In 2012, Thompson was selected to drive the North American Eagle Project jet car for an attempt to break the long-standing land speed record for a woman, set by Kitty O'Neil in December 1976, at 512.71 mph (825.13 km/h). The Project's vehicle did not break O'Neil's record until sometime after Thompson's time with the team, when driver Jessi Combs was killed during deceleration, after an August 2019 run where she set the speed record for a woman, at 522.783 mph (841.338 km/h).
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