Concord, NC (January 25, 2018) – Get ready Daytona, ARCA drivers Natalie Decker and Leilani Münter are coming to town and they’re not coming quietly.
Fueled with a strong desire to succeed, captivating personalities and overwhelming popularity among their fan base, the combination of Decker and Münter pack a powerful punch.
Driving for long-time ARCA Racing Series fixture Venturini Motorsports, female teammates Natalie Decker and Leilani Münter are set to take flight in next month’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway February 10.
The lure of winning on racing’s biggest stage is every driver’s dream. But for these two women the thought of out-dueling a field of 40-drivers and capturing Daytona glory is more than just a dream – it’s a chance to make history.
As the only women entered in ARCA’s premier race, Decker and Münter stand out among a crowded garage bidding to become the first female winner in the series’ storied 65-year history.
“Every driver dreams of racing and winning at Daytona. This is exactly what I’ve been dreaming of since I started racing karts as a kid,” says 20-year old ARCA driver Natalie Decker. “I’m living my dream. Everyone in the garage are chasing the same goal. As far I’m concerned all drivers are created equal – we all share the same racing DNA. Once I put on my helmet I’m no different than anyone else.”
Aiming for a championship run in the ARCA Series this season Decker will make her Daytona debut in February. Earlier this month during open testing at Daytona’s famed track the Eagle River, WI native topped single car practice runs behind the wheel of her No.25 Venturini Motorsports – N29 Capital Partners Toyota entry.
Fully aware of the sports’ history, Decker’s teammate, Leilani Münter, offers similar sentiments about creating headlines at Daytona.
“It’s all about breaking a glass ceiling,” says Leilani. “We’re not the first and won’t be the last female racers with a chance to win at this level. Obviously winning Daytona would be incredible and life-changing for me but it’s bigger than that – no women driver has ever won in the ARCA series or any of NASCAR’s top three series’ for that matter. The conversation should not be if it will happen, it’s about when it will happen.”
Known best for her environmental voice, Leilani will drive the No.20 Vegan Strong car during her sixth start at Daytona and tenth overall career ARCA start since 2010. Last season driving for Venturini Motorsports at Daytona Münter had a fantastic run going, running as high as fourth in the final stages of the race. With just 15-laps to go, running sixth, Leilani took heavy contact from another car as they raced down the backstretch – ending her chances.
Don’t miss Decker and Munter as they join the a stacked field during the 55th running of the Daytona ARCA 200 from Daytona International Speedway Saturday, Feb. 10 with live, flag-to-flag coverage aired on FOX SPORTS 1 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
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.