Ken Block Wins Round 1 Of The 2015 Global Rallycross Championship In Ft. Lauderdale, Now Leading The Series In Points

KEN BLOCK WINS ROUND 1 OF THE 2015 GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP IN FT. LAUDERDALE, NOW LEADING THE SERIES IN POINTS
KEN BLOCK WINS ROUND 1 OF THE 2015 GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP IN FT. LAUDERDALE, NOW LEADING THE SERIES IN POINTS
KEN BLOCK WINS ROUND 1 OF THE 2015 GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP IN FT. LAUDERDALE, NOW LEADING THE SERIES IN POINTS
KEN BLOCK WINS ROUND 1 OF THE 2015 GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP IN FT. LAUDERDALE, NOW LEADING THE SERIES IN POINTS

Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Ken Block arrived to Florida for the first round of the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship season with one mission: starting the year with a solid race that would help lay the foundation for him to try and win the championship. After two days of very fast driving in the heat of Florida, he did more than just that and kicked off his 2015 season with a big win.

“I couldn’t be happier with my result this weekend,” said Block. “We put in a lot of hard work as a team in the pre-season and that paid off huge for us today. This style of track didn’t really play into my strengths as a driver, but I was able to work with my team to get the car to the right place and overcome what I felt was a deficit on my end. I pulled something off here that I wasn’t fully sure I’d be able to, so I’m absolutely stoked with the result and to be leaving here leading the series in the points standing.”

Block started the event well, being 2nd fastest overall in practice on Saturday morning and getting through the first Heat of the event Saturday afternoon. Block then hit the circuit again Sunday morning for his second Heat of the event where he placed 2nd, which set him up for position two on the front row of his Semi-Final. In the Semi-Final, Block outdrove the competition with some deft maneuvering and tight lines, winning the Semi and securing Pole Position for the starting grid of the afternoon’s Final.

In the Final, Block had a quick launch and immediately targeted the Joker Lap on his first pass. Making it through the Joker safely, Block had open air ahead of him and began to work on breaking away from the remainder of the pack. During the 10 lap final, Block continued to put speed between himself and the rest of the field, hammering it completely down on his fourth lap, where he set the fastest lap time of the event with a 29.9 second pass. Block stormed on to win the Final, starting the first round of the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship in the best way possible.

Block’s next competitive event will be the weekend of June 6th in Austin, Texas, at Summer X Games.

Ken Block Kicks Off His 2015 Global Rallycross Season

FT LAUDERDALE, FL: Tomorrow kicks off the start of Ken Block’s bid for the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship in his Ford Fiesta ST RX43, beginning with round 1 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Block comes into this weekend’s event having taken second overall in last year’s championship (having missed first overall by only five points), a quick recap of last season:

  • 2 wins (Charlotte and Las Vegas)
  • 1 perfect event (Charlotte: qualified first, won all heats, won semi, won final)
  • Was the highest average qualifier for the season
  • Had the most heat wins in 2014 (also has the most heat wins in the history of GRC with 30)
  • Ended the season 2nd overall in the championship

In the downtime between the end of the 2014 GRC season and the start of the 2015 season, Block has stayed busy with a string of great events:

  • Won the final round of the 2014 GRC Championship in Vegas
  • Won the Gymkhana GRID in Madrid, Spain
  • 2nd place at the Bologna Motorshow racing against well-known fellow rally drivers like Robert Kubica and Gigi Galli
  • Won the first round of the 2015 New Zealand national rally championship, Rally Whangarei
  • Won Leg Two of the second round of the 2015 New Zealand national rally championship, Rally Otago (including 7 stage wins)
  • Launched Gymkhana SEVEN (which now has over 25+ million views)

“I’m excited to be getting back behind the wheel of my Fiesta RX43 and doing some rallycross again,” said Block. “We’ve worked hard in the off season on some small improvements here and there and we’ve had some great testing sessions leading into this event. I’m feeling highly confident in myself, my car and my team to be able to get things done on the track this year.”

Ken Block Partners With Global Leader Of Action Sports Support, Xdubai.

Adding to an already impressive lineup of sponsors and partners, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is pleased to announce the addition of another high-caliber sponsor, XDubai.

XDubai is the regional leader of the Middle East when it comes to action sports, both in terms of supporting events, challenges and athletes, as well as hosting events and activities. From skateboarders and their video projects to freestyle moto riders throwing down world-first triple backflips and from skydivers to guys with jet-powered wing suits strapped to their backs, XDubai positions itself front and center when it comes to supporting next-level innovations with both action- and extreme-sport athletes. With a goal of helping turn Dubai into the adrenaline capital of the world, today’s partnership with Ken Block helps solidify that mission.

