Ian Anderson dominated the weekend in Thunder Roadster and took home the Championship.

Eighteen-year-old Ian Anderson cruised to victory at the NASA Western States Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Anderson was atop all but one session the entire weekend. Even though there were only four cars in the class, the times were all competitive. Ian pulled away from the start and had smooth sailing, but his father Mark Anderson broke down with only three laps to go. The Thunder Roadster field was spread apart for much of the race. Ian pulled away from his father and eventual second-place finisher Douglas Marshall, while all three pulled away from Ralph Bush. Bush was the oldest competitor of the weekend, at 80 years young.

Douglas Marshall posted the second fastest lap times of the race, which earned him a second-place finish.
Douglas Marshall posted the second fastest lap times of the race, which earned him a second-place finish.
At 80 years old, Ralph Bush claimed the last step on the podium in Thunder Roadster.
At 80 years old, Ralph Bush claimed the last step on the podium in Thunder Roadster.

“I am thrilled to death,” Bush exclaimed, “It was hard because on the third lap I got hit in turn four and spun out. I was able to collect it and keep on going. Then I went off the track at Turn 7 a little bit and everything filled up with dust. I had to wipe my face shield just to see the dang track. But I’m thrilled to death.”

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