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Ken Block

Ken Block

American rally driver
Ken Block
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American rally driver
Is Businessperson Stunt performer Skateboarder Rally driver
From United States of America
Type Business Film, TV, Stage & Radio Sports
Gender male
Birth 21 November 1967, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Age 53 years
Star sign Scorpio
Peoplepill ID ken-block
The details

Biography

Kenneth Block (born November 21, 1967) is a professional rally driver with the Hoonigan Racing Division, formerly known as the Monster World Rally Team. Block is also one of the co-founders of DC Shoes. Over the years, he has also competed in many action sports events including skateboarding, snowboarding, and motocross. Since selling his ownership of DC Shoes, Block has shifted his business focus to Hoonigan Industries, an apparel brand for auto enthusiasts. He is currently the co-owner and "Head Hoonigan In Charge" (HHIC) at the company.

Rallying

2005

In 2005, Block began his National rallying career with the Vermont SportsCar team. Vermont SportsCar prepared a 2005 Subaru WRX STi for Block to compete. His first event of the rallying season was Sno*Drift, where he ended up finishing seventh overall and fifth in the Group N class. During the 2005 season, Block had five top five finishes and placed third overall in the Group A class and fourth overall in the Rally America National Championship. At the end of his first rallying year, Ken Block had won the Rally America Rookie of the Year award.

2006

In 2006, Block along with his DC rally teammate Travis Pastrana signed a new sponsorship deal with Subaru. Through this deal with Subaru, the teammates became known as "Subaru Rally Team USA." With the new rally season, Block also got a brand new Vermont SportsCar prepped 2006 Subaru WRX STi. He competed in the first ever X Games rally event at X Games XII. In the competition, Block ended up finishing third to take the bronze. He went on to compete in the 2006 Rally America National Championship, where he finished second overall.

2007

In 2007, Block competed in the X Games XIII rally event, where he placed second overall and won a silver medal. In the 2007 Rally America National Championship, Block finished third overall. During this season, Block also entered in a few rounds of the World Rally Championship; Rally Mexico and Rally New Zealand. In Rally New Zealand, Block recorded two top-five stage times in the Group N class. At the end of 2007, Block had achieved 19 podiums and 8 overall victories in rally events.

2008

In 2008, Block was provided with a brand new rally prepped 2008 Subaru WRX STi to compete. Block decided to compete in the Rallye Baie-des Chaleurs of the Canadian Rally Championship to gain some experience with his new 2008 rally car and prepare for the World Rally Championships later in the year. Block gained his first Canadian rally win at the event. This was only the second event for the new car. Block and his co-driver were unable to get any championship points at the event due to not having a Canadian competition license. Block competed in the Rally New York USA competition and finished in first place. In the X Games XIV rally competition, Block finished tied for third place with Dave Mirra. This occurrence was due to both competitors having issues with their car. Block, who made it to the semi-finals of the event, had a radiator problem after landing the car awkwardly on a jump. With both bronze place competitors in damaged cars unable to compete, the medals were awarded to both of them.

Block competed in the 2008 Rally America National championship, which concluded on October 17, 2008. In the event, he finished second overall with a strong victory in the last event. In the Lake Superior Performance Rally stage, Block finished over one minute ahead of his next closest competitor and secured the second overall position. Next up for Block this rally season is three World Rally Championship events.

2009

Block appeared in a segment of motoring show Top Gear. Block filmed the hit YouTube video "Gymkhana 2", making the most viral video of 2009, as well as selling more DC shoes with this "informercial".

2010

Block testing Ford Fiesta for the 2010 Rally America season

For 2010, Block ended his partnership with Subaru and joined Ford. Also, sponsors BFGoodrich and Motul were replaced by Pirelli and Castrol.

On January 6 2010, Block drove selected rounds of the World Rally Championship for Monster World Rally Team, in which he campaigned a Ford Focus RS WRC 08 run by M-Sport, who also prepare the official Ford WRC cars. Also, he ran his sixth season of the Rally America Championship in an open class Ford Fiesta, as well as his fifth X Games. Block was the first ever American driver to campaign for the World Rally Championship. On February 27, Block won the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (Rally America) for the 5th consecutive time. This broke the record held by John Buffum. Block is currently being trained by former Ford factory driver Markko Märtin. At the Rally Spain, he won his first 2 points in World Rally Championship.

