#43 Ken Block
|Car||#43 Ford Fiesta ST RX43|
|Sponsor||Monster Energy Drink|
|Hometown||Long Beach, CA|
|Birthday||NOV 21, 1967|
Ken Block has cultivated a worldwide following between his racing career and viral video series Gymkhana, garnering over 200+ million YouTube views. After five years of racing, Block formed the Monster World Rally Team in January 2010 and signed with Ford to become the first American to campaign in the World Rally Championship, becoming only the second American to ever score points in the WRC during his inaugural 2010 season. At his 20th race in a WRC car, Block achieved his best-ever finish of 7th overall at WRC Mexico in 2013.
In 2013, Block finished second in the Rally America National Championship, earned his third X Games silver medal in Munich, Germany, won his first Global Rallycross race in Las Vegas, Nevada, and dropped, “Gymkhana SIX: The Ultimate Gymkhana Grid Course,” which acquired over 12 million views in one week. Block, who will start his fifth season competing for Ford, will enter the 2014 racing season with Alessandro Gelsomino, co-driver and spotter, for the tenth consecutive year.
- After Block’s first rally season in 2005 he was awarded Rookie of the Year in the Rally America National Championship series.
- In 2012, the co-founder of DC Shoes was named 7th on the list of ESPN’s “50 Most Influential People in Action Sports.”
- Block re-named his team Hoonigan Racing Division in 2013, with the goal to further push the boundaries of motorsports marketing.
DID YOU KNOW?
At the annual Petersen Automotive Museum Gala in Los Angeles, California in 2013, Block was honored for his contributions to automotive culture and awarded the Petersen Automotive Inspiration Award. The award is given to those who help to inspire a new, younger, upcoming generation of automotive enthusiasts.