Venturini teammates Decker, Munter looking to make history at Daytona

Venturini teammates Decker, Munter looking to make history at Daytona

CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 25, 2018) - Get ready Daytona…ARCA drivers Natalie Decker and Leilani Münter are coming to town. Fueled with a strong desire to succeed, captivating personalities and growing popularity among their fan base, the combination of Decker and Münter packs a powerful punch.

Driving for long-time ARCA Racing Series team Venturini Motorsports, female teammates Decker and Münter are set to take flight in next month’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season-opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int'l Speedway Saturday, Feb. 10.

The lure of winning on stock car racing’s biggest stage is every driver’s dream. But for these two women the thought of out-dueling a field of 40 drivers and capturing Daytona glory is more than just a dream; it’s a chance to make history.

Decker and Münter stand out as drivers trying to become the first female winners in the series’ storied 66-year history.

“Every driver dreams of racing and winning at Daytona," said Decker. "This is exactly what I've been dreaming of since I started racing karts as a kid. I’m living my dream. Everyone in the garage is chasing the same goal. As far I’m concerned all drivers are created equal…we all share the same racing DNA. Once I put on my helmet I’m no different than anyone else.”

Aiming for a championship run in the ARCA Series this season, Decker will make her Daytona debut in February. Earlier this month during open testing at Daytona, the Eagle River, Wis. driver topped single car practice runs behind the wheel of her No. 25 Venturini Motorsports – N29 Capital Partners Toyota.

Münter offers similar sentiments about creating headlines at Daytona.

“It’s all about breaking a glass ceiling,” said Munter. “We’re not the first and won’t be the last female racers with a chance to win at this level. Obviously winning Daytona would be incredible and life-changing for me but it’s bigger than that…no woman driver has ever won in the ARCA Series or any of NASCAR’s top three series, for that matter. The conversation should not be if it will happen; it’s about when it will happen.”

Known best for her environmental voice, Munter will drive the No. 20 Vegan Strong car in her sixth start at Daytona. Last season driving for Venturini Motorsports at Daytona Münter had a fantastic run going, running as high as fourth in the final stages of the race. With just 15 laps to go, running sixth, Munter had heavy contact from another car as they raced down the backstretch, ending her chances.

Don’t miss Decker and Munter as they join the a stacked field during the 55th running of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire from Daytona International Speedway Saturday, Feb. 10, with live, flag-to-flag coverage on FS1 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.


Over the last 35-years Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in professional motorsports. Known for long-time dominance in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Venturini Motorsports is held in high regard as one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the county. Since 2007, VMS has specialized in the career development of some of today's top racing talent including current NASCAR "Stars" - Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Darryl 'Bubba' Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Ben Rhoads, Ryan Reed, Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft, Brennan Poole, Dalton Sargeant, Justin Haley and Todd Gilliland. Integrity, dedication and continuous innovation paired with years of on-track success has helped define Venturini Motorsports as one of the longest tenured teams in all of modern day racing. In 2012, the Venturini racing family was recognized for their collective achievements and inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame ( - now finding themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Chip Ganassi, Andy Granatelli, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.

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Don Radebaugh

todd D.

Look out boy's Natalie is going to give you a run for the money this year!!!


Fans from Central Wisconsin could not be more proud of Miss Decker. We are all excited to see this new chapter in her racing career.......Race on Nat!!!!

David B.

I see a 1st and 2ed place finish coming here !!! Who gets 1st and who gets 2ed, hummm :) Wishing you both the best !!!

Mike  D.

Awesome two great female racers i saw Decker in another series, and i didnt notice her as a female at frist i just saw her chargign to the front and doing great when i saw it was a female i was like damn shes great but its her talent that i saw first. Same as MUnter that one race i first saw her i was like wow at first i didnt know either just last name. To me female or male its about talent and these two ladies happen to be women and as i say some of the best drivers ever in a long time. They will do good, just stay clean in the race and y oud both do just fine:) my two best female drivers of any series was Shawna Robinson, and Michelle Theriault. Now there is real great talent coming! Just because of being a woman just because their really good at what they do, and i love their attitude unlike many race drivers, they speak and talk how a racer should and they are really great. HAve a great race ladies :)


Good Luck to the ladies at Daytona. Hope you two have good runs at the track and good finishes to cap it off. Best of luck to the both of you!!!

Jonathan King #29

Good luck to them, they have a really good shot to win.