Block Dominates Global Rallycross Charlotte

July 27th, 2014, Charlotte NC: Coming off of a podium finish last week at GRC New York, Ken Block stormed into Charlotte this past weekend focused on one thing: Taking first place. And he did so, masterfully dominating the entire weekend at the track.

Block qualified first overall on Friday afternoon, setting himself up nicely for his heats later that day. Block then took control of both heats, establishing himself as the man to beat on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track. By taking first in both of Friday night’s heats—as well as being the top qualifier that morning—Block headed into Saturday’s main events in solid position.

Saturday saw Block return to the dirt and continue to give lessons on being fast on a loose surface. Utilizing his skills acquired through years of stage rally racing, Block laid down a masterful performance on Saturday, winning his semi-final by four seconds and absolutely dominating the field in the final by taking the overall win by seven seconds.

“This was an awesome weekend of rallycross for myself,” said Block. “My team did an amazing job getting my Ford Fiesta ST RX43 ready for racing here on this track and it felt great to be racing on more gravel and dirt instead of mostly tarmac. I’m really at home on surfaces like this and I think it showed with both my results and how quickly we got car setup for this course. I’m absolutely stoked on winning here and it feels great to build on my podium finish last weekend in New York. Hopefully I can continue that trend when we hit Daytona next month and keep scoring points in this championship.”

In the modern era of Global Rallycross with the format now being qualifying, two rounds of heats, a semi-final and a final, Block is the first driver in the history of the sport to take first in all five aspects of the race weekend. With his win, Block moves up to 5th overall in the 2014 GRC points standings (only 9 points out of 3rd place) with five races left to go.

Block’s next event is this in Daytona, Florida, the weekend of August 23rd.

Ken Block Nabs Third At Global Rallycross New York

July 21st, 2014, New York, New York: Heading into the fourth round of the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block was in search of his first podium of the season and looking to shake his string of bad luck thus far this season. Fortunately for Block, he found it, with a third overall podium finish.

After winning his two heats during Saturday’s racing, Block entered Sunday’s event sitting in a good position to advance to the finals. Taking second in his semi-final, he advanced to the final, sitting on the second row of the grid. However, the final had back-to-back red flags on the first two attempts to start the final. On the third attempt, the final was able to be completed, which saw Block sitting fourth overall once the racing was over. However, due to an illegal service performed on the #77 car (which had placed 2nd overall) during one of the red flag re-starts, that car was disqualified, moving Block up the ranks into 3rd overall and picking up 40 points in the championship standings in the process.

“This weekend’s race was interesting,” said Block. “Obviously we had two full re-starts during the final, which definitely throws off everyone’s rhythm a bit in terms of their racing, so that was unfortunate. And, while I didn’t finish where I wanted to, I’m glad that the officials got the calls right in the end and upheld the rulebook. I’m stoked about coming away from this event with my first podium of the season and I’m looking forward to racing again next weekend in Charlotte.”

Block’s next event is GRC Charlotte at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Be sure to tune in and watch on NBC Sports.

Ken Block Brings Gymkhana To Nagoya, Japan

For his second Monster Energy Gymkhana Experience event in Japan, Ken Block block brought his Ford Fiesta HFHV to the city of Nagoya to put on an unforgettable show including the Monster FMX team, drivers from Japan’s premiere drifting series (the D1 Grand Prix), helicopters, bears, and more. 

Kicking off the weekend with a slew of media ride-alongs (including drifting legend Keiichi Tsuchiya), Block then put down a smoky run through the Gymkhana course, followed by a drift competition between all the attending D1 Grand Prix drivers - the winner of which was to face Block in a Gymkhana race against the clock. It was Masato Kawabata (2013 D1 Champion) who made it to the final race - only to spin out both of his competitive runs, costing him the win.

The finale ended with Monster Energy’s freestyle motocross team throwing tricks over the “helicopter obstacle” (a Robinson R44 on concrete blocks), Block putting down a final Gymkhana run, and an autograph signing that filled the entire course with fans. 

Video coming soon - for now, enjoy the photos!

Ken Block Takes Third At His First-Ever World Rx Event

Hell, Norway: Making his World Rallycross Championship debut in Hell, Norway, this past weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block came away from his first-ever WorldRX round in third overall, sharing the podium with former WRC champion Petter Solberg and fellow Ford driver Reinis Nitiss.

Saturday’s first two rounds of heats had Block learning the all-new-to-him course, as well as adapting to the Norway-specific start timing system utilized by WorldRX at the event, which is a radically different style compared to the main series Block competes in, Global Rallycross. Despite the learning curve however, Block managed to win one of his two heats on Saturday, setting himself up to end the day 13th overall out of 36 entries.

