Posts Tagged ‘Norwalk’

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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Brian O’s Blog


August 20th, 2006 in Blog by

Getting excited about the worlds largest one day cruise is never hard to do especially when it’s in your own backyard, The Motor City. Now add in the fact my hot rod was on display as one of the many attractions at this year’s festival of cars and car culture. Last year I was there with the VIPsports Top Alcohol Funny Car team and this year Toyo Tires asked us to represent them to the crowds of adorning gear heads. On behalf of both Toyo Tires and Leadfoot Motorsports the fans were absolutely awesome.

In spite of persistent rain much of the day, people came out to the event and stopped by our display non-stop. One of my favorite things to do besides wheeling some fuel burning beast down the 1320 is interacting with the fans as well as answering questions pertaining to our many marketing partners. In this case Toyo Tres was the star of the show for obvious reasons, however our numerous other partners received ample support as well. If you have never been to the dream cruise I would advise you to make it one of those things you do to complete you fan resume. This event is one that can’t be summed into words. For one the sheer magnitude of the event itself and the million plus people that attend make it a very special place to be. Detroit definitely earned its right to use the “Motor City” moniker this weekend. Even Rob from Toyo Tires could not believe so many people turned out to the event knowing hard rain was in the forecast for much of the day.

In addition to representing Toyo Tres, we were also pleased to have the addition of Jamie who is one of the lovely ladies competing for the title of Ms. Von Dutch / Leadfoot Motorsports. Jamie did an excellent job in representing herself, Leadfoot, Toyo and all of our other marketing partners. I think she has a bright future in modeling as well as anything else she decides to be involved with. Now that the show is over our next focus is to get the purple rocket ready for the biggest race on the IHRA’s schedule. The IHRA World Finals in Norwalk, OH at Norwalk Raceway Park will be our next event. The event begins this week August 24 – August 27th. Wish us luck as we look to capture our first Ironman! Until next time… live fast, drive hard!!!

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