Leilani Münter is a biology graduate turned race car driver and environmental activist. She believes it is essential for humans to adapt and evolve the way we are living to a sustainable way that does not destroy the world around us. Leilani is an advocate for renewable energy, solar power, electric cars, plant-based diet and animals. Leilani wants our future to be a cleaner and kinder world. Read more
NEWS AND NOTES
Leilani Münter Shines at Daytona
February 19, 2017 Leilani Münter had an incredible race at Daytona on Saturday night, racing her way all the way up to 4th place in her Vegan Powered racecar with 25 laps to go. Leilani was in contention for a career best top-five finish at the World Center of Racing when the car behind her made hard contact with her rear bumper on the backstretch with just 15 laps to go. Leilani's Vegan Powered racecar sustained heavy damage to the right side of her race car and finished 19th. The Daytona race was Leilani’s only scheduled race of the 2017 season but she definitely turned some heads with her strong run and hopes more opportunities will come from it. Read more...
Leilani's Daytona Speedweeks Appearances
- Saturday Feb 18: 1230pm - 2pm ARCA garage open to fans
- Thursday Feb 23: Vegan Powered tent, times TBA
- Friday Feb 24: Vegan Powered tent, times TBA
- Saturday Feb 25: Vegan Powered tent, times TBA
- Sunday Feb 26: Vegan Powered tent, times TBA
NASCAR Race Hub "Women in Wheels"
February 16, 2017 NASCAR Race Hub aired a "Women in Wheels" series segment on Leilani and her activism in racing. Watch the episode on FOX Sports
Take a Hot Lap with Leilani at Daytona
January 14, 2017 Have you ever wondered what it's like to run a lap at Daytona at speeds of almost 190 mph? Thanks to ARCA Racing and GoPro, you can take a ride with Leilani in her No. 15 Vegan Powered Venturini Motorsports Toyota. Watch the video: A virtual lap at Daytona with Leilani Münter
Leilani Returning to ARCA Series at Daytona in World's First Ever Vegan-Themed Racecar
January 3, 2016 Leilani Münter has partnered with A Well-Fed World to bring powerful vegan messaging to millions of race fans at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA Racing Series season opener on February 18, 2016. Leilani will be behind the wheel of the No. 15 Vegan Powered entry for Venturini Motorsports. The race will air live on Fox Sports 1. The team will be serving FREE VEGAN FOOD to thousands of fans during Daytona Speedweeks, including the day of the Daytona 500. Get more information on the campaign at VeganPowered.org. During her 2014 freshman season with Venturini Motorsports, Münter earned three top-15 finishes in just four ARCA Racing Series starts. She set career highs with a pair of 12th place finishes at both Chicagoland and Kansas Speedways, coupled with a solid eighth-place qualifying run for her debut at Talladega Superspeedway and a 14th place finish.
US Dept of Energy's Tesla Ride with Leilani
December 23, 2016 The US Department of Energy joined Leilani in her Tesla Model S for a ridealong in Washington DC to learn more about the benefits of electric cars. Watch the video
Leilani Joins Electric GT Championship
Oct 4, 2016 The Electric GT Championship, the world's first zero emission GT championship, announced today that Leilani Münter is the first American driver to join the Electric GT Championship Driver's Club. The new electric series will start in 2017 and uses modified rear-wheel drive Tesla Model S P100D as it's race cars. Leilani is seeking sponsorship to participate in the opening season. Read more and see the Tesla GT race car unveiled
StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson
April 22, 2016 On Earth Day at 7pm EDT tune into StarTalk Radio when Leilani is a guest of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to talk about the anthropocene era, Racing Extinction, solar power, electric cars, and bringing activism to the masses through her race car. Listen to Leilani's guest appearance on StarTalk
New York Times: A Tesla for Vegans
Jan 14, 2016 For the eco-conscious car buyer, Tesla’s luxury electric vehicles, with their neck-snapping acceleration, are proof that performance doesn’t have to be sacrificed at the altar of saving the environment. Read the article and see Leilani's vegan Tesla Model S in the New York Times
Racing Extinction: A Global Television Event
Dec 2, 2015 Leilani has teamed up with the Academy Award winning team who brought you The Cove on their next documentary Racing Extinction which premiered globally on Discovery Channel in December 2015. Watch the trailer or you can rent or buy the film here.
Leilani & SolarCity vs. Utilities
Oct 16, 2015 Re/code: It’s nearly 1:00 am in San Francisco, outside the California Public Utilities Commission building downtown, and Leilani Münter, a woman who drives a race car for a living, steers her Tesla as slowly and quietly as she can. Read article and watch the video on Re/code
An Insane Tesla Ride Surprise
Aug 24, 2015 Leilani teamed up with The Solutions Project to surprise a 16-year-old electric car advocate in New Jersey with a ride in her favorite electric car. Watch the video and view more about the 100% campaign at 100.org
Top 10 Qualifying Run at Daytona
Feb 13, 2015 Leilani qualified 10th of 49 race cars at Daytona International Speedway today with a speed of 186.357 mph. Watch live on Fox Sports 1 as Leilani takes to the high banks of Daytona in the #66 Energy Freedom, 100.org race car.
Fastest Lady at Daytona Testing
Dec 20, 2014 Leilani went to the top of the leader board during all three test sessions she participated in at Daytona International Speedway, posting . During the two day ARCA series test, she was 7th quick overall in a field of 52 cars with a speed of 187.188 mph.
A Solar Milestone
July 19, 2014 At Chicagoland Speedway today, Leilani's race team became the first in the world to power their pit box using 100% solar power, using a system from ZeroBase Energy.
Strong Run at Chicagoland
July 19, 2014 In her first race on a 1.5 mile track in over four years, Leilani finished 12th of 26 race cars on the lead lap at Chicagoland Speedway today in the #66 PrairieGold Solar race car.
Impressive Debut at Talladega
May 3, 2014 Leilani ran as high as 4th and was in the top 8 in her first race at Talladega Superspeedway today, getting significant television coverage for her #55 Blackfish race car. On the final restart Leilani was bumped from behind and was shuffled back to finish 14th of 36 race cars. Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons and sponsor of the Blackfish car, was on hand at the race to cheer Leilani on.
She's Quick: Starting 8th at Talladega
May 3, 2014 For her first race at Talladega Superspeedway Leilani qualified 8th of 37 race cars in her Blackfish race car with a speed of 180.976 mph. Leilani will be giving away DVDs of Blackfish at the driver autograph session in the infield.
Strong Run at Daytona Cut Short
Feb 15, 2014 Although Leilani qualified her #55 Go 100% Renewable entry to a 7th place start at Daytona yesterday, ARCA's post-qualifying tech inspection claimed one of her springs was not sitting properly (same spring that was approved by ARCA tech an hour earlier). As a result Leilani's 7th place qualifying time was thrown out and she was forced to start 33rd in the race today. Leilani was fast, racing her way all the way from 33rd to 9th place only to get taken out by a spinning car later in the race.
Leilani Electrified and Solarized
Feb 6, 2014 Leilani's dream of owning an electric car powered by solar has been realized. Her Tesla Model S was delivered in September 2013 and now with the solar panels installed on her home, her home and car are now powered by sunshine!