With electric ride to Chicagoland Speedway, Leilani Münter to become first ARCA driver to travel oil free to a race

(July 9, 2014) - Next week, race car driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter will bring her renewable energy message to diverse communities across seven states, policy makers in Washington, DC, and to race fans at Chicagoland Speedway. 

On Sunday, July 13, she will begin an electric road trip from her home in Charlotte, N.C. to Chicagoland Speedway in her Tesla Model S. Her first stop will be in Washington, DC, where she and colleagues from The Solutions Project will meet on Monday with policy makers to discuss the transition to renewable energy. Along her “Electric Route to the Racetrack,” Münter will host two meet-ups: the first in Bethesda, Maryland, and another in Chicago. She is also inviting fans to join her at each Tesla Supercharger stop and has published her route online. When her journey is complete, Münter will be the first ARCA or NASCAR driver to travel to a race completely oil free. 

On Saturday, July 19, Münter will slip behind the wheel of her other machine to race at Chicagoland with PrairieGold Solar as the primary sponsor on her No. 66 Venturini Motorsports ARCA Racing Series entry. PrairieGold Solar is an innovative company focused on developing, owning, and operating solar projects across North and South America.

“Getting off oil by driving electric cars and using solar to power the electric grid helps America reduce our dependence on foreign oil and secure our energy independence. That’s a win-win for the environment and national security,” said Münter.

"Leilani is a wonderful ambassador for renewable energy, and PrairieGold Solar is proud to help support her efforts at Chicagoland Speedway. We invite all of the racing fans to join her team for renewable energy - it's a race that together we can and must win,” said Paul Batcheller, CEO of PrairieGold Solar. 

“When I first met Leilani at Daytona I was inspired by her passion for using her voice as a race driver to get the word out about the importance of renewable energy,” said Brandon Hurlbut, former Chief of Staff at the US Department of Energy, who also sits on the Board of Directors at PrairieGold Solar. 

The Solutions Project, an advocacy group working towards accelerating the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy has partnered again with Münter at Chicagoland Speedway. The group previously supported her efforts in the Go 100% Renewable #55 Venturini Motorsports entry at Daytona International Speedway in February. Münter serves on the Board of Advisors for The Solutions Project. 

"With consumer demand and business opportunity for clean, renewable energy on the rise in communities across the country, we are so excited to grow our partnership with Leilani,” said Mark Ruffalo, actor, co-founder and board member of The Solutions Project, “From her choice to go 100% electric on her 3-day drive to the race in Chicago to PrairieGold Solar's sponsorship of her at Chicagoland, Leilani is a strong voice for all Americans to go solar, go electric and go 100%!"

Well known for her environmental work, Münter had solar panels installed on her home in February so she can drive her electric car on the power of sunshine. With the cost of solar photovoltaics decreasing by 80% in the last five years, solar energy use is accelerating quickly: every two minutes a solar array is being installed on a home in the United States.

Münter is coming off momentum from her latest ARCA at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on May 3 where she ran as high as fourth and kept her #55 Blackfish racecar in the top eight spots leading up to the final restart, finishing 14th

This will be Münter’s first ARCA race at Chicagoland Speedway. Race coverage for the Ansell ActivArmr 150 will air live on FOX Sports 2 starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 19, with live timing and scoring as well as the radio broadcast through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. 

About PrairieGold Solar

PrairieGold Solar is an innovative company focused on developing, owning, and operating solar assets across North and South America. PrairieGold Solar is an affiliate of Prairie Gold Venture Partners (PGVP), a ten year old venture capital firm with over $50M in assets under management across two funds and deep experience in renewables investing. The PrairieGold Solar team builds upon PGVP's experience in venture capital investing and brings seasoned expertise in project finance, large scale energy M&A and renewable energy business management. 

About The Solutions Project

The Solutions Project works with diverse leaders and innovators who share a common goal: to accelerate the nation’s transition to clean, renewable energy. The organization inspires and supports individual as well as public and private sector efforts to improve the health, economic and security interests of all Americans through 100 percent clean, renewable energy. The organization’s Board of Directors includes Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo, Stanford University professor Mark Jacobson, Mosaic co-founder and president Billy Parish, and others. To learn more, go to www.thesolutionsproject.org

About Leilani Münter

Leilani Münter is biology graduate turned professional race car driver and environmental activist. Discovery's Planet Green named Leilani the #1 Eco Athlete in the world. She is a recipient of ELLE Magazine's 2012 Genius Award and Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. Leilani has 9 top fives and 19 top tens in 47 starts. She is the fourth woman in history to race in the Indy Pro Series, the development league of IndyCar. She set the record for the highest finish for a female stock car driver in the history of the Texas Motor Speedway when she finished fourth in 2006. Since 2007, Leilani has been adopting an acre of rainforest for every race she runs. Her motto is "Never underestimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a race car."

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