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Leilani Münter
Professional Race Car Driver and Environmental Activist
  • Board member of the Oceanic Preservation Society
  • Ambassador for Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project
  • Featured in the Emmy-nominated film Racing Extinction, a documentary about mankind's role in the potential loss of at least half of the world's species
  • Hasn’t been to a gas station since September, 2013
Vegan hippie chick with a race car
Ecosystem: Impact

Racing has always been at the leading edge of automotive technology, so it makes sense that stock car driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter uses her rides as a platform to promote renewable energy and a greener world. In 2007, Leilani became the world’s first carbon-neutral racer, offsetting her on-track emissions by adopting acres of endangered rainforest, and her pit crew has since replaced diesel with solar power. Discovery's Planet Green named her the number one 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. Trained in biology, Leilani lives in North Carolina, where there’s a Tesla Model S in the garage, a massive rainwater collection system outside, solar panels on the roof, and composting worms in the garden. Her motto: Never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a race car.

“If we only work with those who believe in the same things that we do, who is going to change the minds of those who don’t?”