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
Extended ARCA Schedule with Vegan Strong
Feb 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 in eight series events – the most single-season events she’s competed since her series debut in 2010. Read more...
The Atlantic: Defying Stereotypes at 200 mph
Oct 24, 2017 “Never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a race car,” says Leilani Münter in a new video by The Atlantic. Münter, who drove the first-ever vegan-themed race car in the world, is gunning for a future in which NASCAR runs on 100 percent renewable energy. In the video, she challenges NASCAR stereotypes and explains why the sports world needs more activists. Watch the video
Vegan Campaign Brings Momentum for 2018
August 4, 2017 Race car driver and prominent environmental activist Leilani Münter has just returned home from the south of France, about as far away from an ARCA Racing Series garage as she could get. She traveled there last week to attend Leonardo DiCaprio's Saint-Tropez Gala, a benefit for the actor’s foundation, which supports environmental causes around the globe. Read more and watch a new video from the Vegan Powered tent at Talladega...
Rich Roll Podcast Interview
Leilani sits down with ultra-athlete and bestselling author Rich Roll to discuss the intersection of activism and sport and her singular commitment to leveraging her profile to educate, inspire and raise awareness around environmental issues. Listen to the podcast...
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. Read more...
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 Watch the video
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. 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
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. 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.
Impressive Debut at Talladega
May 3, 2014 After qualifying 8th for her first race at Talladega Superspeedway, Leilani ran as high as 4th and was in the top 8 almost the entire race, 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 At 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. 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!