CORNELIUS NC (3-12-10) - Leilani Munter, driver of the no. 59 Mark Gibson Racing Dodge, has been on the march in the month of March.
The Rochester, Minnesota native went from a speaking engagement at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay to the ‘Green Carpet' of the Global Green Pre-Oscar Party in Los Angeles, California.
She started this particular busy week at the University of Wisconsin, giving a speech to students interested in environmental sciences. She spoke about her journey from biology graduate to race car driver to environmental trailblazer and her experience becoming the first Ambassador to the National Wildlife Federation and speaking to Congress on Capitol Hill.
Munter then flew from Green Bay to Los Angeles to attend the Global Green Pre-Oscar Party, Hollywood's premiere "green" event of the Academy Awards. She walked the green carpet alongside Serena Williams, Academy Award winning director James Cameron, Jessica Alba, Academy Award winning documentary The Cove's Ric O' Barry and many more.
Inside the party Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte entertained the crowd while environmental leader and actor Leonardo DiCaprio relaxed with friends. Munter was up early the next morning for a photo shoot for the July cover of Experience Life Magazine (experiencelifemag.com) - a health and lifestyle magazine. She spent her last day in California in meetings with marketing executives discussing her 2010 ARCA Racing Series race program with Mark Gibson Racing.
Munter is now back home in Cornelius, North Carolina working on LED lighting projects with her primary sponsor GREENandSAVE. She is happy about the ability to work with her sponsor to help companies go green and save money each month with the simple act of changing to energy efficient lighting.
Munter plans to make her return in the #59 Mark Gibson Racing Dodge at Texas Motor Speedway on April 16, pending sponsorship.
"Things are very promising for myself and Mark Gibson Racing for 2010," Munter said. "But I never consider it done until I'm at the racetrack."
For obvious reasons, Munter is excited at the thought of returning to Texas Motor Speedway, as she holds the record for the highest finish for a female stock car driver in the history of Texas Motor Speedway. In 2006, she ran as high as third before finishing fourth in the First Convenience Bank 100.