IPS: Leilani Munter marks Kentucky for her first race

Leilani Munter, a thirty-one year old photo-double and stunt-car driver in popular movies like "Traffic" and "Scorpion", has signed with Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) to race the last two oval dates on the Indy Pro Series season. Munter...

Leilani Munter, a thirty-one year old photo-double and stunt-car driver in popular movies like "Traffic" and "Scorpion", has signed with Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SSM) to race the last two oval dates on the Indy Pro Series season.

Munter completed her rookie test at Kentucky Speedway in May, and will return to the track on August 11th for her maiden voyage in the five-hundred horsepower Dallara open-wheel machines specified for the developmental league.

She joins championship points leader Alex Lloyd and teammates Ryan Justice and Logan Gomez on arguably the best Indy Pro Series team going, as the SSM juggernaut has collected twenty-one wins and earned two series drivers' championships (Jay Howard, 2006, Thiago Medeiros 2004) in its six-year existence.

"Racing in the Indy Pro Series is a big step in my career," said Munter, who began racing stock cars in 2001. "I am deeply appreciative to Sam Schmidt for giving me the chance to drive for a championship team and to SMART Papers for becoming my primary sponsor in the series."

"We are very pleased to add Leilani to our team for the Kentucky and Chicagoland events in 2007," team owner Schmidt said. "Leilani has honed her skills and gained sufficient confidence to be competitive in the Indy Pro Series immediately. In addition, I believe Alex Lloyd, Ryan Justice and Logan Gomez will be excellent teammates due to their success and experience so far this year."

Her sponsor, SMART Papers, is a southwestern Ohio paper products manufacturer that specializes in technical papers and graphics needs. A mock-up of the proposed black and orange paint job (that compliments the company's color scheme on its website) on the number fifty-seven machine gave viewers a glimpse of a racy-looking powerplant with Munter's dashing orange helmet prominently affixed behind the wheel.

Munter will complete the season at Chicagoland's oval on September 9th, bypassing the two road course events at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway sandwiched between the Kentucky and Chicago races.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Alex Lloyd , Jay Howard , Logan Gomez , Leilani Munter , Thiago Medeiros