Leilani did a great job. She got up to speed quick and was very smooth, ran a very good pattern, a good line. In the race,
she did what she needed to do. At the start, she took her time, was patient, and got up to speed. She lost a couple of positions,
but once she got acclimated and comfortable running in traffic, she started moving back up. Leilani’s wanting to learn and do so as
quickly as she can. She asks a lot of questions and gives a lot of good feedback. I’m looking forward to seeing her race some more.
... Four time Indy 500 Champion Rick Mears, commenting on Leilani's Indy Pro debut
There were sections in there where people were shrugging their shoulders and wondering, ‘How does she know she could go three-wide right there?’ I said, ‘Hey, she’s a racer!’
I think she’s run a phenomenal race, I had all the spotters up there in the spotters’ stand that were bummed afterwards but knew there
was nothing she could do, but man, she was running a heck of a race. To be honest with you, I didn’t have a huge amount of expectations. She was a rookie. Obviously, she was
going with one of the best teams out there – I knew that she was going to be pretty good, but I had no idea that she was going to have the race that she did.
I think she impressed not only me, but I think she impressed everybody at Sam Schmidt Motorsports. She also impressed a lot of people at the IRL. She had a phenomenal race going.
I think she was a victim of circumstances.
... IndyCar driver Jaques Lazier, commenting on Leilani's Indy Pro debut
Leilani Münter impressed a lot of people here.
... Kevin Lee, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network
Leilani Münter is flat hooked up. She just passed five cars in the last lap and a half. Make no mistake about it – she’s a pretty good racer.
... Mark Jaynes, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network
She was fast and consistent.
... AutoWeek, on Leilani's Daytona test
I did have a lot of fun working with her. She’s a quick study for sure. She was open and willing to listen to anything I had to say.
I think it’s that kind of attitude that is going to continue to make her as successful as she wants to be. She’s willing to learn and willing to adapt.
The weekend was definitely going exceptionally well. It’s easy for a driver to get to a certain point where they’re getting success, and they shut down the listening process.
Leilani never did that. I really wasn’t expecting much, and she absolutely floored me with her overall professionalism.
... IndyCar driver Jaques Lazier, commenting on working with Leilani in the Indy Pro series
She did very well to qualify fifth quick with the competition level that we have in this series. That shows how much talent she does have.
... Indy Pro Series Technical/Race Director Butch Meyer, commenting on Leilani's 5th place qualifying effort in her Indy Pro debut
Leilani did a great job testing the Indy Pro Series car. I was very impressed with how quickly she got up to speed and with the feedback she gave the team.
She had a real good feel for the car. She will be a very tough competitor in the Indy Pro Series.
... Indy Pro Series Technical/Race Director Butch Meyer
Leilani has the desire and potential to become one of the top drivers
in the next generation of racing stars. Leilani has an understanding of
what to do in a race car. She's not intimidated. She's not a good 'woman'
driver. She's just a good driver.
... Nextel Cup driver and ARCA Champion Andy Hillenburg
Leilani was very impressive today, particularly as this was her first time in an open wheel car.
She adapted to the track quickly and once she found her line, was very consistent throughout the entire test. We put a lot of downforce on the car,
but she intuitively knew how to find all the speed possible in that setup. She did an excellent job.
... Peter Parrott, Two-time Indianapolis 500 championship crew chief and Indianapolis 500 Hall of Famer
If anyone ever doubts your ability to drive a race car, you
have them call my cell phone.
... Terry Barden, director of competition ROMCO Super Late Model Series
Leilani impressed veterans and newcomers alike in her first super late model race.
... Late Model Digest
The sport is waiting for the first young lady to make it. Leilani
has the true passion, desire, and patience to make it in the sport.
She's got the heart of a lion. I think she's gonna be one heck of
a race car driver.
... Rick Goodwin, NASCAR Busch Series car owner
Some people can't accept that she's a good looking woman with the
talent to drive race cars, a lot of people think you can't do both.
... Cliff Lakey, late model race team owner
We've had the Finishline Racing School for 12 years and have seen
a lot of talent pass through our curriculum. Leilani has the proven
ability to pursue any racing avenue that may present itself. She
has a wonderful personality and would be an excellent sponsor spokesperson.
She was a pleasure to work with and would be a welcome addition to any
team she drives for.
