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
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. 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.
Important Message from Leilani on the First Vegan Race Car
"I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with the non-profit A Well-Fed World to bring powerful vegan messaging to millions of race fans and the general public when I get behind the wheel of the #15 Vegan Powered Toyota race car for Venturini Motorsports. This campaign is donor-driven, so please help us rev up contributions and kick our next round of funding into overdrive! A Well-Fed World is a 501c3 non-profit so your donation is tax-deductible. We have the race car, cameras, and a matching grant, but we need to raise funds for onsite vegan food outreach. With your help, we can add a large display tent to provide free vegan food samples, vegan starter guides, recipe booklets, personalized outreach, and more. Please consider giving if you are able and/or drive traffic to our powerful new campaign by sharing online! *WHEN... Daytona Speedweeks: Feb. 18-26. Leilani's ARCA race (the 18th) launches the event, which culminates with the Daytona 500 (the 26th). Outreach before, during, and after. *WHERE... Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida (plus TV & online). *WHY... to mainstream veganism & bring resources to new audiences. With 75 million fans, auto racing is a top U.S. spectator sport and so it doesn't get much more mainstream than a race car. Watch the car come to life at Venturini Motorsports and get more details at VeganPowered.org
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
2017 Racing Season Plans
Leilani will be returning to the ARCA Racing Series in 2017. Other racing series Leilani may join include the upcoming Electric GT Championship and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Leilani does not work with companies that produce fossil fuels, meat or dairy products, fur or leather, or any companies that test on animals. If your company meets these ethical standards and is interested in sponsorship, please download our PDF for more information.
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 P85+ as it's race cars. 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!