“It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire. Those who are willing are those who achieve great things.” — Jessi Combs, Professional Race Car Driver and TV Personality
Known as the “fastest woman on four wheels”, professional race car driver Jessi Combs tragically passed away this week while attempting to break her own land speed record on a dry lake bed in Oregon. In 2013, Combs drove the jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger and reached 398 miles per hour, claiming the women's four-wheel land speed record — but that wasn’t fast enough for Combs. Aiming for 619 miles per hour, Combs was making her second official attempt to beat her record this weekend when a high-speed crash unfortunately claimed the life of the 36-year-old racer. Beyond her work behind the wheel, Combs was a television personality known for hosting the reality series “Xtreme 4x4” and for her guest appearances on popular shows like “Mythbusters”. Combs was a true daredevil and phenom in the racing community, blazing the trail for other female drivers with the need for speed.