Jim McNeil, FMX freestyle motocross rider, was killed ahead of the NASCAR AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. His cause of death was from injuries suffered after an accident that took place less than three weeks after Dan Weldon and Rick Huseman were killed.
According to a report from the Huffington Post, the 32-year-old McNeil was gearing up to take part in the Nascar sponsored event when the horrific crash happened.
At some point during practice, there was a crash on the Midway part of the track. Emergency workers responded immediately and airlifted McNeil to a nearby hospital. Sadly, he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Formula One world champion Mario Andretti took to Twitter and gave his condolences to the FMX rider. He had this to say about Jim McNeil:
“Very sad that one of the world’s best FMX riders Jim McNeil could not survive his injuries. My deepest sympathy to all who knew & loved him.”
The freestyle motocross rider was a member of the Boost Mobile FMX team, and was in good standing for the last nine years. The exhibition in Forth Worth, Texas, was part of a tour stop for the 2011 Boost Mobile FreestyleMX.com Worldwide Tour hosted by Monster Energy, according to ESPN.
For many who love the sport of freestyle motocross racing and performing, it is an art form. But to others watching FMX riders defy the laws of physics midair, it is a death-defying feat.
There is no doubt Jim McNeil knew how to freestyle, loved NASCAR, and loved the speedway. As one person said: “Jim was truly the nicest rider I have ever filmed and didn’t have a bad bone in his body. Jim truly put the ‘real’ in McNeil The Real Deal.”