It’s not often you hear about green race car drivers, but Leilani Munter is an eco-activist and vegetarian. She has also been to Taiji three times to document the slaughter of dolphins at the cove, and this month she’ll be representing the dolphins in a very special car.
Recently, Munter helped Ric O’Barry and John Leguizamo light the Empire State Building in bright red for the dolphins of Taiji. From New York, to Daytona now, Munter’s campaign to raise funds for a ‘The Cove’-themed race car has been a success.
In a statement on her website, Munter announced the victory. She writes, “Thanks to all of you, next week – a dream comes true. ‘The Cove’ race car I will drive on my birthday is funded purely from your donations. What a tribute to Ric O’Barry and Louie Psihoyos to show the impact that this film has had on viewers. No doubt, this is the coolest race car I will ever drive. I am floored by the support for this race car coming in from all over the world.”
The birthday girl will be joined by O’Barry and Psihoyos who will be giving out 1000 DVDs of ‘The Cove.’ Munter wants all to know that the car is shared with all of their supporters. “This is not just my race car, this is a race car that belongs to everyone who helped make it happen: all the people who have sent in donations from all over the world, all the dolphin lovers who helped spread the word – I truly feel that this is OUR race car and that is a huge responsibility I have to you all. I know I will have the souls of the dolphins in Taiji and the hearts of all the ocean lovers pushing my race car towards that checkered flag!” she writes.
She adds, “I am so incredibly honored to drive “The Cove” car at Daytona, carrying an important message about our friends in the sea to a fresh new audience – what more could a girl ask for on her birthday. I’ll never be able to top this. This one is for the dolphins, baby! See you in Daytona!”
We’ll be rooting for you (and the dolphins), Leilani!