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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 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.

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Brian O’s Blog

September 20th, 2006 in Blog by

I know, I know. It’s been awhile. Lately I have been busier than usual with frequent trips out of town for business as well as racing just about every weekend. In addition to all of that it’s that time of year where we are chasing money looking for marketing partners for the 2007 season. The goal is to move up in classification to the Top Alcohol Funny Car category. I have some very good opportunities; however they revolve around finding adequate funding to compete. Keep in mind we are looking at opportunities to compete with a top notch championship caliber team. Having said that my marketing team and I have been beating the bushes and we do have some irons in the fire.

This past weekend we were at the Funny Car Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park. Although, the weather was superb for a late summer weekend things did not go very well with the purple rocket. Unfortunately, after only one pass a quick check under the valve covers revealed a destroyed push rod, broken rocker arm, damaged retainer and a missing lash cap. For those of you in the know the missing lash cap was of great concern considering it could potentially be stuck somewhere in the motor. Due to the parts failure we were forced to load up early despite our intentions to leave with something shinny and a little of that green stuff made for spending. Oh well, that’s racing. However, the fans were great and made the trip itself very much worth it.

When we returned home I tore the top of the engine down and there is where I discovered the missing lash cap. This came as somewhat of a relief. I also inspected the lifter which was undamaged meaning the cam lobe was not wiped out. Wheeeew… Fast forward to Tuesday after an all night thrash to get the hot rod ready for a photo shoot and the engine sounded awesome until we attempted to start it for the second time. This is where a unique sound came from beneath the valve covers. Hopefully it isn’t much besides a valve adjustment. We were unable to investigate the root cause because we needed to get the purple rocket ready for a guest appearance with the camera and a highly skilled photog who goes by Kyle Keener. I’ll let you know all about the photo shoot in my next rant. Keep your fingers crossed that the mysterious sound from “beneath the covers” isn’t much more that a minor adjustment.

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

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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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Gehring Partners with Brian Olatunji

April 24th, 2006 in News by

Brian Olatunji and Leadfoot Motorsports Announce a Marketing Parternship with Gehring L.P. for the 2006 NHRA Season

Farmington Hills, MI – Brian Olatunji and Leadfoot Motorsports are proud to announce a marketing partnership with Gehring L.P. for the upcoming 2006 NHRA POWERade and Lucas Oil drag racing season. Brian Olatunji and Leadfoot Motorsports are currently looking for the best situation to make a dynamic impact on the NHRA tour for the upcoming 2006 season. They are currently in negotiations with several prominate teams in hopes that an agreement can be reached to compete for the NHRA Top Alcohol Championship.

“We are both excited and looking forward to this partnership with Gehring L.P.,” said Olatunji. “Through my engineering background I know the tremendous opportunity partnering with an innovative company with cutting edge technology can offer. Talk about excited! Gehring is an international company and a new player in the NHRA. We look to help them develop their technology and utilize their expertise to make our program a top contender. They are known as the leaders in honing technology and we look to be leaders in NHRA Top Alcohol Racing. It’s a perfect match.”

Motorsports Account Manager, Dave Riley from Gehring L.P., says “Partnering with a young and exciting driver who has a technical background can do nothing but enhance our products and offers a unique opportunity to become involved with the great sport that is NHRA drag racing. We believe Brian Olatunji is a future star of the NHRA and we at Gehring want nothing more than to help propel him to that status. We’re looking forward to working with Brian.”

Brian Olatunji and Leadfoot Motorsports are open to inquires pertaining to Gehring as well as driving offers for the 2006 NHRA season. If you would like to contact them feel free to send your information to or visit Leadfoot Motorsports website at

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