Detroit, MI - July 3, 2012 – Up and coming NHRA Funny Car driver Brian Olatunji has been selected as a finalist to co-host LIVE!with Kelly. After a nationwide search 25 finalists were chosen and fan votes will help decide who the winner will be. Brian Olatunji a 15 year drag racing veteran has competed in a variety of NHRA categories from Super Gas to Top Alcohol Funny Car. 2012 will mark the year Brian Olatunji will look to make his mark in the Pro Modified division with Harold Martin Motorsports. The Detroit native is looking forward to sitting next to Emmy award winning superstar, Kelly Ripa for a day; however he needs your help. Fans can vote for Brian Olatunji by going to www.CohostSearch.com and leaving a comment that says “Brian Olatunji.” Another way to vote is through Twitter, by mentioning “Brian Olatunji” and using the hash tag #CohostSearch. Fans can also "LIKE" and comment on the YouTube video at . "Co-hosting -- Live!With Kelly is a phenomenal opportunity and would be great exposure for myself and the sport!My team put together a cool video which showcases some of my personality and your votes will be the driving force to make this dream possible. I need you to vote for my video and be sure to vote early and often!" said an energetic Olatunji! The 25 finalists will be narrowed to 10, on Tuesday July 10, 2012. Olatunji is also in the process of filming for a new television series in which he will be starring on SPEED. The new TV show is set to debut this fall. The reality series will highlight what it takes to make it as a professional race car driver and his quest from, relatively unknown to competing with the best in the world. During filming Olatunji hopes to secure his NHRA Nitro Funny Car license with ambitions to join the NHRA Full Throttle Series during the 2013 season.