JOLIET, Ill. (May 31, 2017) – After being selected as one of 25 finalists in Champion Spark Plugs’ ‘Search for a Champion’ contest, Marina Anderson will begin her 2017 season with the final passes required to earn her NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster license. Anderson and her family-owned A/Fuel dragster anticipate a multi-race schedule with the NHRA and ADRL series. The Illinois team will be working with Premium Motorsports Products (PMP) to accommodate its parts supply needs and to provide supplementary technical support.
Anderson, 24, was one of only two drag racers to be named a finalist in the 2017 Search for a Champion contest, put on by Champion Spark Plugs since 2012. Anderson’s story of fabricating and driving her nitromethane-injected A/Fuel dragster captured the attention of thousands of voters over the multiple voting periods required to reach the “Finalist” status.
“It was definitely rewarding to be named a finalist because there were over a thousand entries,” Anderson said. “It was an honor to know that I was in the top 25 of the thousand on-the-track entries. It’s been a really big honor to be a part of it and to have people, some that I didn’t even know, telling me that they voted for me. It’s been a humbling experience.”
Anderson and her dragster, built at Competition Fabrications, will head to Route 66 Raceway this weekend for the Burndown at Sundown NHRA North Central Region race, June 2-4. Though she isn’t entering the race, Anderson will use the opportunity to make her final licensing runs. Once she has her Top Alcohol Dragster license, the Anderson Family Dragster team plan to attend the ADRL race in Martin (Michigan) and an NHRA regional event in Earlville, IA, while additional race dates are tentatively planned.
“This season is special to us because this will be the first time we get to bring the car to races. We’re really getting somewhere and all of the hard work is paying off. People are believing in what we’re trying to do, and want to support us and want to see us out there. I’m excited to be out there with the support of so many,” added Anderson, who is also involved with tuning the dragster alongside her father, Scott.
Marina Anderson and the Anderson Family Dragster team welcome the connection with Indianapolis-based Premium Motorsports Products (PMP), a high performance drag racing parts, product and service company founded by noted nitro tuner Mike Domagala.
“We’re teaming up with PMP because they believe in what we’re doing,” Anderson said. “We feel like they’ll be a great partner because we’re both working our way up and building our brands. They’ve been in drag racing for a long time, while we’re working our way into it. They’re a reputable racing parts supplier for premium new and used parts.”
For more information on Marina Anderson and the Anderson Family Dragster, please visit www.afdragster.com.
ABOUT ANDERSON FAMILY DRAGSTER
Anderson Family Dragster is an A/Fuel dragster team with plans to compete in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series' Top Alcohol Dragster class. The car is owned and driven by 24-year-old Marina Anderson, who was also heavily involved with the fabrication of the car. Marina and her team receive support from Champion Spark Plugs, Competition Fabrications, Zrodz Customs, and Premium Motorsports Products (PMP).
For more information on Marina and the AFD A/Fuel Dragster, please visit www.afdragster.com. Fans can follow Marina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/afldragster), Twitter (www.twitter.com/MarinaAFD), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/marina_anderson_afd).