“I’m really excited about this partnership,” said Block. “While we were in the initial discussions to make this deal possible, I took a trip to Dubai to learn more about XDubai and the city itself and I was blown away. It’s a hugely impressive city and it’s also known for being a massively progressive city in that region of the world. The team at XDubai absolutely gets what I do and what I’m about and, as I’m sure everyone knows, Dubai itself has a passion for all things automotive. I had a blast there, so I’m looking forward to heading back over. We’ve got some fun demo appearances planned for over there later in the year with my Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR from Gymkhana SEVEN.”

As a part of the sponsorship of Ken Block and his 2015 racing program, XDubai will host Block and his Hoonicorn RTR at the Dubai Motor Festival in November. It will officially be the first public appearances and driving demos by Block in the Middle East region, as well as the first appearance of his Hoonicorn. For more information on XDubai, visit: xdubai.com

Monster Energy And Ford Performance Team Up To Give Away Two Ford Focus Rs Cars... And More!

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Ken Block’s two biggest sponsors, Monster Energy and Ford Performance have come together to create one of the biggest giveaways Block has been involved with: The “Ford Performance Ken Block Giveaway”. 

TWO grand prize winners will each take home one of only 2000 brand-new 2016 Ford Focus RSs, while FIVE first prize winners will take part in a driving experience with Block himself in Utah. Hundreds more prizes are available for those who enter. 

Check out https://www.monsterenergy.com/us/en/promotions/#!/promotions%3Aford-performance-ken-block-experience-sweepstakes-official-rules for more details, rules, and an entry form! Open to US citizens only.

Block And Gelsomino, New Zealand 2015, Pt. 2

KEN BLOCK AND ALEX GELSOMINO AT RALLY OTAGO NEW ZEALAND 2015
KEN BLOCK AND ALEX GELSOMINO AT RALLY OTAGO NEW ZEALAND 2015
KEN BLOCK AND ALEX GELSOMINO AT RALLY OTAGO NEW ZEALAND 2015
KEN BLOCK AND ALEX GELSOMINO AT RALLY OTAGO NEW ZEALAND 2015
KEN BLOCK AND ALEX GELSOMINO AT RALLY OTAGO NEW ZEALAND 2015
KEN BLOCK AND ALEX GELSOMINO AT RALLY OTAGO NEW ZEALAND 2015

Following their first race of the year (and win!) up in Whangarei, New Zealand, less than a month ago, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block, and co-driver Alex Gelsomino, returned to the land of Kiwis for their second event of the 2015 season, Rally Otago, based in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Block and Gelsomino started out on Saturday morning, racking up two Stage wins in their first three Stages and getting off to a seemingly great start. However, towards the end of SS3, Block’s Ford Fiesta HFHV began having slight engine hiccups in higher gears. The pair continued pushing on, starting SS4, but were forced to retire shortly into the Stage due to a dead engine. The culprit? A simple mechanical issue (engine sensor wire that had become frayed). Gutted, the boys retired temporarily and missed the majority of the day’s Stages until they were able to rejoin after a late-afternoon service. But, by then, the damage was done and their hopes of adding another win to their season were over.

Despite the setback, Block went out on the last Stage of Saturday, a Super Special near downtown Dunedin with a crowd of thousands in attendance, and won it.

Sunday saw Block and Gelsomino demonstrate the speed and form that they’d possessed less than 30 days earlier up in Whangarei. With multiple Stage wins and fast pace, the HRD duo ended up winning leg 2 of Rally Otago, ending the weekend on a semi-high note.

“I’m definitely disappointed,” said Block. “We came down here to do well and try and add another win to the season. I feel that we were in a good position to do so but unfortunately a very small mechanical issue managed to completely sideline us and derail that effort. It’s frustrating, but that’s rally and motorsports in general. I’m glad we were able to rejoin the event at the Super Special today however and win that. It’s not the total victory I was looking for, but given the circumstances, I’m ok with it. For the second time in only a few weeks, I was able to drive on the greatest rally roads in the world again, so in the grand scheme of things, that’s pretty awesome.”

With Rally Otago being complete, the next event for Block will be the opening round of the 2015 Global Rallycross Championship, taking place in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, over the weekend of May 30th.

Ken Block Starts His Season With A Win In New Zealand: The International Rally Of Whangarei 2015

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Whangarei, NZ: Having not been behind the wheel of one of his Ford Fiesta racecars on a proper gravel rally stage since mid-October at WRC Spain last year, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino dusted off the cobwebs in spectacular fashion, bringing home a win on their first outing of 2015, which took place at the International Rally of Whangarei in New Zealand.

After two days of testing earlier in the week, Block started the rally on Friday night with two super specials right within the city of Whangarei. The rally had two separate events running simultaneously, the opening round of the 2015 Asia Pacific Rally Championship and the first round of the New Zealand National Championship. Block and his Ford Fiesta HFHV rally car were entered in the later. Coming out of Friday night in first overall in the National Championship Block was third overall when factoring in the competitors in the APRC event.

