Will someone give Leilani Munter a ride? And no, I don’t mean in that way, you perverts. I mean, as in a shot at big-time racing? We first noticed her several years ago, as a stunning former photo double for Catherine Zeta-Jones turned fledgling race car driver. And she was able to gain some fame with a reality dating show on Speed.
(It’s not easy being green … and red-hot)
But that hasn’t turned into success on the track. As the blog THAT’S RACIN’ notes, she’s being forced to shuttle between ARCA stock car and Indy Light races this season as she keeps hoping to get her shot at the big time - one she hopes will turn her into the next Danica Patrick. But it’s not just about her; she wants her fame and on-track success to promote environmental activism. As anyone who has seen the gas-guzzling RVs at auto races knows, that’s hardly a concern for most fans.
Basically, she’s the hot hippie chick at your school, who traded in her hacky sack and Grateful Dead t-shirt for make-up and a fire-retardant race suit. In fact, her sister married Dead co-founder Bob Weir, and Leilani studied to be a marine biologist in college. Somehow, I don’t think that Cale Yarbrough had the same route to racing success.
But a chance meeting with a NASCAR owner while taking a race driving course on a whim has led Leilani to a career in racing. She’s been scuffling in the sport’s minor leagues since 2001 - primarily racing late model stock cars along with the occasional ARCA or Indy Light performance, all the while looking for one chance at the big time.
NASCAR owners, I ask you this: What better way to inject some interest and sizzle into a sport that is (at best) stagnant than hiring Munter to drive for you?
Seriously, could she really do any worse than David Gilliland or Paul Menard? If you’re going to hire someone to finish 41st every week, shouldn’t it be her?