Sunday morning, Block continued to show his skill and ability to learn quickly by taking 2nd in his third heat. He placed 5th in his fourth and final heat and ended the heats of day 2 set up in 8th overall and solidly into the semi-finals. During the battle of Block’s semi-final, he achieved a third place finish, which put him into the final on the back row. From there, Block drove like a man possessed, taking the joker lap right off the start and battling the entire way with a highly competitive field to come away with a podium-placing third overall in the final.

“I’m unbelievably stoked to come way from this event with third overall,” said Block. “This was my first time racing in this style of European rallycross event and I really enjoyed it. The level of competition here is great and the track was excellent. It was a really enjoyable course with a ton of elevation changes, but it was also super challenging—especially when you look at some of the guys I was driving against, like Petter [Solberg]! Based on this experience, I’m definitely looking forward to coming back and competing in France in September.”

In addition to placing third overall in the race, Block also took first place in the European Rally Championship, which was being run simultaneously during the WorldRX event and for which he took first overall out of 23 entries based on points earned in the four heats spread between Saturday and Sunday.

Block’s next racing event is next weekend at GRC Washington DC, back stateside and taking place on June 21st and 22nd in Washington DC at RFK Stadium.

Block Debuts New Shoes… That You Can Win!

If you've been wondering when you'd be able to win the first pair of Ken Block signature Keep-A-Breast DC driving shoes, wonder no longer. The time is now! Check the link below for the very first pair (out of 9 total) that are now up for auction! Yep, you can win the exact pair that Ken wore all through X Games by buying raffle tickets whose proceeds all go to a great cause. Get more details on the raffle, as well as purchase tickets at www.keep-a-breast.org/DCShoes.

Ken Block Collaborates With Keep A Breast In Support Of Breast Cancer Awareness

With Summer X Games 2014 about to begin, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce a collaboration between himself, Keep-A-Breast (best known for their “I Heart Boobies” campaigns) and DC Shoes with the goal of raising both awareness and money for Keep-A-Breast, a non-profit organization that helps young women who have been affected by breast cancer, as well as help raise awareness of the disease. Starting with X Games, Block will be wearing a special pair of pink DC Pro-Spec 3.0 shoes for each of his remaining Global Rallycross races this season. After each event, those shoes will go up for raffle on the Keep-A-Breast website where fans and supporters can enter for the chance to win the shoes. Every raffle ticket purchased will also enter fans into a final drawing at the end of the season for a grand prize which includes round-trip airfare and accommodations for a lucky fan to go meet Block as well as take a ride in his rallycross Ford Fiesta ST RX43. For more details, please see the DC Shoes press release below.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – June 5, 2014 – DC Shoes motorsports athlete Ken Block is partnering with The Keep A Breast Foundation to raise money through the auction of limited edition DC driving shoes.  The auction will be open to international supporters through keep-a-breast.org, driving global awareness of breast cancer.  

“DC Shoes and Ken Block have been long time supporters of The Keep A Breast Foundation,” said Shaney Jo Darden, founder of The Keep A Breast Foundation.  “We are so grateful for people like Ken who go the extra mile to support causes they believe in. This partnership is an authentic and inspiring way to give back and bring the rally car community together for something so meaningful.”

Block and DC Shoes worked with Keep A Breast to design the all-pink custom shoe, featuring the organizations “I Heart Boobies” mantra.  Block will wear one of the nine pairs at each of the remaining Global Rallycross race this year (kicking off with summer X Games in Austin, TX this weekend), with the worn pair being set for auction on keep-a-breast.org following the race.  Fans will have the opportunity to donate to Keep A Breast to gain raffle tickets for each GRC race.  One raffle ticket will be given for every $5 donation, offering an increased chance to win with a greater donation amount.

Following the final race of the series, all participants will have a chance to win the grand prize of a ride along with Block in his rally car.  The Global Rallycross race series schedule is as follows:

GRC X Games Austin      6/7/14

GRC Washington D.C.    6/22/14

GRC New York              7/20/14

GRC Charlotte              7/26/14

GRC Detroit                   8/3/14 

GRC Daytona               8/23/14

GRC Los Angeles          9/20/14

GRC Seattle                 9/27/14

GRC Las Vegas             11/5/14

"I'm really excited about this partnership between myself, DC Shoes and The Keep A Breast Foundation," said Block. "Keep A Breast is a great organization and their work is truly inspiring. They're offering programs and support for young women that have been impacted by breast cancer and are also making sure that they market themselves in a way that gets the attention of a younger generation, helping generate greater awareness. In my mind this partnership was a no-brainer for me and I'm glad that DC felt the same way and that we were able to put this program together. Hopefully these shoes help generate a lot of donations!"

The first pair of Ken Block x Keep A Breast driving shoes will be set for auction following X Games Austin on June 5.  Visit the DC Shoes Facebook page for further details on how to donate to win Block’s limited edition Keep A Breast driving shoe, and for the full auction schedule.  Fans can join the conversation on social media with #DCxKBxKeepABreast.

