By Seth Leitman
Leilani goes through NASCAR tech prior to running in the NASCAR Elite Division Southwest Series.
Leilani Munter: Much like the bumblebee, I am a race car driver that doesn’t know I can’t be an environmental activist. So I just keep buzzing around.
There was an opportunity to race this year that I turned down because the sponsor was causing severe environmental damage. Of course I want to race, but I cannot just let anyone sponsor my race car. I am in discussions with several forward thinking companies that are leaders in environmental responsibility and when I race with these companies on the side of my car, I can feel good about it.
In 2006 I added a section to my racing website dedicated to environmental news and in 2007, I announced my commitment to adopt and protect an acre of rainforest for every race I enter to offset my carbon footprint. Needless to say, my activism ruffled a few feathers in the racing garage but I am making progress. Last year I had a lifelong NASCAR fan ask me how I go about adopting rainforest because he didn’t know what to buy his wife for her birthday and thought protecting an acre of rainforest in her name might make a nice gift.
GLG: Tell me about your interest in LEDs!
LM: No, not at all. I was going out to California on a trip and applied for Project Green Search at the same time to meet some great people. I am really grateful to have met all of those wonderful women in the competition and had a blast.
Then she said there will be more about Leilani Munter and race car drivers making an impact.