... Mike Loescher, Chief instructor for Finishline Racing School
Leilani has the ability to drive a stock car. It's encouraging to
me to see a female do that 'cause a lot of them can't. There are a
lot of peddle pushers, very few of them are race car drivers.
... NASCAR Legend Donnie Allison
Leilani Münter is our pick for the #1 Eco Athlete
... Discovery's Planet Green
"By defying stereotypes, this eco-activist-slash-racecar-driver is winning over NASCAR fans and conservationists alike."
... Oprah Magazine
Leilani Münter is a powerhouse of seeming contradictions: a petite 5' nothing surrounded by crowds of muscular, testosterone-filled male racers, she endorses her car with only green environmental campaign partners. She is one of our own generation's Davids, a modern day Goliath killer."
... Louie Psihoyos, Academy Award Winning Director of "The Cove"
Leilani Münter is the World's First Green Race Car Driver
... Discovery's Planet Green
We have our picks of the people, places and ideas that typify the strength and spirit, the goodness, across our nation.
Leilani Münter is one of our Best of America. Leilani is America's Best Green Speed Demon.
... Reader's Digest
Leilani Münter has landed a starring role.
... USA Today
One of the top ten female race car drivers in the world.
... Sports Illustrated
Steve McQueen probably never lost sleep over his carbon footprint. Not so for racecar driver Leilani Münter - a green racecar driver with a clean conscience.
... New York Times
A woman we love. Leilani Münter is our new favorite NASCAR driver.
... Esquire Magazine
One of Glamour's Eco Heroes.
... Glamour Magazine
As green advocates go, Münter is exceptional by every measure.
... Green Right Now, ABC 11
Leilani Münter is one of the leaders shifting our planet.
... Origin Magazine
A lack of funding rather than a lack of skill prevented Münter from making her ARCA debut before this year.
... New York Times
Leilani Münter is one of our favorite green gals.
I love that she's just pushing the envelope - trying to find that line between saying "I love fast cars but I want to also stop our deterioration of the atmosphere.
... Lisa Renstrom, former National President of the Sierra Club
In addition to being one of the top-ranked female race car drivers in the country, Leilani has a passion for environmental activism. She credits this passion to her science background.
Leilani’s passion and outreach show that confronting global warming is an issue important to all Americans, including NASCAR fans.
... Larry Schweiger, President of the National Wildlife Federation
If she's the future, then we have a reason to consider cars in general, and racing in particular, in a more nuanced light. Leilani is a delightfully green paradox and eco hero.
... Green Daily
One of Our Top 12 Most Beautiful People in NASCAR.
... Sporting News Magazine
Carbon Free Girl Leilani Münter is not your usual NASCAR driver - she is an avid environmentalist.
... US Department of Energy
What do you get when you cross a race car driver with a vegetarian and animal rights activist? How about putting that hybrid in the body of a supermodel who happens to have a degree in biology? Leilani Munter, the racecar-driving-super-genius-eco-goddess.
... Coco Eco Magazine
Danica Patrick may be stealing the racing headlines these days, but there's another lady racer who could
steal the show. Her name is Leilani Münter, and if you're not familiar with her, I predict you will soon.
... Rebecca Gladden, NASCAR Journalist
Look out Danica, Leilani Münter is the newest 'it' girl in racing.
... Element of Speed
One of 2010's Most Influential Women in Green
... Coco Eco Magazine
Leilani Münter is on a mission to change NASCAR's gas-guzzling ways. Münter, a mega-greenie, is very active in the fight for environmental legislation. Plus, she doesn't let her sport off the hook. She has often discussed the need for NASCAR to make the switch to a renewable clean-energy source.
Leilani Münter is not afraid of a challenge. In addition to being one of the top-ranked women in motor sports, Leilani has taken a leadership position in promoting green products and behaviors to the auto racing community. Her environmental messaging is edgy and personalized. We like this story, because it pushes the envelope in terms of marketing and outreach. And in a larger sense, it's a parable about green leadership in the mainstream, and the power of a unique and authentic message.
