Leilani Munter to retire following ARCA race at Daytona

After 18 years, Leilani Munter will call it a career following the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Munter, 44, will drive the familiar No. 55 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports in the Lucas Oil 200 with sponsorship from TryVeg.com and A Well-Fed World.

“It’s been an amazing adventure doing what I love, and I’ve been very fortunate being able to support so many great causes along the way,” Münter said. “My entire career has been based on my ability to raise sponsorship. I’m at the point now where I don’t have anything lined up past Daytona, so this is likely my last race.

“I am truly thankful for every lap I’ve ever taken in a race car. It was a lot of hard work, but it was a lot of fun as well. I have met so many wonderful people along the way, people I will stay friends with long after I hang up my helmet.”

Since 2010 Munter has run 18 ARCA races while promoting veganand animal rights on her car. This marks her seventh Daytona start. Her best finish was a eighth place run last season. 

“It has been an incredible journey and I’m truly thankful for everyone who has supported me along the way. I cannot thank the Venturini family enough for giving me such incredible race cars to drive the last few years,” Münter said. “Although I’ll take a back seat to racing I will continue my off-track efforts championing causes near to my heart. I am currently on the board of three nonprofit organizations and researching a documentary film that I will begin filming after Daytona.”