SS Racing names Munter as driver

Indianapolis, IN (April 4, 2006) -- SS Racing has signed race car driver Leilani Munter for the 2006 racing season. Leilani will run a combination of ASA, USRA Super Late Model Series and NASCAR Elite division along with an extensive testing ...

Indianapolis, IN (April 4, 2006) -- SS Racing has signed race car driver Leilani Munter for the 2006 racing season. Leilani will run a combination of ASA, USRA Super Late Model Series and NASCAR Elite division along with an extensive testing program. Three time ASA Champion and Winston Cup veteran driver Butch Miller will serve as Leilani's mentor and coach.

Munter and SS Racing plan to run approximately 30 races this season including events in the ASA Southern Division, ASA Northern Division, and ASA Challenge Series. Leilani and SS Racing will race in the USRA Super Late Model event on June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway during the race weekend with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Indy Racing League. Her last race of the season will be on November 9 at Phoenix International Raceway in the NASCAR Elite Southeast Series during the NASCAR Nextel Cup weekend which also features the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series.

"Leilani is an exciting addition to SS Racing," said team owner Ken Smith, "Leilani has proven she has talent, now SS Racing will give her the opportunity she needs to further develop those natural abilities. She is going to spend a lot of time behind the wheel of a race car this year and we look forward to watching her develop as a driver."

For the past two seasons, SS Racing has fielded cars for NASCAR Powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports' driver development program. Hendrick development drivers Kyle Krisiloff (Craftsman Trucks) and Chase Austin (USAR Pro Cup) have both driven for SS Racing in addition to Daytona 500 Champion Jimmie Johnson's younger brother Jarit Johnson.

"I am honored to be racing with SS Racing this season," said Munter, "Clearly they are top quality organization. What a wonderful opportunity to get to race with a team that has experience developing young drivers for an organization like Hendrick Motorsports. This will be my first full time season, I'm going to get a lot of seat time and I can hardly wait."

"I am really excited to work with championship racer Butch Miller and short track veteran crew chief Deon Deneau and race such well prepared cars as evidenced in the amount of victories they both have had in ASA," said Leilani, "I am so impressed with not only Deon's knowlege of race cars, but his willingness to teach me. I want to learn as much as I can from Deon and Butch."

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Kyle Krisiloff , Butch Miller , Jarit Johnson , Leilani Munter , Chase Austin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports