races ago. In the first round Olatunji was first off the starting line by a large six tenths of a second .062 to .128, but was chased down by the eventual race winner. The purple rocket is continuing to make improvements race after race, Harold Martin and his team of engineers are now aligned with our program to ensure constant improvement and ultimately on track success.

Before eliminations began at Milan Dragway, and for the third race in a row, Brian O spoke over the PA to the thousands of fans in attendance. He discussed the double header weekend the team was entering and got in Marketing Partner mentions of Pepsi, Toyo Tires, Lucas Oil, North Channel Graphics, Bell Helmets, Jeg’s and DTS.

Immediately the crew got to work packing up the massive pit area arrangement in preparation to make the over 150 mile trip down to Norwalk, Ohio for the largest single day drag racing event in the world. The Night Under Fire actually starts in the day time with qualifying at 9 am so the crew knew they needed to act quickly. Unfortunately they discovered a broken throttle cable and made a 4 am pit stop to the team’s race shop in Detroit to repair the broken part. Thrashing quickly the crew returned to the road at 5 am in route to Norwalk Raceway Park. This trip to Detroit added an additional 100 miles to an already long night. Despite the minor obstacle the team arrived at the race track in time to assemble the team’s pit area which includes most of the items listed above and the team qualified in the 22nd position in the over 200 car field of Pro bracket cars.

Fans were drawn to the Pepsi Racing pits and scooped up hero cards, waited in line for Brian Olatunji autographs and posed for pictures with the future drag racing star. In Round One Brian O and team were victorious, but the event was canceled due to persistent rain. The team will be headed out to Milan Dragway later this week for some testing laps to continue to dial in the hot rod in anticipation to better and faster results at the next event at Milan Dragway on Friday, September 4th. The crew has already made improvements to the throttle assembly by adding a linkage courtesy of a trip to Skinny Kid race cars fabrication shop.

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The Leadfoot Destroys the Pedal… Twice!


July 9th, 2009 in Race Report by

Brian O destroyed not one but two throttle pedals in route to an early round exit during the third race of the Aeroquip Heads-Up series at Milan Dragway. Coming off of a number 14 qualifying position both Brian O and the Pepsi Racing team were excited and focused on competing for the race win. However the now infamous throttle incidents courtesy of the Leadfoot himself have not only solidified the moniker ‘Leadfoot’ but also given credence to the urban legend. When Brian O, was asked in post race media of the results from the event, he simply replied… “They don’t call me Leadfoot for nothing!”

To no avail this is an issue the team will have resolved and tested prior to the next event scheduled at Milan Dragway on Friday, July 31st. “I am confident my team will give me an indestructible throttle pedal for the next event and a hot rod capable of competing for the win,” said Brian O.

Leadfoot Media worked with Milan Dragway in advance to entertain the thousands of fans at the race. In between rounds, Brian O and the two Leadfoot models took the hot red Pepsi golf cart in front of the main grandstands. This signaled the track announcers to tell the crowd that they were about to be part of a contest with 10,000 other participants. The rules were simple. The section that screamed “Brian O” the loudest would have the honor of catching Lucas Oil t-shirts and Toyo Tires hats from the Pepsi Racing driver and the Leadfoot Media models. The announcers on the PA quickly hyped up the screaming audience as Brian O and the models egged them on.

“Complete pandemonium, but it was awesome!” – Brian O

The fans were so loud and enthusiastic that when the 10 Lucas Oil t-shirts and 2 Toyo Tires hats were all gone, Brian O opened the cooler in the golf cart and began passing out ice cold Pepsi Colas to the enthusiastic audience. Afterwards there was a mad dash of spectators to the Pepsi Racing pit area where many autographs and fans for life were born.

For the second race in a row, Brian O visited the control tower at Milan Dragway to participate in a long interview over the PA. Brain was allowed free reign to excite the fans and over the course of the speech/interview got in strategic Marketing Partner mentions of Pepsi, Toyo Tires, Lucas Oil, North Channel Graphics, Jeg’s and DTS.

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Brian O’s Blog: Preparation is the Key to Success


May 19th, 2009 in Blog by

My Vice President Ian Moore, crew chief Uncle Johnny and I have been burning both ends of the candle lately getting ready for the season. As exciting as it is to sign a new major partner there is twice the amount of work to update everything. From vehicle, trailer, and golf cart graphics — to new crew apparel, pit art, autograph cards and a completely new website among other things there is much to finish prior to our first event of the season June 5th at Milan Dragway.