2011

On March 23, Block and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino were taken to hospital, having rolled their Ford Fiesta RS WRC during the shakedown stage of the 2011 Rally de Portugal in Faro, Portugal. A representative of the Monster World Rally team later stated that both men were fine.

2013

On his first race of 2013 season, Block scored well, entering top-ten in the Mexican rally, thus receiving his first six points for the championship and score a best-ever 7th overall finish.

2014

Castrol returned as Block's sponsor. He participated in the WRC located in Catalunya, Spain. He was in 10th place until the last stage where he suffered a tire puncture and lost a significant amount of time. He finished in 12th.

2015

Block continued to compete in the Global RallyCross Championship. He also put more time into managing the Hoonigan company. He announced that he would not put any time into the World Rally Championship, a first since 2009.

2016

On March 13, Block together with actor and television host Matt LeBlanc, performed donuts at the Cenotaph War Memorial in London in a Ford Mustang, while filming a segment for the show Top Gear, which drew significant negative media attention in the United Kingdom.

Block will be competing full-time in the World Rallycross Championship for the 2016 season.

At Hockenheimring, Germany, Block finished third in the Supercar Final and achieved his second podium in the series.

Racing record

Complete Rally America results

(key)

Year Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi SNO
ORE
SUS
PIK
MAI
OJI
COL
LSP
4th 65
2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi SNO
ACR
ORE
SUS
MAI
OJI
COL
LSP
WIL
2nd 90
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi SNO
ACR
ORE
OLY
SUS
NEW
OJI
COL
LSP
3rd 109
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi SNO
ACR
OLY
ORE
SUS
NEW
OJI
COL
LSP
2nd 86
2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi SNO
ACR
OLY
ORE
SUS
NEW
OJI
COL
LSP
4th 80
2010 Ford Fiesta SNO
ACR
OLY
ORE
SUS
NEW
13th 27
2012 Ford Fiesta ST SNO
ACR
ORE
SUS
NEW
OLY
4th 44
2013 Ford Fiesta ST SNO
ACR
ORE
SUS
NEW
OJI
LSP
2nd 93
2014 Ford Fiesta ST SNO
ACR
ORE
SUS
MTW
NEW
OJI
LSP
12th 22

Complete WRC results

(key)

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2007 Ken Block Subaru Impreza WRX STI MON
SWE
NOR
MEX
POR
ARG
ITA
GRE
FIN
GER
NC 0
Rally Fans NZL
ESP
FRA
JPN
IRE
GBR
2008 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru Impreza WRX STI MON
SWE
MEX
ARG
JOR
ITA
GRE
TUR
FIN
GER
NZL
ESP
FRA
JPN
GBR
NC 0
2010 Monster World Rally Team Ford Focus RS WRC 08 SWE MEX
JOR TUR
NZL POR
BUL FIN GER
JPN FRA
ESP
GBR
19th 2
2011 Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC SWE
MEX
POR
JOR ITA ARG
GRE FIN GER
AUS
FRA
ESP
GBR
22nd 6
2012 Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE MEX
POR ARG GRE NZL
FIN
GER GBR FRA ITA ESP 28th 4
2013 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE MEX
POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR 20th 6
2014 M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC MON SWE MEX POR ARG ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP
GBR NC 0
2018 Hoonigan Racing Ford Fiesta WRC MON SWE MEX FRA ARG POR ITA FIN GER TUR GBR ESP
AUS NC 0

PWRC results

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 PWRC Points
2008 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru Impreza WRX STI SWE ARG GRE TUR FIN NZL
JPN GBR NC 0

Complete Global Rallycross Championship results

(key)

Supercar

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 GRC Points
2011 Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta IRW1 IRW2 SEA1 SEA2 PIK1 PIK2 LA1
LA2
23rd 10
2012 Monster World Rally Team Ford Racing Ford Fiesta CHA
TEX
LA
LOU
LV
LVC
5th 58
2013 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST BRA
MUN1
MUN2
LOU
BRI
IRW
ATL
CHA
LV
3rd 115
2014 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST BAR
AUS
DC
NY
CHA
DAY
LA1
LA2
SEA
LV
2nd 376
2015 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST FTA
DAY1
DAY2
MCAS
DET1
DET2
DC
LA1
LA2
BAR1
BAR1
LV
7th 345

Complete FIA European Rallycross Championship results

(key)

Supercar

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 ERX Points
2014 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST GBR NOR
BEL GER ITA 15th 16

Complete FIA World Rallycross Championship results

(key)

Supercar

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WRX Points
2014 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST POR GBR NOR
FIN SWE BEL CAN FRA
GER ITA TUR
ARG
16th 32
2016 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Focus RS POR
HOC
BEL
GBR
NOR
SWE
CAN
FRA
BAR
LAT
GER
ARG
14th 63
2017 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Focus RS BAR
POR
HOC
BEL
GBR
NOR
SWE
CAN
FRA
LAT
GER
RSA
9th 112

Five championship points deducted for receiving three reprimands in a season.

