On May 3, Fox Sports 1 will televise the 2014 Talladega Superspeedway to an estimated 90 million homes in North America. Professional driver and animal advocate Leilani Munter is hoping to not only compete on that stage, but also send a message to the millions watching that keeping cetaceans in captivity is cruel and dangerous.
Like she did with her "Cove"-themed car a couple years ago at Daytona to raise awareness of the dolphin slaughter in Japan, Munter will wrap her vehicle in colors similar to an orca's - with the words "Blackfish" and "Never Capture What You Can't Control" on the front and sides.
According to the Oceanic Preservation Society, the group founded by "The Cove" director Louie Psihoyo, Munter needs to raise $115,000 to enter the race with a top race team.
"Imagine how much awareness that would bring to mainstream America about the fight to end cetacean captivity," the org says in a release. "If we do not raise the funds in time to race at Talladega, Leilani will run the car at another televised race later in the year as soon as the funds are in place. The cost for the remaining 2014 televised races drops to $85,000. However, our priority is to get to Talladega on May 3rd because this race has a very large television viewing audience."
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