Rookie Top Alcohol Dragster driver Marina Anderson, of Lombard, IL., made her NHRA debut at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, and in qualifying became the 38th female to do in the history of the series. 

Anderson qualified 14th on the strength of a 5.549 elapsed time at 229.74 miles per hour. She earned her license during the  Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series North Central Regional race at Route 66 Raceway in June of 2017.

Anderson’s journey began seven years ago.

"This race has been many years in the making," said Anderson. " Besides making a good showing at the track, I want to inspire others who feel like doing something they are passionate about is only a dream, because that's how I felt as a kid."

No one in this sport can go it alone. Anderson is no exception.

"I am so thankful for the many supporters and friends that have helped us to be able to get to our first race."

Anderson earned her TAD licenseduring the NHRA LODRS in Joliet back in June. 

Those supporters include her parents, Scott and Doreen Anderson, Competition Fabrications, Zach Ingram of Zrodz & Customs, Champion Auto Parts, Premium Motorsports Products and Midnight Moon Alpaca Ranch. On track support for the  Anderson Family Dragster team consists of members of the Frantic Fueler Nostalgia Top Fuel Dragster.

Anderson’s race day ended early when she dropped a first round match against Gord Gingles. 

"We'll be racing at the LODRS Central Regional at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa on September 8-10. Then we'll enter the North Central Regional at Gateway Motorsports Park,  October  20-22."

She plans to run again in 2018. 

"In 2018 we plan to run a similar local schedule with a mix of Divisional and National events within the Midwest.  Can't wait to see what 2018 brings."