Anderson Family Dragster

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Spring 2016

Posted by Doreen Anderson on May 26, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Wow! I can't believe it's almost June and Memorial Day weekend is around the corner.  This year has seriously been flying by already.  I think it's safe to say that I am beyond addicted to this sport and so thankful for the many friends I have made.  After winding down from the holidays I enjoyed my annual trip to Detroit, Michigan where we go to the Autorama car show in February.  Some friends of my dad's brought a car this year and we had a good time.  I couldn't handle the winter months in Chicago without any racing for months so I made plans to go to Gainesville, Florida for the Gatornationals to help my friend Megan Meyer in her national event debut.  It was so much fun, I worked on the bottom end for the weekend.  We went rounds (she lost on a holeshot in the finals) and I learned a ton from both Megan and her dad.  Such a great experience to be there with them and I am grateful I was able to.  I even made a few more friends that weekend and let me tell you I was so sore from Megan's Sunday morning workout.

After Gainesville I wanted it even more.  I just love this sport and I knew I needed to get ready to race in my car.  We finished up a few more things that it needed to be NHRA legal like carbon fiber brakes and additional weight.  Every weekend from the time tracks opened I was checking the weather and track schedules at literally every track within about 6 hours driving distance.  I still am on this schedule honestly.  We need to both test the racecar because it's brand new and I need to complete two full passes and one half pass to upgrade my current super comp license to TAD.  The first experience at the track was in April, we found a major problem when we started the car up, rubber in the fuel lines.  Thankfully we didn't make any passes with it like that or it would have cost us big time.  With a new car and a crew that is all new to this class we are learning so much.  That time we learned that the data will tell you everything you just have to listen.

The month of May was not easy.  Between rain every other weekend and the loss of my grandfather we only made it to the track one weekend.  He was always very supportive of my dream and I'm glad I got to share it with him when he came out to see the build at Comp Fab I could see it in his eyes that he was proud and the people I had never met before knew my story through him.  The test night in May was another great learning experience for the whole team.  I am so thankful to be out there doing what I love and taking steps toward making my dream come true.  We knew it would not happen over night but it is so worth all the work we put in.  I can't thank the people that help me enough.

I am looking forward to being on Teresa's Radio Show on May 31st at about 4pm Central

Besides that we were trying to test at the Joliet regional race but I still don't know if we will be ready.  If we aren't we hope to go to Villa Park Summerfest (local car show in my hometown) on June 17th then we will continue to test and finish my license.  Who knows you could see us in Columbus or Earlville for those regional events!

I'll be staying busy learning even more in the alcohol pits at some national events too!... Look out for Megan she's doing some awesome things!


<3 Marina

PRI 2015

Posted by Doreen Anderson on December 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Every year we attend the PRI show in Indianapolis.  It's always a great time to catch up with people in racing.  I have even met a few people who I now call good friends in previous years.  This year is extra special to us because we are displaying our car in the lobby of the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.  It's right across the street from the convention center.  We hope to see you all there.  I plan on being in the lobby by the car 8-9am and 1-2pm on both Friday and Saturday.


http://topalcoholnews.blogspot.com/2015/12/marina-anderson-to-display-nhra-afuel.html

http://carchix.com/wp/marina-anderson-family-a-fuel-dragster-on-display-at-pri/

http://insidetopalcohol.com/threads/marina-anderson-to-display-nhra-a-fd-at-indy-marriott-downtown.55655/

First Time Down Track

Posted by Doreen Anderson on October 21, 2015 at 8:55 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDSanYSa368


Please click the link to see the Anderson Family Dragster's first time on the track!  It was a really exciting day to get to see the car on the track and for me to get to drive it.  I feel so lucky to have all the people around me help over the past five years to get us here.  It was really a surreal day.  I can't wait to go even further and faster the next time at the track.


Thanks for your support!


