US racing driver awarded female speed record after dying from the crash in 2019

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US racing driver awarded female speed record after dying from the crash in 2019

An American racing driver has been given the fastest land-speed record by a female, a feat she died trying to achieve.

Jessi Combs died in a crash after attempting to break the land-speed record in the Alvord Desert, Oregon, on 27 August 2019.

Her jet-powered car clocked a record speed of 522.783 mph (841.338 km/ph).

Guinness World Records has confirmed Ms Combs, 39, was the first person to break the record in more than 40 years.

The former record was set by American stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil, whose jet-powered, three-wheeled vehicle hit 512.7 mph in 1976 in the Alvord Desert.

Mr Madden wrote that “no record could ever be worth her not being here”.

“But it was a goal that she really wanted – and as hard as it is for me to even look at the car without crying. I’m so proud of her,” he added. “She woke up that morning to an alarm saying ‘lets make history’ and we had an absolutely amazing day.”

He and Ms Combs had a “heart to heart” about the run, which was supposed to be her last attempt at the record, Mr Madden wrote.

“That was to be the last time she ever got in that car,” Mr Madden wrote. “It has tore me apart that all I had to do was say let’s go and we would have left before that run.”

Ms Combs’s car crashed due to “a mechanical failure of the front wheel”, which was “most likely caused from striking an object on the desert”, a police investigation found.


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