Remembering a Role Model
In light of the tragedy that shook both the automotive and motorsports realms, the Athena Racing staff felt it imperative for our budding female team to recognize what makes Jessi Combs such a powerful role model. Better known as the “fastest woman on four wheels,” the title she earned when she broke the women’s land speed record in 2013, Combs mastered anything she put her mind to. It was her passion for the artistry behind all things involving motorsports and drive to master everything encompassing them that made her so lovable and successful. With the skills and mindset we’re aiming to both foster and develop, we are sure more women like Jessi Combs will blossom.
Combs left this world tragically and suddenly — but there’s an important message for young women everywhere: women are strong, capable, and incredibly intelligent. In a world full of naysayers and
Combs appeared on several
Not surprisingly, she also owned and maintained her own shop in Southern California, where she would build or weld anything a customer needed. Whether she was on or off the big screen, Combs was always submerged in automotive work. Though, this caliper of confidence didn’t come without proper education — which is why we stress such a diverse education at Athena Racing.
Her love of all things automotive took her to WyoTech, where she studied Collision & Refinishing. Hungry for more, she also studied Street Rod and Custom Fabrication, as well as
Jessi Combs was, and will always be, a symbol of female empowerment for generations to come. After what she accomplished, her image, her successes, and her talents will forever stand as a reminder to young women that women can do anything — truly anything — as long as they’re willing to apply themselves. Every day, no matter what she was facing, she showed up ready to give her all. With a diversified education and range of skills, there was nothing she couldn’t do. Race in Peace, Jessi Combs.
Photos: Jessi Combs – Facebook.
“Those who are willing, are those who achieve great things.”
Kristen Finley is a woman who eats, breathes, and sleeps cars. Her love of cars blossomed at a very young age, when handing tools to her sailor of a father underneath his cars constituted as quality time. Eager to learn, it was only a matter of time before her father became the one handing her the tools. Even into college at California State University, Monterey Bay, she’s pursuing a career in automotive journalism to allow her the chance to tell enchanting automotive stories.