Block Debuts Footkhana

Following the tease of an all-new video project with Castrol last week, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce the debut of a fun, different style of Gymkhana video project called Footkhana. A collaborative effort with international football star, Neymar Jr., and Castrol, Footkhana combines world-famous driving with world-famous football skills in a head-to-head competition of man in a machine versus man and his feet.

Not to be confused with the future Gymkhana SEVEN that will drop later this year, Footkhana was designed from the start to be a new and entertaining exploration on how Block’s Gymkhana driving could be utilized in a fun way doing something different than of his normal Gymkhana GRID competitions and Gymkhana video series.

“It’s always amazing to me when people like Neymar Jr. are aware of me because of my Gymkhana videos,” said Block. “Neymar’s one of the biggest names in football [soccer] and it was rad to work with him on this project. I’m stoked that Castrol was able to help us bring the whole thing together and present me with the new challenges of hitting soccer balls with precision slides while I navigated the Footkhana playing field that they created for us. Never in a million years did I think I’d ever be trying to score goals with my Ford Fiesta, but it actually was a ton of fun for both of us. I’m pretty sure that Neymar’s never had to try and score a goal with a rally car defending the net before!”

Curious as to how the experiment of blending the completely opposite worlds of football and motorsport turned out? Check out the video here:

Castrol Footkhana Trailer: Neymar Jr. V Ken Block

With rumors flying that there's a new Gymkhana video dropping on April 22nd, 2014, Hoonigan Racing Division's Ken Block has decided to comment on the rumors himself. The project, called Footkhana, isn't actually Gymkhana SEVEN, but instead, a collaboration piece from Castrol, combining one of the most popular sports on the planet (football, or, as it's known in America, soccer) with the most popular driving video series of all time (Block's Gymkhana franchise).

Block's partner for this video is global football sensation Neymar Jr., who is regarded as one of the best players on the planet and a perfect partner for going head-to-head in this video of foot skills versus car skills.

"Yes, I do have a Gymkhana-style video dropping on Tuesday next week," said Block. "We worked with one of the best football strikers in the world, Mr. Neymar Jr., so I had my work cut out for me. But, I was up to the challenge and did some accuracy placement stuff with the car and my driving lines where I was hitting the footballs into the net. That was actually a fun and new concept for me. I really think the fans will enjoy it."

Can't wait until Tuesday, April 22nd, to see the full video? Whet your appetite with this short trailer on Castrol's YouTube page showcasing some of both Neymar Jr.'s and Block's moves:

All-Access: Hrd_Hq Tours With Miller Motorsports Park

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Despite not being open to the general public, your dreams of being able to go and check out the Hoonigan Racing Division headquarters of the HHIC (Head Hoonigan in Charge), Ken Block, may actually be able to come true now. For the first time ever, Block is opening the doors of his personal race shop to select fans so that they can check out his world headquarters, brag to their friends about having made it inside the coolest motorsports workshop on the planet and, if they're lucky, catching a glimpse of his Ford Fiesta ST racecars up close—assuming they're not out being raced! The catch? There's only one way: buy a Ford Focus ST or Fiesta ST and do the all-new ST Octane Academy driving program at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.

The ST Octane Academy driving program at MMP is complimentary to all consumers who purchase a Focus ST or Fiesta ST from their Ford Dealer (buyers are on the hook for their own transportation to and from the school and for hotels/lining up sofas to crash on however). It's a two-day event that kicks off with the opening reception at HRD_HQ, which, if he's in town and available, Block himself has been known to swing by. The following day participants participate in: 30 minutes of classroom teaching, skid car exercises, braking exercises, forward/reverse 180s and parking box tricks, an "UrbanX" practice session followed by a timed UrbanX course competition, three variations of on-track driving (lead-and-follow, instructor ride-along, hot laps with an instructor driving) and, to top it all off, an end-of-day kart race amongst the others in your session.

For more information on the ST Octane Acadamey (or to register so that you too can gain access to the HRD_HQ), visit here: http://www.stoctaneacademy.com/register-now.html

Ken Block's Ford Raptortrax Goes On Video Mission For Its Backcountry Debut At Baldface Mountain

Ken Block’s Ford RaptorTRAX, aka the world’s fastest snow cat, made its backcountry debut last week with a trip to the Baldface Lodge in Nelson, BC, Canada. Over four days, Block and two of his Monster Energy teammates (pro snowboarders Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss) used the RaptorTRAX to its full capabilities by shuttling across ridges, blasting down the mountain’s powdery faces, breaking out the built-in grill/cooler/sound system for lunch, and towing the riders across the mountain’s trail network - usually only accessible via snow cat or snowmobile - to prove the truck’s status as the world’s fastest snow cat.

Look for a full video edit (via Monster Energy), a full line of RaptorTRAX-inspired gear by Hoonigan, as well as articles from Transworld Snowboarding and Road and Track - all coming out Fall 2014. For now, enjoy the photos above, and see more photos + videos from the trip at Ken’s Facebook and Instagram pages.