Just a day before pre-season testing is set to begin at Daytona Speedway Digest has learned that ARCA Racing Series driver Leilani Münter was reportedly detained after protesting on private property owned and operated by Seaworld Parks in Orlando, FL earlier in the week on Sunday afternoon as guests were arriving at the park.
According to social media accounts livestreamed on Facebook after placing roses and a sign near the park entrance during what she described as a peaceful protest and banned from the property.
" I was not doing anything to disturb anyone - I had no loudspeaker, I was not shouting or harassing any of their customers. I simply set the sign and roses down and was taking some photos and video." Said Munter
Officer Rose Silva of the Orange County Sheriff Office confirmed through email to Speedway Digest that Ms. Munter was issued a trespass warning to not return back to the property.
I was shocked that they filed a trespassing complaint with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and banned me from all their properties indefinitely. When they told me that if I ever set foot on any of their property again that I would be arrested, I replied "That's cool, I'm not a huge fan." Munter Continued.
Additionally Seaworld has confirmed this incident took place in an area in which guests arrive.
“We worked with the Orange County Sherriff’s office to issue a trespass warning to Leilani Munter on Sunday, Jan 8, as she was on private property at the guest arrival area. The safety of our ambassadors and guests, and the welfare of our animals is always our top priority.” Said Aimée Jeansonne Becka Vice President of Public Relations in a released statement to Speedway Digest.
Munter a known environmental activist is scheduled to run the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Daytona in what she has described as a “Vegan Powered Racecar” for Venturini Motorsports when the series kicks off on February 18th during the annual Speedweeks at Daytona.
Editor’s Note: Updated with statements from Ms. Munter