Marina

Summer 15

Posted by Doreen Anderson on August 28, 2015 at 1:00 AM
The 2015 season has been one of preparation and learning. Taking in as much information as we can to make sure we send the car down the track safely and gathering all the necessary tools to set up our team for racing. We are so lucky to have so many different people willing to help in any way to get us going. A couple of years ago I made the decision that I wanted to license in my car. I knew we weren't going to go racing if we didn't build our own car and I also knew I didn't want to license in anything but the car I built with my own hands. Making this decision may slow down the process with a new car, new team and new driver but I wouldn't have it any other way. I am so proud of how far the team has made it by putting in time on weeknights after full work days and on the weekends. With determination like that I know we can go these last few feet to get onto the race track. We have been learning a lot about the car in just starting it up these past few months but it's time for us to continue making progress at the track. I'm really looking forward to the first time I hit the throttle but we will continue going one step at a time by starting with shorter passes. Every person on the team has a lot of pride in the car because they know what it started as. Building a race team is a long process and at 13 years old when this big dream started I didn't know if, how or when I would get to this point, but I'm so thankful I have. My dream is finally coming true. Keep working, yours can too. :) Marina

CH3NO2

Posted by Doreen Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 11:20 PM
This past week has been one that many of us were waiting for! After many years of fabricating the racecar we now have a nitro burning A-fuel dragster. Last Thursday we had the first official start up where we learned some good things and only started on alcohol. Just two days after that with the guidance of many great teachers we were able to hook up all of the electronics and even put nitro into it. Everything worked really well and it was great to see all of our new toys in action. It's crazy to think I was watching EGTs on my dash it's all in one little screen it told me so much. We have a couple small things to work on in the next couple weeks and we are so excited to keep moving forward. The feeling of when the car switched over to nitro was like nothing I could explain. In the video you can see the excitement on my face. Can't wait to start up in front of the crowd at The Annual Lane Automotive Car Show. On a side note I want people to know something that is very important to me is trying to make a difference. As I become more successful I hope to inspire children to follow their dreams as well as help other children around the world just to be able to live a full life. My parents, Kenny and I volunteered at feed my starving children for one night. We packed many meals that will feed babies all over the world. It was a very small amount of time but I hope to be able to contribute to more organizations throughout my lifetime. It's important to give back. Thanks for all your love and support. Marina :)

Spring Fever

Posted by Doreen Anderson on April 6, 2015 at 5:25 PM

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for continuing to share what I am trying to achieve with following my dreams.  Our followers on social media continue to grow.  We are excited with the arrival of spring to continue to make progress.  The racecar is on its way to the shop for custom wheelie bars.  Thanks to Aurora Bearing and Lane Automotive parts I will be able to stay safely on the ground in the dragster.  We have tested for spark and have bought fuel.  We are ready to start up when the car gets back and I could not be more excited!  The first of many moments we have been waiting for.  After that we plan on testing and upgrading my license.  We are going to take it slow and make sure we follow the right steps so please continue to spread the word about us.  We can't wait to be out there racing!  Thank you everyone for your continued support.  I couldn't have made it this far without all of you, my friends and family, and my sponsors Competition Fabrications, Zrodz and Customs, and Midnight Moon Alpaca Ranch.

:) Marina

Happy Holidays!

Posted by Doreen Anderson on December 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Hello,

Now that you are all full from Thanksgiving and super bored that it's the off season it's time to get stuffed with Christmas cookies.  We went to PRI last week and learned a lot.  My dad and I walked around meeting many new friends.  Feel free to send me an email to say hello any time.  I know a few people have and it always makes me feel good to know people are interested in our progress.  We are always looking for more marketing partners which I am going to work on all winter along with building the wheelie bar and starting up the racecar for the first time.  Every day we take steps toward the dream.  Sometimes they are long strides and other times it's baby steps.  Either way all this hard work will pay off in the end.  

I hope everyone has safe travels and good times in this holiday season.

<3 Marina

New Shop!

Posted by Doreen Anderson on November 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Hello Everyone,

We hope you all had a great summer.  We spent it working on purchasing and setting up a new race car shop.  As well as racing with the Frantic Fueler of course.  We are very excited about the new shop because it is a great opportunity to continue to grow our team and make my drag racing dream come true.  Take a look at the new pictures in the photos tab.


Thanks for visiting our page.

Have a safe and very happy holidays!

Marina

Detroit Autorama wrap-up

Posted by Doreen Anderson on March 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Nitro Nate's summary of Anderson Family Dragster's debut at Autorama

http://topalcoholnews.blogspot.com/2014/03/marina-anderson-debuts-afuel-dragster.html


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