Raptor Trax Shredfest Oct. 7

RaptorTRAX Shredfest Oct. 7

In just one week (Oct 7th), Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block—in partnership with his sponsor, Monster Energy—will be debuting the highly anticipated RaptorTRAX Shredfest video. The video will be hosted exclusively on the Monster Energy YouTube channel and will highlight Block driving his all-new, custom-built Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX snowcat through some of the most incredible snowboarding terrain on the planet at Baldface Lodge in British Columbia, as well as featuring riding by fellow Monster athletes Zak Hale and Ethan Deiss. 

While the main edit will drop on October 7th, the seven days leading up to the release will feature a new teaser clip each day across both Block’s and Monster Energy’s social channels. See the first one here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152758837610827

To see the other teaser clips as they drop, follow along here:

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Ken Block Takes Over Championship Lead After Double Podium Weekend During The Grc Doubleheader In Los Angeles

Sept 22nd, 2014, Los Angeles, California: Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block had a hugely successful three days of racing during the Global Rallycross Championship doubleheader this past weekend in Los Angeles. Following a Saturday event where he pulled off a podium finish in third overall, Block took to the track again on Sunday for the second event of the weekend, managing to improve on Saturday’s performance by one spot, bringing home a second overall finish as well as moving himself into overall championship points lead, 18 points ahead of the rest of the field.

The podium finish for Block on Sunday’s event marks his 5th consecutive podium appearance in the Global Rallycross Championship (New York – 3rd, Charlotte – 1st, Daytona – 2nd, Los Angeles 1 – 3rd, Los Angeles 2 – 2nd) and sets Block up in good position with only two races left on the race season calendar.

“I’m definitely pleased with how the weekend in Los Angeles went for me,” said Block. “Obviously I wanted to come out and do well, but between performing well and having some luck fall my way, I’m coming out of here in the lead for the overall championship, which is awesome! I’m also excited about this coming weekend in Seattle at Dirtfish because I’ve heard that the track there has a lot more gravel than what we’ve seen the last two races and I feel that sort of surface really favors my driving style. Hopefully I can bring home another podium finish in five days.”

In addition to Block bringing home a third place finish on Saturday, a second place finish on Sunday and moving into first overall in the championship points standings, Block and his team also helped contribute to Ford locking in their 4th consecutive manufacturer title in GRC this weekend as well.

Ken Block Ties It Up For Global Rallycross Championship Lead After L.A. One

Sept 20th, 2014, Los Angeles, California: Ken Block arrived to the port of Los Angeles in California for the 7th round of the Global Rallycross Championship sitting second overall in the points standings. After the checkered flag dropped on the final Saturday afternoon, Block had finished third overall in the final and had improved his standing to tied for first overall in the championship with fellow Ford driver, Nelson Piquet Jr. Additionally, Ford clinched the 2014 GRC manufacturer’s championship on Saturday, helped out by Block’s finish during Saturday’s race.

Capitalizing on a 2nd in a heat race on Friday and taking first in his semi-final Saturday morning, Block set himself up for the first row of the final. Successfully avoiding any sort of first corner smashup, Block tucked in behind the leaders into third place and stayed there, holding off the rest of the field for the entirety of the 10 laps.

“I’m stoked with moving up to tied for first in the championship,” said Block. “While this track is a bit tight and doesn’t fully suit my driving style, I think I’ve done a good job figuring out a quick line here and I’m making it work. I’m definitely happy to nab my fourth podium in a row also. Hopefully things go well again for me tomorrow.”

Ken Block Puts On Solid Performance At Worldrx France

Sept 8th, 2014, Loheác, France: For his second-ever World Rallycross appearance, HRD’s Ken Block headed to the town of Loheác, France, for the championship’s biggest event. With more than 70,000 fans in attendance, it marks one of the biggest-ever crowds that Block has driven in front of.
 
Saturday’s Day 1 practice and heats saw Block demonstrate excellent form, setting the fastest lap time in practice, as well as winning both of his heats. Unfortunately, due to a slight bit of confusion during heat 1, Block mistakingly did not take the joker, earning himself a 30 second penalty. Despite the setback though, Block’s heat win and overall time from heat 2 allowed him to head into Sunday’s heats 13th overall, just one place away from making it into the semi-final top 12. With two decent heats on Sunday morning, Block found himself in a highly competitive afternoon semi-final, where he finished 3rd and landed a space in the final.
 
For the final, Block drove well, despite having to start from the back of the grid, working his way to 4th overall. In addition to finishing 4th, Block also set the single-fastest lap of the weekend in the final, a 0:36.9.
 
“This was definitely a tough event for me,” said Block. “I drove really well on both days, despite a few hiccups. The competition here was very tough, but I had a great time here in France this weekend. The sheer size of the crowd was wild and the French fans are very passionate about their motorsports, so that was great to experience. I really wanted to get another podium finish here in World Rallycross, but I’m still pleased with 4th overall on the weekend.”
 
