Anderson Family Dragster

A/Fuel Dragster

Anderson Family Dragster, LLC is a family based A/Fuel drag racing team.

Driver & Builder Bio

Name: Marina Anderson

Hometown: Villa Park, IL

Age: 24

Pets: Wally - 4 year old Shih-Poo (She's a girl) 

Family: Scott- Dad-Clutch guy

Larissa-Sister-Marketing and Hospitality

Doreen- Mom- Photography

Hobbies: Besides racing or working on racecars I enjoy traveling, riding my bike, watching movies, spending time with my family or working on my house.

Favorite Color: Blue 

Favorite Music: Mostly country - Dierks Bentley is one of my favorites

Education: Elmhurst College graduate - Bachelor's of Science in Supply Chain Management & Economics - Feb 2014 Magna Cum Laude 

Idol: People that are honest and don't give up on following their dreams. 

Fastest Pass: 60 ft is .972 s - October 2016

1/4 mile is 7.09s lifted early - October 2016  


The Car

Chassis: The 275 inch wheel base rear engine dragster was built by Marina and Competition Fabrications.  You can check out the pictures from the build in the photos section or on our facebook page.

Class: NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster

Engine: 421 Cubic inch Hemi built by Jerry Darien


The Anderson Family Dragster will compete in the highly competitive NHRA Lucas Oil Series where the Top Alcohol Dragsters are capable of reaching speeds of 270 MPH in about 5.2 seconds on the quarter mile. 


For more information about what's happening in the class please visit Nitro Nate's Top Alcohol News 




2011 - 2012 driver & builder Marina - Sophomore in College

Decided to double major and add economics as 2nd major - Elmhurst College - will still finish in 4 years

2010 - 2011 driver & builder Marina - Freshman in College
2010 June - driver & builder Marina - awarded GAAS scholarship - Breslow Foundation

  Breslow Foundation Scholarships

The Breslow Foundation was formed to honor the memory of Barry Breslow.  The scholarships honor the late Barry Breslow, an active participant in the automotive aftermarket for many years. Breslow, who passed way in December 2005, was one of the original owners of Autospecialty Inc. and a former chairman of the Auto International Association (AIA), now a segment within Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). He also was a member of the AIA Hall of Fame and a past recipient of the AIA Person of the Year.

To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • Qualified applicants must either be a graduating high school senior or have graduated from high school within the past two years. An exception to the two-year requirement will be made for military or religious service.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a 4-year college-level program.
  • Graduate programs and undergraduate part-time programs do not qualify.
  • Priority is given to students who plan a professional career in the automotive aftermarket, in categories such as engineering or business.

The Breslow Foundation awards five (5) $2,000 scholarships each year.

2010 May - Marina attends Hawley drag racing school and obtains NHRA SuPER COMP license
2010 January - Marina graduates high school 1 semester early

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2009 December -  Marina named "Illinois State Scholar"
From the community

District 88 Scholars Earn Statewide Recognition for Academic Achievement

Students ranking in the top ten percent of the states graduating seniors have been named Illinois State Scholars. Rankings are based on a combination of ACT and/or SAT I test score results and class rank at the end of the sixth semester in high school. While the program does not provide a monetary award, the designation as an Illinois State Scholar can be listed on applications for college admission and scholarships.

Willowbrook High School

Marina Anderson

2009 April - Junior Female 4th place - SkillsUSA Illinois State competition (Automotive Service Technology)
2008 April - First Sophomore Female to compete at Skills/USA state competition (Automotive Service Technology - places 32nd)

Villa Park Review

March 5, 2008

Willowbrook automotive students gear up for another season

by Lawerence W. Synett

On Feb. 23, 13 Willowbrook students qualified for the upcoming Skills/USA State Automotive Hands-on Competition after completing the qualification test.

This year's 13 qualifiers include seniors Chris Grazian, Chris Krinner, Hector Chevez, Steven Mussatto, John Price, Kyle Shanahan, Anthony Santore, Matt Schopa and Matt Fiene; juniors Eric Lamberty, Paul Putong and Dan Quiroz; and sophomore Marina Anderson.

Of those 13 qualifiers, Willowbrook had the top four test scores in the state, and the school's first sophomore girl in its automotive history qualify.

Anderson, the school's first female competitor and automotive student, comes from an auto background.

Her father, Scott, is the crew chief for a nitro-fueled dragster called the "Frantic Fueler."

This past fall, her father and his crew brought the car to Willowbrook to spend the day educating the school's automotive students about drag racing and the career opportunities it can offer.

"They went through the pre-run set-up and then fired it up and went through their pre-run warm-up," added Elliott. "It was awesome and an attention-getter for sure; it shook the school's windows."

Elliott commended Anderson's work ethic.

"She has spent many hours after school learning from my seniors about what she needed to know in advanced areas that she wouldn't get to until she is in more advanced automotive classes," said Elliott. "I'm impressed with her willingness to put in extra time and effort to learn." 

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