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'Blackfish' Car

RACE ON AT TALLADEGA

Thanks to 'Simpsons' Creator

4/1/2014 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former NASCAR driver Leilani Munter WILL be taking her "Blackfish" car to Talladega, TMZ has learned -- all thanks to an incredibly generous donation from "Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon.

As we reported, Leilani had desperately been trying to raise money to pay for the $115,000 fee to enter the car for a big race at an ARCA event at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3rd. As of our last story, she had raised only $7,500.

But that all changed last week -- Leilani appeared on Simon's radio show to talk about her car and orca-related activism ... and Simon was so moved, Leilani tells us, he donated the balance of her entrance fee immediately after the show ... $107,500.

We're told Simon visited Taiji in February (the place where "The Cove" was shot) and has become an outspoken advocate for the humane treatment of orcas. Leilani tells us, she plans to win the race on behalf of orcas around the world suffering in captivity.

Sam -- who has terminal colon cancer -- has vowed to give away his fortune before he dies ... specifically toward animal rights and feeding the hungry.

As if giving the world "The Simpsons" wasn't enough.

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26 COMMENTS

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1.

Stiletto    

In the same situation...I'd say "screw charities...bring me on the best of the best in teenage hookers until my last dying breath!"

114 days ago
2.

K South West    

The proper term would be ... 'African-American' fish

114 days ago
3.

static    

A waste of money nobody watches ARCA races.

114 days ago
4.

Chakrocks    

Bless them both. I hope she wins

114 days ago
5.

Farrakhan Ashy Larry    

Hillbillies driving around in circles. Yeah, that's some athletic competition transpiring there.

114 days ago
6.

Eric    

Good for him for giving his fortune away to good causes. I bet his family is saying "D'oh!"

114 days ago
7.

ariesalyson    

This is wonderful news! I love the Simpsons!!! What a heartwarming story. This man is awesome to do that for her. I am a fan of both causes. I think it is a shame abour his cancer. I am pulling for him too. Live the rest of your life happily Sam!!

114 days ago
8.

Rigby    

For a stupid car race? 🙀

114 days ago
9.

BobbyC    

He wants to hit that dolphin style.

114 days ago
10.

grumpiestoldman    

It can't cost more than about 30 thou to field an ARCA car. And who exactly will see it? The 20 people in the stands?

Orca, ARCA Orca ARCA

114 days ago
11.

mom in midwest    

Sam Simon is awesome, thank you Sam. I hope you defy the odds and live a long life.

114 days ago
12.

Michael    

What about an Arca race is $115k? I sponsored a car, the points leader that year, a top 5 guy in the series one season and a race was only $30k for the primary sponsor. These cars seldom have a full sponsor for the year and a car can be covered for a lot less than $115k. Coverage will be weak and we had our logo and website on TV, also handed out 30,000 flyers at the track. Car finished 6th at the race, web traffic it generated was not noticeable.
They can do a lot more with $115k than waste it on the ARCA car.

114 days ago
13.

Hammer    

I don't watch the simpsons but that's pretty cool of him to donate to help raise awareness for a noble cause.

114 days ago
14.

Diamond Goddess!    

IMO, Sam's money would be better spent teaching people how to work.
(Jus' sayin').

114 days ago
15.

gerald    

Sam a true hero. The world needs more people like him.

114 days ago
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