Aust driver Mingay critical after US crash

Australian racing truck driver, professional daredevil and stuntman Matt Mingay was in critical condition in a US hospital after a crash in a Stadium Super Trucks race at Belle Isle in Michigan.

The SST competition on Saturday was one of the support races at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which features IndyCar races this weekend.

The SST tour, which involves the large high performance vehicles racing at over 100km/h on tracks with aluminum jumps, is scheduled to continue in Mingay’s home town of Townsville next month.

Detroit Receiving Hospital spokeswoman Arielle Endelman said Mingay was at the hospital and in critical condition.

A spokesman for the Grand Prix didn’t provide an update on Mingay’s condition, but confirmed he was admitted to that hospital.

The remainder of Saturday’s SST race was canceled after Mingay’s accident.

Mingay, 40, was well aware of the dangers of the sport and his chosen professions, which included being Tom Cruise’s stunt man in Mission: Impossible 2.

He recently told the Townsville Bulletin he has broken 34 bones throughout his career and joked that insurance companies will not insure him.

He has lived his life on the edge for as long as he can remember.

“I was a bit of a lunatic on a BMX, I was always a bit of a daredevil, Evel Knievel was my hero,” he told the newspaper.

“… Even after I had major accidents, and my parents would be like, ‘That’s it! You’re never riding a motorcycle again!’ It didn’t happen.”

One of his most impressive feats was breaking the world record by performing the fastest wheelstand on a motorcycle over a kilometre, reaching 225km/h, and the fastest nose wheelie at 212km/h.

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