Concord, North Carolina (October 18, 2018) – Returning to the race track, driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter, prepares to make her final appearance of 2018 piloting Venturini Motorsports’ No.20 VeganStrong.com entry in Friday night’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway.
Setting a new single season career-high with eight ARCA starts, Leilani will make her third ever appearance at Kansas since making her series debut in 2010.
Enjoying the benefits of sponsorship support from A Well-Fed World and TryVeg.com and the seat time that goes along with it, Leilani has notched two top-10 finishes on the season. The Minnesota native set a personal best eighth-place finish (fifth-place start) back in February during ARCA’s season opening event at Daytona International Speedway. She also finished ninth in her first attempt at Michigan International Speedway.
In addition to the racing, Leilani and her Vegan Strong team had an extremely successful trackside activation: they gave away 30,000 vegan cheeseburgers to race fans at her Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, Pocono, and Chicagoland races.
“I’m really looking forward to Kansas and I’m focused on finishing the year off with a strong performance,” says Leilani. “Carrying the vegan message this season has meant so much to me as this is a cause I care so much about. I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to bring this message to the racing community. Huge thanks to A Well-Fed World, TryVeg.com, Venturini Motorsports, and all of my supporters – It was an incredible honor to race the vegan message into the hearts and homes of so many Americans through our Vegan Strong program.”
A biology graduate turned race car driver and environmentalist, Leilani, was named the No. 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. 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.
Kansas 150 – Broadcast and Race Schedule
There is one final race in the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, the Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway, scheduled for Friday, October 19. Practice is scheduled at 11:30 am ET/10:30 am CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 6:05 pm ET/5:05 pm CT, and the green flag slated to wave on the season finale at 8:30 pm ET/7:30 pm CT.
The race will be televised live on either FS1 or FS2, depending on Major League Baseball playoffs; ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, track updates, and scanner audio during all on-track sessions for registered users.
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.