CONCORD, N.C. – Race car driver and environmental activist Leilani Munter will be back with Venturini Motorsports when the ARCA Racing Series visits Talladega Superspeedway for the General Tire 200 on May 5.
Munter will again be piloting her ‘Vegan Powered’ car with support from A Well-Fed World and World Animal News.
“This is the year for the animals – Leilani is the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and a true inspiration to all,” says Katie Cleary, founder of World Animal News. “She’s a trailblazer – not only is she making an impact in a sport mainly dominated by men but she’s strong, accomplished and laying a foundation for those to follow in her path without fear or judgement. Leilani’s passion is empowering – she’s living her dream and unselfishly becoming a role model for those who look up to her and her strong convictions.”
The Vegan Powered car, Munter’s current mission, was a dream come true when the Minnesota native first unveiled her message earlier this year at Daytona. That dream continues today with an encore performance as a direct result of the overwhelming success and world-wide attention gained by her efforts both on and off the track back in February.
“Leilani is an absolute inspiration to all of us with her commitment to her beliefs,” said Billy Venturini, director of Competition and team co-owner of Venturini Motorsports. “Her performance at Daytona was impressive. I believe there are many sponsors out there looking for someone who stands for them so strongly and therefore makes her a very unique race car driver and representative.”
Munter will drive the No.98 Vegan Powered – World Animal News entry as part of a one-race collaboration between Venturini Motorsports and Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Only expected to drive one race this season, Munter’s recent Daytona campaign success generated support providing her the opportunity to compete at Talladega.
“Bringing the vegan message to the racing community at Daytona was a dream come true for me,” said Munter. “I was overwhelmed by the messages of support I received from around the world and the reaction from race fans at Daytona could not have been more positive. They loved our vegan food just like I knew they would! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to carry this message on to Talladega. I can’t thank A Well-Fed World and World Animal News enough for their support.”
Veteran crew chief Kevin Reed will lead Munter’s Talladega effort.