Block’s next competitive event is in Los Angeles, CA, for the Global Rallycross doubleheader weekend, September 20th and 21st.

World Rx France: Block Returns To Worldrx

Ken Block returned to WorldRX action for his second outing this season, entering into the French round of the 2014 calendar in Loheác, France.

Ken Block returned to WorldRX action for his second outing this season, entering into the French round of the 2014 calendar in Loheác, France.

Despite having never raced in Loheác previously, Block ended up being the quickest driver (of 37 supercar entries) during the open practice session on the start of Saturday. Building upon that speed, Block also won his first heat and his second heat. However, Block missed the joker lap during his first heat and was awarded a 30 second penalty. The reason that Block missed the joker lap was that unfortunately, he was accustomed to the rallycross setup in Global Rallycross (the series where he’s competing in the full championship). In GRC, the flagger waves a white flag to indicate the final lap of a race, letting drivers know that if they haven’t taken the joker, they’ll need to do so on that last lap. In Loheác, there isn’t a final lap flag and instead just a small sign hung on the inside of the final corner. Due to this discrepancy in setup, Block thought he had another lap to take the joker. Even with that setback however, Block’s second heat win allowed him to finish 13th overall leading into Sunday. That positioning puts him right on the bubble of breaking into the top 12 and thus into the semi-finals.

Block will continue today in heats 3 and 4 as he attempts to move from 13th overall into the top 12. To see if he can do it, follow along at the WorldRX livestream: http://www.rallycrossrx.com/livestream

Ken Block Returns To World Rallycross Competition In Loheác, France

Ken Block and Petter Solberg on podium at FIA World Rallycross Championship 2014 in Hell, Norway

SEPT 5th, LOHEÁC, FRANCE: This weekend, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block returns to World RallyCross competition, entering into the biggest event of the season in Loheác, France. There, he’ll be going door-to-door with some of the best international rallycross racers in the world, including current championship points leader, and former WRC champion, Petter Solberg.

Block has had a great season so far. As he seeks to make the podium once again in World RX, some quick stats on his 2014 season at the midway point:

  • Currently ranked 2nd overall in Global Rallycross after 6 of 10 events
  • Won GRC Charlotte and made podium in New York and Daytona
  • Currently tied as best overall qualifier in GRC with series leader Piquet Jr.
  • Took 3rd overall at WorldRX Norway (his debut WorldRX event)
  • Won his only stage rally of the year so far (Rally America’s 100 Acre Wood)
  • Starred in Castrol’s viral video “Footkhana” with Neymar Jr. (16+ million views)

Ken Block Brings Home 2nd Place At Grc Daytona And Moves Into 2nd Place Overall In The Championship

Aug 25th, 2014, Daytona, FL: Following a win the last time he was out at a Global Rallycross race, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block came into Daytona International Speedway and put down an extremely impressive display of driving ability, coming away from the event with a hard-earned 2nd overall.

Friday afternoon’s two heats saw Block take 2nd place in his first heat and then a very commanding 1st place in his second heat. Based on his results on Friday, as well as how the rest of the field finished, Block set himself up well for Saturday morning’s semi-finals.

Saturday found Block starting P1 in the second semi-final. Unfortunately, coming around turn three while in first place, Block ended up getting spun out by fellow Ford driver, Nelson Piquet Jr., which sent him to the back of the field (Piquet Jr. was penalized a lap later with a stop-and-go penalty). This setback sent Block into the Last Chance Qualifier, which saw the H.H.I.C. put on a dominating performance to take first place—while completing the last two laps on only three wheels due to a flat tire on the right rear of the car and still managing to holding off the rest of the field—moving him into the third row of the final grid.

For the final, Block had a solid launch and by the end of turn three on the first lap, had fought through traffic and worked his way into 2nd overall. Through the course of 8 laps, Block opened up the gap between himself and the rest of the field, all while closing in on the 1st overall spot. Unfortunately for him, he ran out of laps before that could happen.

“I had a great race weekend out here in Daytona,” said Block. “Despite the heat and humidity, I really enjoyed myself. This was a tough race simply because of the temperatures, but it was definitely a rewarding finish. I was really upset about being spun out by Piquet [Nelson Piquet Jr.], in my semi, but fortunately I had an amazing LCQ, despite having to navigate a very sketchy 100+ mph turn on only three wheels! My plan for the final was simply to get a great launch and try to do something amazing, which I think I pulled off. If I’d only had another lap or two I think I could have overtaken Rhys [Millen] and won this thing. Either way, I’m stoked on the finish.”

The podium finish for Block makes this his third in a row for Global Rallycross races and his fourth out of five Rallycross starts (3rd in WorldRX Norway, 3rd in GRC New York, 1st in GRC Charlotte, 2nd in GRC Daytona).

Block’s next competitive event is in Loheác, France, for WorldRX France on September 7th.

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!