(MOORESVILLE, N.C. - February 8, 2012) - Leilani Münter may be small, but she is a huge force when it comes to standing up for causes that she is very passionate about, especially the inhumane captivity and slaughter of dolphins around the world.
Münter will drive the first-ever ocean awareness-themed car on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, joining Tony Marks Racing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener next Saturday.
In an incredible display of the public's support of her cause, Münter's race to bring public awareness to the plight of the dolphins has been funded completely by donations from individuals and organizations who wanted to help get her ocean awareness race car on track.
Tony Marks Racing's No. 12 Dodge Charger will feature the Academy Award-winning documentary "The Cove," which exposes the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins in a small cove in Taiji, Japan. The documentary, which won over 70 awards globally, also exposed the undeniable connection between dolphin parks and dolphin captivity with the largest slaughter of dolphins in the world. Münter, a biology graduate, has made three trips to Japan to document the dolphin slaughter firsthand and keep the issue in the public's mind.
"Racing a 'The Cove'-themed race car at Daytona is an incredible opportunity to reach a new audience about this important issue and since the race is broadcast live on SPEED, it will be seen in the United States and overseas," Münter said.
Dolphin activist Ric O'Barry, the film's star, and director Louie Psihoyos will join Münter at Daytona to autograph 1000 DVDs of the movie to give away to race fans during ARCA All Access in the ARCA garage. The event begins at 12:30 and will last for 90 minutes on Saturday, February 18.
"I am excited Leilani is with the team for Daytona and hopefully we can take this further into the future," said team owner Tony Marks. "She is a very driven person and passionate about what she believes in. What she is doing is an honorable thing - she takes risks to expose the brutal slayings of the dolphins and that is something that a lot of us would not even think about doing."
The team will hold a race shop screening of the film to give the team a deeper understanding of the motivating force behind their driver.
To read Tony Marks Racing's full press release - including more information about "The Cove" - click here.