Leilani Münter is a biology graduate, professional race car driver and environmental activist. Discovery’s Planet Green named her the #1 eco athlete in the world, ELLE Magazine awarded her their Genius Award and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top 10 female race car drivers in the world. Leilani is an advocate for solar power, electric cars, a plant-based diet and animal rights. Leilani is active in lobbying for these causes in Washington, DC, and beyond. She has been a guest at The White House and the United Nations in Geneva.
Since 2007, Leilani has been adopting an acre of rainforest for every race she runs. She uses her race car to get her environmental message in front of the 75 million race fans in the USA. Her race cars have carried messages about renewable energy from wind and solar power in addition to clean energy legislation. Leilani has also been active in the effort to end cetacean captivity and has run the documentaries The Cove and Blackfish on her race cars. She has raced both open wheel cars (Indy Pro Series) and stock cars (NASCAR, ARCA). Leilani has recorded 9 top five and 20 top 10 finishes in 53 starts.
Leilani is on the board of the Oceanic Preservation Society, a non-profit that creates film, photography and media, inspiring people to save the oceans. They won the Academy Award for their first documentary The Cove and Leilani is featured in their 2015 documentary Racing Extinction. Leilani is also an Ambassador for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, and organization she has been volunteering for since 2010. She also sits on the board of advisors of The Solutions Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to 100% renewable energy.
Leilani is vegan. Her personal car is an electric Tesla Model S. Her home features solar panels, a 550 gallon rainwater collection system, solar and LED lighting, and a vegetable garden.
Leilani’s motto is: Never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a race car.