Saturday saw Block improve upon those standings however, maintaining the lead in the National Championship across the eight stages of the day, as well as pulling ahead of the drivers in the APRC as well (at one point in the day Block had built up almost a 30 second lead on the top APRC car, only to lose almost all of it back due to a mechanical issue), to end the day first overall in the entire event. Stats for end of day Saturday were a 1:09 second lead in the NZNC and 0.6 seconds overall in front of the top APRC driver.

Sunday had the duo maintain their rapid pace along the best rally stage roads on the planet, continually knocking down top stage finishes and building upon their leads. At the end of it all, Block and Gelsomino finished the entire event first overall, with a final time of 2:54.53.6, 36 seconds ahead of the leader in the APRC event and over 2 minutes of the leader of the NZRC event.

“I had a great event down here in Whangarei this week,” said Block. “This is the exact start to my 2015 season that I was looking for and I’m stoked that I was able to kick things off like that down here on some of the best stage rally roads in the entire world. I don’t get to do as much rally as I’d like these days since my focus is rallycross, so this was awesome. The whole event was a ton of fun, from our testing earlier in the week to the stages during the event. I’d also like to compliment the event organizers for putting on a world-class event and the fans for coming out to support. I’m definitely looking forward to Otago in a few weeks on the south island, hopefully I can add another win to my season.”

With the win at Whangarei, Block becomes the first non-New Zealander to ever win Whangarei and the first American to win an international rally in recent history. Block’s next competitive event is Rally Otago, May 8-10, which also takes place in New Zealand.

Ken Block Preps For His First Race Of 2015 - International Rally Of Whangarei In New Zealand

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Whangarei, NZ: After much anticipation, Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is kicking off his 2015 race season this coming weekend in New Zealand. His first event of the year will be the International Rally of Whangarei, located on the North Island of New Zealand and starting today he’ll be commencing with two days of testing to prepare for the event.

“I’m excited to finally get back behind the wheel of my Ford Fiesta HFHV and doing proper stage rally,” said Block. “I haven’t had the chance to drive competitively since mid-December, and since my main focus these days is rallycross, not stage rally, logging some proper stage miles with my co-driver Alex [Gelsomino] is going to be a fun time. It’s also a big bonus for me that the roads down here in New Zealand are some of my absolute favorites in the world. Cambered, undulating gravel roads? Sounds like a great way for me to kick off this season.”

Block has raced in New Zealand six times earlier in his career, first competing in 2007 four times (Otago, Whangarei, the 2007 WRC round and Nelson Rally), including making podium with a 3rd overall finish at Nelson. In between the WRC round and Nelson that same year, he filmed a segment for DC Shoes Mtn.Lab 1.5, a video in which he drove around a snowboard park with fellow DC athletes and also jumped a Group N rally car off multiple snowboard jumps (and subsequently cracked a vertebrae!). He also competed in a Group N car in the 2008 round of WRC New Zealand and then made a return in 2012 when he competed in the New Zealand WRC round in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, an event where he made the top ten with a 9th overall finish.

With a 2015 season focus on the Global Rallycross Championship back in America, Block is only able to work in four stage rally events this season. International Rally of Whangarei will be the first of two rounds of the New Zealand National Championship that Block will contest in 2015—Otago Rally being the other—and the other two stage rallies he competes in during this season will be Rally America’s NEFR and LSPR events. To see how he does this weekend, be sure to follow along on Block’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Ken Block Announces His Action-Packed Schedule For 2015.

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Ken Block 2015 Race Schedule

2015 LIVERY LOOKBOOK: http://www.hooniganracing.com/media-upload/2015LiveryLOOKBOOK

VIDEO: http://youtu.be/BY6SFKPlTM0

2015 is set to be another exciting, action-packed and diverse race season for Ken Block as he once again has one of the most varying calendars in racing, traveling around the world and participating in everything from stage rally to X Games to rallycross to a handful of international Gymkhana demos.

The biggest part of 2015 will see Block competing once again in the Global Rallycross Championship. Having been the top average qualifier—as well as having won the most heats—winning two events and taking 2nd overall in the championship last year (and missing out on 1st by only 5 points), Block will be back again in the 12-round series looking to bring home the overall championship. 

Block will also be participating in X Games this summer, returning to the heat of Texas in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas while looking to add to his 5 previous X Games medals.

For stage rally action, Block will be heading down to New Zealand to compete in the first two rounds of the highly competitive New Zealand National Championship, which takes place on some of the greatest rally stages the planet has to offer. In addition to that, Block will be participating in two rounds of the Rally America Championship: New England Forest Rally and the Lake Superior Performance Rally. 

