How did that segue into your "Blackfish" car?
It was natural to want to do the same thing with "Blackfish." They have a similar message, although they are very different films.
Why is the issue of orca captivity important to you?
Animal rights in general are important to me. I have been vegetarian almost my entire life and vegan for almost three years. I believe that all animals, every creature we share the planet with, should be treated with respect. I have never understood how people can see some animals as pets and others as food.
When will you first debut the car?
I tested at Talladega Superspeedway last Wednesday. I have nicknamed the car "Tilly." We were fast. We were second quick in single car runs, only 1/1000 of a second from being the top of the board. Overall, which included drafting, we ended up 4th quick with a speed of 183.367 mph. I will qualify on May 2nd and the race airs live on Fox Sports 1 at 11am ET on May 3rd.
Will it appear in other races?
Right now we only have funding to run the car for the one race at Talladega, so I plan to make the most of it and put the "Blackfish" car in victory lane for Tilikum, Morgan, Lolita and all the orcas that are suffering in captivity. It would get a lot of attention for the movement as a woman has never won an ARCA race or in any of the upper levels of NASCAR stock car racing. I know the cetacean activist movement is riding with me and Tilly and I am so honored to be able to carry this message for all of us.