(CONCORD, N.C. – February 5, 2014) – Female race car driver
and environmental activist Leilani Münter announced today her partnership with
Venturini Motorsports for the upcoming ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Leilani Münter, known as the “Carbon Free Girl” will drive
VMS’s No. 55 Go 100% Renewable Toyota in next week’s ARCA Racing Series season
opener, the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real.
Munter’s Go 100% Renewable-themed race car is a joint
sponsorship effort between Lighting Science Group and ZeroBase™, two of the
companies leading the development of cutting edge technologies within the
Renewable Energy space.
Why talk about renewable energy at Daytona? Munter, who has
combined two of her biggest passions, racing and the environment, gets asked
this question regularly.
“The racetrack is one of the last places people would expect
us to discuss renewable energy, and that is exactly why it’s where we need to
be,” she said. “It’s time people start hearing about renewable energy solutions
that save you money while protecting the environment. It’s an honor to feature
Lighting Science Group and ZeroBase on my Go 100% Renewable car for ARCA’s
season kick-off at Daytona."
Lighting Science Group has been a leader in the development,
manufacturing and marketing of LED lighting for over 10 years. LED lights offer consumers an easy way to
save hundreds of dollars a year on electricity bills while also eliminating the
negative environmental impact of Mercury.
Mercury, used in many of the compact florescent lights sold today, is
hazardous to the environment. The trace
amount of Mercury released by just one cracked CFL is enough to contaminate
6,000 gallons of water!
“Lighting Science offers a responsible solution to consumers
looking to save money while not sacrificing light quality or the environment,”
said Sean Tegart, Vice President of Lighting Science Group. “We are proud to support Leilani to increase
the awareness of practical renewable energy solutions including LED
ZeroBase™, a veteran of hybrid energy solutions, designs and
builds mobile, adaptable microgrid systems that provide our military forces
overseas with consistent power supplies. In recent years, one in six fuel
convoys have been attacked in Afghanistan. ZeroBase™ aims to reduce military
fuel consumption, thereby reducing the number of vulnerable convoys and
possible casualties from attacks. Named best -in -class by the United States
Army and the Department of Defense, ZeroBase's™ products reduce generator fuel consumption
by more than 50% while operating safely and reliably in the harshest of
"Reducing the global reliance on fossil fuel is the
heart of ZeroBase's mission and a core element of Leilani Munter's passion,”
stated Jaron Rothkop, President & CTO of ZeroBase™. “We admire Leilani's
dedication to this cause, and are proud to partner with her at Daytona so that
we may bring the renewable energy discussion to an exciting new audience."
By combining two of her biggest passions, racing and the environment,
Leilani has become an uncommon messenger with the unique combination of race
car driver and environmental activist. A
native of Rochester, Minnesota Leilani received her Bachelor of Science degree
in Biology from University of California San Diego. Utilizing racing as her platform Leilani has
been able to use her voice within the racing community to raise awareness of
many environmental issues plaguing our society today.
With years of dedication to environmental issues, Leilani
has become a recognized leader in the environmental community: Discovery's
Planet Green named her the #1 eco athlete in the world; Glamour Magazine called
her "An Eco Hero;" ELLE Magazine awarded her their Genius Award; and Sports
Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world.
Since 2007 Munter has been adopting an acre of rainforest
for every race she runs to offset the carbon footprint of her race car. Away
from the track, she drives an electric Tesla Model S that she charges with
solar panels at her home.
Driving for Venturini Motorsports at Daytona, she will join
teammates Justin Boston, John Wes Townley and Mark Thompson.
In preparation for ARCA’s crown jewel, Munter posted the
sixth-fastest lap with a speed of 183.303 mph during December’s open test and practice
session at Daytona. In all, 78 drivers
posted lap times during the pre-holiday three-day test.
Munter will kick-off the '14 racing season with her powerful
message during ARCA's 62nd season opener which airs live on Fox Sports 1
on Saturday, February 15.
To learn more about Leilani’s racing career and her
environmental efforts visit www.CarbonFreeGirl.com
or follow her on Facebook or Twitter @LeilaniMunter.
Lighting Science (OTCQB: LSCG) is a global leader in
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ZeroBase™ is the leading innovator in renewable and hybrid
distributed power products, specializing in remote off-grid systems that
deliver power to some of the most rugged locations on the planet. ZeroBase™
solutions reduce the cost and risk of fossil fuel dependence for government and
commercial customers, including the U.S. Department of Defense.
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years
in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR
driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and
consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable
names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of
notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Alex
Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, John Wes Townley and Erik Jones. Over the
years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in
America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian
American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org)
and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario
Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.