Professional racer Jessi Combs died in Oregon on Tuesday, August 27 after attempting to break her own land speed record. She was known to TV viewers for joining Mythbusters' Build Team in 2009, and also from many TV appearances on Xtreme 4x4, Overhaulin', and more. In addition to racing, she was a metal fabricator, builder, engineer, science educator, and "the fastest woman on four wheels." She was 39.
Jessi Combs’ team member, Terry Madden, confirmed her death, including a tribute video:
As Terry Madden noted in his Instagram post, he was the first one to find her after the crash:
He said he's not OK, and told fans if they saw anything about what happened to not believe it until the family shares a release later today on Wednesday, August 28.
According to Road and Track, Jessi Combs held the title of "fastest woman on four wheels" after setting a record of 398 mph in in 2013, racing her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger. In 2018, she took the same car to 483.227 mph, although that run ended with mechanical troubles and didn't qualify for a new title.
The crash happened Tuesday afternoon Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon. According to local KTVZ news, the sheriff’s office and Bureau of Land Management are investigating the incident. Stay tuned for more updates as they come in.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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