... AltaTerra Research Network
Eco Warriors: Leilani Münter & Brian Vickers Bring Together Two Worlds at Odd
... Sporting News Magazine
Leilani Münter Tops Our List As the #1 BadAss Green
Race car drivers are almost always involved in some kind of charity work, and it usually involves causes that are strategically uncontroversial, like disabled children or breast cancer. While it's great that those worthy charities benefit from the motorsports involvement, it's also kind of cool to see drivers who follow specific passions to support something a little more edgy. Leilani Münter, who drives in both the ARCA series and IRL, has never let up on her hardcore commitment to green living and animal protection. But for her, it's not just a matter of writing a check: she recently traveled to Taiji, Japan, the scene of the gruesome annual dolphin slaughter made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, to get right up in the hostile, shouting faces of the "fishermen" responsible for the barbarism. Good for her - it's a great cause.
... Car Domain
Armed with a degree in Biology, cover-girl looks and boundless bravado, Leilani Münter delivers an iconoclastic mix of fast cars, environmental fervor and fearless resolve - truly a rebel with a cause.
... Speaker Wiki
Leilani Münter is a multi-talented rising star.
... Tim Tuttle, 2008 Indianapolis 500 Historical Program
How does NativeEnergy reach people who are not already converts on the issue of climate change? Anyone who is engaged in any broad effort to speak to the public faces this question: Do I talk only to friendly audiences, or do I face the doubters and the hostiles? If we only address those who already agree with us, nothing changes. And if we work only with people who already believe in what we do, who is going to change the minds of those who don't? Leilani Münter is a proven and committed environmental advocate. That has been demonstrated beyond a doubt. Leilani is also a race car driver, and racing leaves an over sized carbon footprint. So there's a contradiction. And in that contradiction lies and opportunity: To reach some 75 million individuals who are avid racing fans. My guess is that a fair share of them are not troubling themselves about global warming. That is why we decided that it makes perfect sense to support Leilani and her mission. Is car racing "bad?" Are 75 million fans damnable? Surely not. Rather, those 75 million fellow inhabitants of our planet present a rich vein of possibility that we want to explore. And explore we will, following the guidance of Leilani, the carbon free girl.
... Thomas H. Rawls, VP Marketing NativeEnergy
Leilani Münter is a woman on a mission.
... Senator Elizabeth Dole
"I like what she said. She's very genuine. She knows her stuff. She's very tough. It's very tough to be a driver - especially in NASCAR as a woman - that's a good old boys network."
... Michael Austin, host of Blue Planet Almanac
Environmentalists are glad to have her on their team.
... UCSD Magazine
All drivers have some kind of personal brand, although some brands are far stronger and more defined than others. Leilani Münter has one of the most defined and unique brands in racing. As green awareness has risen in the US, more companies are interested in using racing to reach a wider audience. And Münter's "carbon free girl" image has her in pole position to represent those companies.
... Bill Zahren, pressdog
I think it's a fantastic thing.
... Frank O'Donnell, President of Clean Air Watch on Leilani's trip to Washington D.C. to speak to Congress members on behalf of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act
If she ever makes it into Nextel Cup tickets are going to be very hard to come by.
Leilani is powerful, confident, and sexy. She is the epitome
of what Trimspa is all about.
... Alex Goen, Founder and CEO of Trimspa
Model, NASCAR.com correspondent, and race car driver Leilani Munter
finished 7th in a late model stock car race run in support of the Craftsman
Truck Series. Our view? FHM Magazine was the sponsor. Her experience as a model
will make this driver very attractive to a senior series team some day.
... NASCAR Newsbreaker
The girl's no model. She's a race car driver. She's just better
looking than most.
... American Thunder Magazine
The truth is this young woman is the epitome of the American dream.
... Danville Register and Bee
Leilani Münter is one of the hottest names in racing these days.
... San Diego Union Tribune
The hottest woman in NASCAR.
... FHM Magazine
Cover girl Leilani Münter arrived at the track in low slung
khaki-colored pants and a tight-fitting tshirt, looking more like
a skateboarder than a race car driver. But in the current fashion
of Gen X drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr, with his goatee and bandana,
what are drivers suppose to look like?
... Charlotte Magazine
America's Sexiest Race Car driver.
... Men's Journal Magazine
Auto racing is no longer just for the good old boys.
Beauty, brains, and ambition is what makes Leilani a
marketable race car driver. But to Leilani, what happens
on the track is what counts.
... NBC Sports
Leilani's model like looks take a back seat when she gets
behind the wheel.
... FOX Sports
Leilani is the inspiring true story of one woman who chose motors over
models and self fulfillment over fame.
... The Women's Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King