Tony Marks Racing announced that they have partnered with Leilani Munter for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on February  18th. The race marks the first race of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

Munter will be using the race at Daytona to bring public awareness of the inhumane captivity and slaughter of dolphins around the world. Her car will mark the first-ever ocean awareness themed car and has been funded by individuals and organizations who wanted to help spread awareness.

The paint scheme will feature the documentary “The Cove”, which shows the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins in a small cove in Taiji, Japan.

“I am excited Leilani is with the team for Daytona and hopefully we can take this further into the future,” team owner Tony Marks says. “She is a very driven person and passionate about what she believes in; what she is doing is an honorable thing- she takes risks to expose the brutal slayings of the dolphins and that is something that a lot of us would not even think about doing.”

Munter has made three tips to Japan to document the slaughter first hand and to keep the issue in the public’s mind.

“Racing a “The Cove” themed race car at Daytona is an incredible opportunity to reach a new audience about this important issue and since the race is broadcast live on SPEED, it will be seen in the United States and overseas,” the biology graduate comments.

The star of the film, Ric O’ Barry, and the director, Louie Psyhoyos, will join Munter at Daytona to give away and autograph 1000 DVDs of the movie in the ARCA garage on Saturday at 12:30pm.

Two key partners for this effort to take place are Pair Networks (http://www.pair.com) and the Shaw Family Fund.

Be sure to follow Leilani in her No. 12 “The Cove”/Dolphin Awareness Dodge Charger in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway LIVE on SPEED Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

For more information on “The Cove” go to thecovemovie.comopsociety.org and dolphinproject.org

To learn more about Leilani and her endeavors visit leilanimunter.com

To learn more about Tony Marks Racing visit tmr-racing.com