For NEFR, Block will also be working with U.K.-based M-Sport (the race team that runs the Ford Fiesta racecars in the World Rally Championship) to bring out two separate cars for the first time ever in America: M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta R5+ and their new Ford Fiesta R2 (featuring the 1.0 liter, 3-cylinder, turbocharged engine). Both cars are designed to be affordable rally racecar options for competitors and the goal of the joint venture is to demonstrate to the U.S. rally community how these cars perform on an actual rally. The cars will be raced by yet-to-be-determined guest drivers at NEFR.

“I’m getting to do some fun stage rally events this season, with two in America and two down in New Zealand on some of the greatest roads on the planet,” said Block. “While rallycross is more of my focus these days, I come from stage rally, so to be able to still do a few events for fun each year is hugely important to me.”

Rounding out 2015, Block will be participating in some Gymkhana-style events and running his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR in public demos for the first time ever. He’ll also be taking part in Monster Energy’s Gymkhana GRID European Finale and working on the next Gymkhana video in the hugely successful viral video series, Gymkhana EIGHT.

“I’m really excited about my race calendar for 2015,” said Block. “Just like last year, I feel really lucky to be able to have such a diverse race calendar. I’m looking forward to competing in the full GRC season again and going after that title. I only missed it by 5 points last season, so I’m confident that I’m the best contender for the title this year and I’ve been working my butt off with my team in the offseason so that we can have the best possible chances of taking it. I’m also going to get to run my 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR a few times as well for fans around the globe. Overall it’s going to be a great season, I can’t wait for it to get started.”

To see how Block does throughout his hectic 2015, be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter by following @kblock43, as well as on Facebook at Facebook.com/KenBlockRacing.

BLOCK’S 2015 SCHEDULE:

GLOBAL RALLYCROSS:
- May 31, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- June 21, Daytona, FL
- July 5, U.S. Military Base (TBA)
- July 25, Detroit, MI
- July 26, Detroit, MI
- August 15, Washington, D.C.
- August 30, Seattle, WA
- September 12, Los Angeles, CA
- September 13, Los Angeles, CA
- October 3, Barbados
- October 4, Barbados
- November 4, Las Vegas, NV

X GAMES:
- June 4-7, Austin, TX

NEW ZEALAND RALLY:
- April 18-19, International Rally of Whangerei, New Zealand
- May 9-10, Rally Otago, New Zealand

RALLY AMERICA:
- July 17-18, New England Forest Rally
- October 16-17, Lake Superior Performance Rally

GYMKHANA:
- TBA, International Hoonicorn Gymkhana Demo
- October 10-11, Gymkhana GRID Europe Final, Athens, Greece
- TBA, Gymkhana EIGHT

Ken Block On Motor Trend’S 2015 Power List

What does Ken Block have in common with a famous comedian and a bunch of high-ranking suits in the auto industry? They’re all on Motor Trend’s 2015 Power List of “50 Leaders, Thinkers, and Agitators Shaping the Auto Industry”! In addition, Block is the only racecar driver on the entire list.

Coming in at #47 on the list, Motor Trend recognized Block for his work in continuing to bring rally, rallycross, and Gymkhana driving to light in America. Here’s what they had to say:

“No one can get America more excited about non-NASCAR motorsports than Ken Block. Although he's pretty good at rally racing (in its latest stadium-and-social-media-friendly incarnation, Global Rally Cross), he's even better at promoting it and his auto/outlaw image. Block's annual stuntastic Gymkhana mini-features are as close to guaranteed viral as they come. Why? The driving, for sure, but the machines he jumps into are simply incredible, including his latest, an 850-horsepower AWD 1965 Mustang.”

Check out the full list at http://www.motortrend.com/features/consumer/the_2015_power_list/viewall.html, which includes Ford CEO Mark Fields (at number 11) and Ford’s Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair (at number 15). Safe to say, Block is in good company on that list!

Ken Block Unveils 2015 Livery!

You've been waiting for it and it's finally here: Ken Block's 2015 Hoonigan Racing Division livery. Every season, Block comes up with an all-new look for his race cars (as well as Hoonigan official team gear!) and 2015 is no exception. A radical departure from the 8-bit zebra pattern on last season's car, the 2015 car has gone to the moon and back, bringing home a cosmic look that's bound to leave the competition seeing stars.

"I really wanted to do something different this season," said Block. "I suppose I try and do that every year, but I wanted to get really far outside of the box and I'm pretty sure putting outer space on my race car is about as far as I can get! I love how this turned out however, I think that it's going to pop really well both on track during rallycross events and in the woods during rally events like Rally in the 100 Acre Wood."

Like what you see? Good! In the coming weeks, Block will also be announcing his full 2015 schedule and we'll also be showing you a few more looks of the car, including some in action, as well as upcoming gear featuring the livery from Hoonigan, SPY and HPI Racing.