Monday, 7 November 2011

Jim McNeil Dead: FMX Rider Dies After Accident During Practice At Texas Motor Speedway

Tragedy struck the world of motor sports again on Sunday as freestyle motocross rider Jim McNeil died from injuries suffered during a crash before the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

The 32-year-old FMX rider was set to participate in an exhibition before the NASCAR event at Texas Motor Speedway. After the crash on The Midway area of the site, McNeil was taken to a nearby hospital and soon pronounced dead.

A member of the Boost Mobile FMX team, McNieil was highly regarded in the racing community for his skills and his eagerness to compete. His bio at GrindTV.com describes him as "one of the hardest FMX pros out there."

McNeil's death is the fourth to rock motor sports in recent weeks. IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon died in a massive wreck on Oct. 16, off-road racing champion Rick Huseman was killed in a plane crash that same day, and Italian rider Marco Simoncelli was killed during a MotoGP race in Malaysia on Oct. 23.

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