OCTOBER 7 – 16, 2021
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#177 – Jeep Thrills

Chris and Emily are a mother-daughter team who have competed in the Rally since 2018 and are back for their fourth Rally in 2021! Chris is a semi-retired aerospace engineering executive who co-formed a company from scratch 17 years ago that designs and builds composite structures for the aerospace industry. She assisted in completing the fairing that protects the crew module for the Orion spacecraft, which will take humans to Mars. As announced by NASA, it will eventually take Americans, including the first woman, to the Moon by 2024. They recently sold the business and Chris is now starting another engineering firm, yet this time it is all woman-owned! When she isn’t plotting checkpoints, she enjoys backpacking, pickleball, book clubs and adventuring. Emily is a molecular biologist at a company working towards antibody therapeutics for immunocompromised patients. Her work revolves around cancer therapies, including a rapid-response COVID therapeutic intended to help patients who struggle to make their own antibodies against the virus. She enjoys international travel, surfing, boats, backpacking, good coffee, petting all dogs, and Maui. This year, Chris and Emily retired Emily’s 2018 Jeep Wrangler Willys that was driven in the last three Rallys. In 2021, they will be representing the Bone Stock and Electrified designations with their 2021 4xe Hybrid Rubicon Jeep, with Rebelle blue accents.
Sponsored By:

Chris Benzie

Navigator
Occupation:

Engineer/Business Owner

Residence:

San Diego, CA

Favorite Quote:

“The road to failure is paved with the best intentions. The road to fulfillment is unpaved.”

Fun Fact:

Chris wired and installed the team’s TerraTrip rally computer herself.

Prior Years Competed:

2018, 2019, 2020

Awards Achieved:

2020: Bone Stock, 3rd Place, Day 7 Stage Winner

Emily Benzie

Driver
Occupation:

Molecular Biologist

Residence:

Oakland, CA

Favorite Quote:

“Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.”

Fun Fact:

Emily was born on Easter morning in 1996. Her birthday won't fall on Easter again until 2075, her 79th birthday.

Prior Years Competed:

2018, 2019, 2020

Awards Achieved:

2020: Bone Stock, 3rd Place, Day 7 Stage Winner

Vehicle

The "Third Teammate"

Make, Model, Year:

2021 Jeep Rubicon 4xe