Leilani Münter, the self-proclaimed “vegan hippie chick with a race car”, is unique in many ways. Not only is the biology graduate turned race car driver one of few female drivers in her sport, she is also committed to raising awareness of the environment, renewable energies, the planet and its future.
It may appear to be a contradiction given that the race car driver earns a living from one of the most gas-guzzling industries on the planet, but Leilani Münter, who drives in the ARCA Racing Series, finds a balance.
Off the racing track, Leilani Münter drives an electric Tesla Model S, while her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, features solar panels, a 550 gallon rainwater collection system, solar and LED lighting, and a vegetable garden.
She works with environmentally-friendly companies and advocacy groups fighting for clean energy and animal rights, and more than a decade ago committed to adopting an acre of rainforest for every race she runs to offset her carbon footprint.
Leilani Münter believes it’s essential for humans to adapt and evolve the way they live to a sustainable way that does not destroy the planet.
Ultimately, Leilani Münter would like to see Nascar move towards either using 100% renewable fuel or electric racing cars. She says: “Innovation often comes from the racetrack and the sport could really help move us forward. They have all these brilliant engineers who could also be working on making the sport more sustainable and environmentally friendly.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea