by MICHELLE NASH @hello_michello and MIGUEL ENDARA @thisisfusion
A race car driver and clean energy advocate is an unusual combination. Leilani Münter is not just a race car driver, she is a vegan, environmental activist who believes in the concept of getting the country to a 100% renewal energy by 2050.
“She is the Leilani apple seed of renewal energy, she’s been going around and planting these seeds of hope and seed of future that’s different than the one that we are living in now, more promising. ” — Mark Ruffalo
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver, but her self-proclaimed slogan “a vegan hippie chick with a racecar” proves there is more to her than most competitors in the male-dominated sport.
Münter, who competes in the ARCA series, is on a mission to raise awareness about the environment in ways few players in her industry have dared to go. After all, one of the biggest villains in her carbon-free movement is the fossil fuel, the very lifeblood of her sport.
In the days leading up to a recent race, Leilani embarked on a road trip in an electric car from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina to Chicagoland Speedway, becoming the first ARCA or NASCAR driver to travel to a race completely oil free.
Fusion had the opportunity to ride shotgun with Leilani, meeting some key voices in the process to hear their views on the benefits and challenges facing renewable energy and electric cars.
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