Those items are only on the marketing side. I am also working with our crew on a new engine combination which should allow us to be more competitive from the onset. I also need to ensure all of our support equipment (i.e. truck, trailer) is ready for the season ahead as well as order parts from our many supporters. We’ll receive rubber from Toyo Tires, lubricants from Lucas Oil, apparel from Vicci, parts from Jeg’s and safety equipment from Bell. We are pleased to welcome back each of these companies and look to continue to be apart of their marketing portfolio. North Channel Graphics will again adorn our hot rod. From the looks of our recently finished Leadfoot Media car renders it will be one bad ass looking Pepsi race car. The arrivals are always an exciting time for me as I anticipate the season and see the plan coming together! We also upgraded a litany of safety items on the hot rod by way of a trip to Skinny Kid race cars for a funny car roll cage upgrade.

I’m always amazed at how my corporate experience correlates to our racing program. With the need to ensure we meet our objectives tight timing is not only developed but kept and the only way we can guarantee success. We are now only weeks away from the season opener and things are coming together pretty good. Of course there are always obstacles. To quote my favorite rapper Jay Z, “difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week!” In the meantime I have to get back to the grind… See you at the races soon. Until then… Live fast, Drive hard!!!

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Brian Olatunji to Concentrate on Professional Career


February 22nd, 2007 in News by

Detroit, MI – Aspiring 24 year old NHRA Fuel Funny Car driver Brian Olatunji has decided to run a limited schedule for the 2007 drag racing season in favor of utilizing his and Leadfoot Motorsports’ resources to acquire the funding to compete at the sport’s highest level. After a successful 2006 campaign, which saw the team dawn the colors of Von Dutch as a primary sponsor, Brian and his marketing company—Leadfoot Marketing (a division of Leadfoot Motorsports)—are making a consorted effort to put the right corporate partner at the forefront of NHRA PowerAde drag racing.

Last season Brian spent much of his time at the wheel of the team’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Gas entry. The same can be expected this season, however only on a limited schedule. “Last season was fantastic representing; Von Dutch, Sherwin Williams / Planet Color, Lucas Oil, Jegs, Toyo Tires, Splitfire Spark Plugs, Drive Train Specialists, Print Max, Bell Racing Company, North Channel Graphics and Olaraceway.com. The fan reception was great and acquiring seat time is paramount regardless of the category. All in all it was a definite success!” Olatunji commented.

Brian went on to add that, “last season we went to 17 events, however this season we intend on competing in much fewer. Our schedule has not been finalized, however I expect somewhere around half as many as last season.”

In spite of a consolidated schedule, the licensed Top Alcohol Funny Car driver and 2005 Mechanical Engineering graduate of Kettering University is focused on finding a corporate partner in hopes of cultivating a career in the drag racing limelight. “The key is representing a company who is just as emphatic about representing you as you are about them. Meeting the objectives of the company is always at the forefront of your marketing initiatives; however a career partner that will not compromise winning on and off the race track is essential,” Olatunji revealed.

With Leadfoot Marketing’s proven track record of finding corporate partners to establish Brian O’s imminent professional career, they are confident that an ideal partnership will be forged.

For more details, please visit Olatunji’s website at www.olaraceway.com.

Download a PDF of this news article here.

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Brian O’s Blog


June 8th, 2006 in Blog by

I guess it doesn’t take long for a month to come and go when 16-20 hour days are the norm. Since the last update much hard work and preparation by my crew and I almost have us in a position for the grueling part of our schedule. It has also rained here in southeast Michigan for much of the month of May which didn’t provide many opportunities for testing.

However, we have weathered the storm and the performance of both the team and the car is coming around. Because of our great supporters such as Lucas Oil, Splitfire Spark Plugs and Jeg’s with their racer discount program we are looking forward to the continuous schedule which lay ahead. If you have not checked in on our lovely lady model search be sure to drop in and take a peak. In addition to Michelle both Jane and Amber were winners from the past two legs of our contest. Soon we will have interviews from each of the winners as well as constant updates on my team and I. Check back soon and don’t miss a beat.

Until next time… Live fast, drive hard!!!

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