Daytona Beach, Fl. (February 10, 2018) – Just hours before today’s highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona International Speedway, driver, Leilani Münter, addressed the media at the ‘World Center of Racing’ unveiling her extended 2018 series schedule.
Following a busy morning of appearances, Leilani proudly introduced her No.20 VEGANSTRONG.com Daytona car along with a season schedule which will feature the Rochester, Minn. native in eight series events – the most single-season events she’s competed since her series debut in 2010.
Leilani, a biology graduate, turned race car driver and environmental activist with support from A Well-Fed World and TRYVEG.com (VEGAN STRONG), will start today’s race from the fifth-starting spot – a career best.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to Venturini Motorsports for eight races in the No. 20 VEGANSTRONG.com Toyota,” said Leilani. “I’m excited to run three tracks I’ve never raced on before (Charlotte, Michigan, Pocono). It’s also a huge relief to me to be in a race car on a semi-regular basis; I’ve primarily had one-off race deals in ARCA. A huge thank you to A Well-Fed World and TryVeg.com for supporting me and to Venturini Motorsports for giving me fast race cars.”
In addition to Daytona, Leilani will compete at Talladega Superspeedway (4/27), Charlotte Motor Speedway (5/24), Pocono Raceway (6/1), Michigan International Speedway (6/8), Chicagoland Speedway (6/28), Pocono Raceway (7/27) and Kansas Speedway (10/19).
An advocate for plant-based diets, solar power and animal rights, Leilani has made a career racing for a cause. Her past race cars have included messages regarding renewable energy and clean energy legislation as well as award-winning documentaries The Cove and Blackfish.
In addition to racing, Leilani will reinforce her VEGAN STRONG message during Saturday’s pre-race festivities and continue through the Daytona 500. As part of an extensive sponsorship activation campaign, Leilani’s VEGAN STRONG team will be front and center outside the stadium giving away samples of the revolutionary Impossible Burger, a 100% plant-based burger made for meat lovers. The samples will be prepared with both Miyoko’s Kitchen vegan butter and Follow Your Heart’s Vegenaise.
Leilani will appear Sunday, February 11 and again February 15-18 at her VEGANSTRONG.com display located in the fan-vendor area outside the front entrance of Daytona International Speedway.
In addition to Daytona, Leilani’s VEGANSTRONG.com track display will be present at Talladega, Charlotte, Chicago, and both Pocono events.
Leilani affectionately referenced as a ‘vegan hippie chick with a race car’ was named the #1 eco athlete in the world by Discovery’s Green Planet and Sports Illustrated once named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world.
For more than a decade, Leilani has adopted an acre of rainforest for every race she runs. She has raced both open wheel cars (Indy Pro Series) and stock cars (NASCAR Elite Division, ARCA) and has recorded nine top five and 19 top ten finishes in 52 starts.
A board member of the Oceanic Preservation Society, Leilani is featured in their documentary Racing Extinction. Leilani also serves on the board of Empowered by Light and EARTHx Film. She has been an Ambassador for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project since 2010. Leilani is a vegan, and her personal car is a 100% electric Tesla Model S which is powered by the solar panels on the roof of her home.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Over the last 35-years Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in professional motorsports. Known for long-time dominance in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Venturini Motorsports is held in high regard as one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the county. Since 2007, VMS has specialized in the career development of some of today’s top racing talent including current NASCAR “Stars” – Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Darryl ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhoads, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft, Brennan Poole, Dalton Sargeant, Justin Haley and Todd Gilliland. Integrity, dedication and continuous innovation paired with years of on-track success has helped define Venturini Motorsports as one of the longest tenured teams in all of modern day racing. In 2012, the Venturini racing family was recognized for their collective achievements and inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame – now finding themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Chip Ganassi, Andy Granatelli, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.