Truck driver Mingay serious, stable after crash in Belle Isle race

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Matt Mingay

Detroit – Driver Matt Mingay is in serious but stable condition following an accident in the SPEED Energy Stadium Truck series race Saturday on Belle Isle.

On the opening lap of Truck Race No. 2, Mingay’s truck flipped over with the roof shearing off. It looked as if he was not moving in the vehicle after the accident. Officials got him out of the truck after a lengthy period and put him on a stretcher. He was transported by ambulance to Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was initially listed in critical condition but was later upgraded to serious.

Mingay suffered facial injuries, according to his family.

The race was called off.

Mingay is rated as Australia’s No. 1 stunt rider, performing stunts on Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Mingay, 39, finished ninth in the 12-truck field in Race No. 1 Friday, won by Matt Brabham to open up the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix IndyCar weekend.

Robby Gordon, who brought the SPEED Energy Stadium Truck series to Belle Isle three years ago, was competing in the Baja 500 Saturday, expecting to be on Belle Isle Sunday.

Mingay said on his Facebook page earlier in the day, "Didn't have the best race yesterday in SST. Tried the smooth flowing approach rather than my usual aggressive style of driving. Clearly didn't work for me coming in at 9th place of 12 drivers.  Don't have a scratch on my truck though. Think it's time to go back to old Matt haha."