Other motorsport activities

In 2005, Block along with his DC Shoes associates participated in the Gumball 3000 Rally. For the event they sent out three modified 2004 Subaru WRX STi's sponsored by DC Shoes.

In 2006, Block competed in the One Lap of America competition along with Brian Scotto. They were teamed up in a 2006 Subaru WRX STi and finished forty-fifth overall.

In 2006, for the Discovery Channel show Stunt Junkies, Block jumped his Subaru WRX STi rally car 171 feet (52 m) and a max height of 25 feet (7.6 m). The whole episode was dedicated to Block attempting this stunt.

In 2007, Block joined the DC Shoes Snowboarding team at New Zealand's Snow Park. Block did massive jumps and assisted in snowboarding tricks while driving his rally car on the mountain alongside the snowboarders. A crash after landing a large jump cracked one of the vertebrae in his spine, he was flown to the hospital. The session made the cover of the December 2007 issue of Snowboarder Magazine and closed out the MTN.LAB 1.5 DVD.

In 2009, for the BBC show Top Gear, Block took James May out for Gymkhana-style driving at Block's stunt course at Inyokern Airport, an operational California airport, also starring Ricky Carmichael. In 2010 Block took the feature car from the previous episode (a Reliant Robin) for a lap of the Top Gear test track. He rolled the car and was unable to complete a lap but was unhurt.

On October 15, 2009, it was reported that Block was close to a deal to join the World Rally Championship in a new Ford team. Long time co-driver Alex Gelsomino was also reportedly involved in the deal. Former Subaru WRC driver Chris Atkinson has been reported to be lined up as Block's teammate in the all-new Monster Energy Drink Ford World Rally Team.

On January 6, 2010, the announcement is made as Block joins up with Ford and begins his WRC career driving both a Ford Fiesta and Focus RS WRC.

On August 24, 2010, Block released the first of a three part Gymkhana 3 video release featuring his new Ford Fiesta.

On September 14, 2010, Block's third Gymkhana video, featuring a Ford Fiesta, was released on YouTube. The video got more than seven million views in its first week. This vehicle is now on display on the Petersen Automotive Museum.

On August 16, 2011, the fourth Gymkhana video, The Hollywood Megamercial was released on YouTube, featuring Block driving around the Universal Studios backlot.

On July 1, 2012, Block took the Silver Medal for Rallycross at X Games XVIII behind Sébastien Loeb.

On July 9, 2012, Block released his fifth Gymkhana video on YouTube, featuring Block driving his Ford Fiesta in San Francisco and Travis Pastrana on a dirtbike. After 24 hours, the video was viewed 5.1 million times, making it the top-viewed video of the previous week.

In late 2014, Block battled through to the Spanish finals of Gymkhana GRID, eventually beating Jake Archer to take the win. He donated the €10,000 prize fund to the Keep A Breast Foundation charity.

Block also holds the world record for the world's fastest snowcat, a modified Ford Raptor called a Trax STI.

Block appears in the 2015 Need for Speed video game as the style icon.

Involvement in Colin McRae: Dirt 2, Dirt 3, and Dirt: Showdown

Block is featured as a driver in Codemasters Colin McRae: Dirt 2, along with his Subaru Rally Team USA Impreza. In Dirt 3 he is seen as a driver and Gymkhana teacher, his Monster World Rally Team vehicles are available in the game, including the Ford Fiesta GYM 3, and the Ken Block Ford Focus WRC. Ken's Ford Fiesta and his Hoonigan/Monster livery appear extensively in Dirt: Showdown another Codemasters racing game with a more arcade feeling and demolition derby style Knockout and 8-Ball crossover racing events. His trademark gymkhana style of driving dominates the Head-to-Head and Trick Rush race modes as well as the Freestyle section.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 26 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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