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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.

Ken Block And Alex Gelsomino Win 100 Acre Wood For The 7th Time!

Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino have now won for the 7th time at Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.

 

Being HRD’s first competitive event of the 2014, the stage rally duo came out fully prepared and ready to do battle at the second round of the Rally America championship. And, two days of practice in Missouri leading into the event paid off, as Block and Gelsomino dominated from the start during Friday’s Day 1 stages, winning five of eight stages that day, which set themselves up for Saturday’s Day 2 stages with a 20.6 second lead.

 

Day 2 saw the pair take to the stages ready to fight and build upon their lead. However, their top competitor, David Higgins, blew his motor on that same stage, retiring from the rally and leaving Block and Gelsomino to back off on their attack and win the rally essentially uncontested.

 

“We had an great event,” said Block. “From the start, our Ford Fiesta HFHV felt great and ran strong. We had the setup dialed in from testing and our notes were clean. I’m bummed that David [Higgins] had to retire due to engine problems, because I was enjoying the battle with him. Still though, it feels awesome to come back here and win for the 7th time in my career, I can’t wait to come back and try to win for the 8th time next year!”

 

Block’s win this weekend marks his seventh win in eight starts at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, making him the most winning driver at the event in Rally America history. Block’s next competitive event will take place at GRC Barbados, taking place the weekend of May 17th. In the meantime, be sure to follow along with his day-to-day activities and training on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

100 Acre Wood Day One: Block Back On Top

Kicking off his 2014 race season with a favorite event, Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, HRD’s Ken Block charged hard on day one of the event. His first time back racing a stage rally since his championship-ending crash last year at the Lake Superior Performance Rally, Block demonstrated excellent form, winning three of four stages before the first service (and getting a tie on one), as well as winning two of the four night stages. He finished the day 1st overall with a 20.6 second lead over first place and a commanding 1:06 lead over third, setting himself up nicely for Saturday’s day two stages.

“I’m very pleased with how things went for me today,” said Block. “It’s my first time back doing stage rally since that big off I had last season, so it feels great to sort of exorcise those demons and put down fast times here today. I’ve always loved these roads and done well here, so I feel like I’m back in a normal rhythm and my Ford Fiesta HFHV ran amazing all day. I’m looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and trying to open up some more time on the rest of the competition.”

To see if Block expands on his lead and earns his 7th win at the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, follow along here, on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Ken Block Debuts His All-New Livery And Announces His 2014 Race Schedule.

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Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block is proud to debut his 2014 livery and announce his full race schedule for the year.

“I’m stoked with how the new liveries for my Ford Fiestas have turned out, as well as the race schedule we’ve been able to put together for 2014,” said Block. “Once again I’ve been fortunate enough to put together a highly diverse schedule that has me going around the world. I’m competing in the full Global RallyCross Championship, doing a handful of Rally America events, competing in a WRC round in Spain, doing the Monza Rally Sprint for the first time ever with Valentino Rossi as a teammate, returning to the Monster Energy Gymkhana GRID finale in Madrid, heading back to Japan to do more Gymkhana demos and, most interestingly, racing in three of the World RallyCross Championship rounds for the first time ever. I’m pretty sure nobody has a better job than me this year!”

In addition to having an action-packed year planned, Block has once again reinvented his race look for the 2014 season with a graphics package that will be incorporated across a full line of signature product including apparel from Hoonigan, sunglasses from SPY and RC cars from HPI.

“Every year I’m challenged with outdoing my livery from the season before,” said Block. “Luckily, I think we were able to do it once again. This year’s livery mixes animal pattern and 8-bit, which I love. We’ve come up with a sort of digital zebra graphic that I think is awesome and also brings me back into that familiar black and white color scheme I had starting back in 2010. I think the fans are going to enjoy this look.”

To catch Block and his all-new livery in action, be sure to follow along this coming weekend as he takes part in Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, where Block will be looking to reignite his winning streak for that event.

Block’s 2014 schedule:

Global RallyCross Championship:
-    GRC Barbados: 5/18/14
-    GRC X Games Austin: 6/17/14
-    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

Stage Rally:
-    Rally America Rally in the 100 Acre Wood: 2/21-22
-    Rally America Suesquehannock Trail Performance Rally: 5/30-31
-    WRC Spain: 10/24-26
-    Monza Rally Show: 11/22-24

World RallyCross Championship:
-    WRxC Norway: 6/14-15
-    WRxC France: 9/6-7
-    WRxC Turkey: 10/11-12

Gymkhana demos:
-    Japan: 7/5-6
-    Gymkhana GRID, Madrid: 11/1-2

Ken Block’S 2013 Season Recap And Brutal In-Car Footage Of His Rally America Championship Title Ending Crash.

 

2013 was a hugely successful race season for Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block, a driver who happened to have the most diverse and interesting racing schedule of last year. Some of his top moments are listed below.

2013 season highlights included:
-    2nd overall in the Rally America Championship
-    3rd overall in his second full season of the Global RallyCross Championship
-    The most GRC heat wins (11 out of a possible 13) out of any driver
-    Winning the GRC finale in Las Vegas, NV
-    Being the fastest average qualifier in GRC with an average 3.25 seeding position
-    Qualifying fastest overally 4 out of 9 possible times
-    Winning Silver at Global X Games RallyCross Spain
-    Finishing 7th overall at WRC Mexico, Block’s only WRC event of 2013 and for which he had zero WRC testing and practice prior
-    Debuting Gymkhana SIX, which has racked up more than 17 million views since it debuted in November
-    Performing successful Gymkhana demos in Australia, South Korea, Japan and Spain
-    Introducing Gymkhana GRID as an X Games medal competition at Summer X Games in Los Angeles
-    Given the “Automotive Inspiration” award for 2013 by the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, CA
-    Taking home two “Golden Pencil” marketing awards from The One Club for Gymkhana FIVE
-    Appearing on Ford’s driver search TV show, “Octane Academy”

Now, in preparation for the start of his 2014 race season, Block has released a video that shows and explains how he ended up 2nd overall in the Rally America Championship, after his chase at the title came to an abrupt, and brutal, end back in October at the final event, the Lake Superior Performance Rally.

Due to two simple letters (“in”) missing in his pace notes on one of the final stages of the event, Block and Gelsomino ended up cart wheeling down one of the final stages of the season, end over end, before coming to a stop against a tree. The missing “in” allowed Block to go slightly wide around a very safe looking corner where his rear wheel went into the weeds and got caught up on a small clump of dirt, sending the Ford Fiesta HFHV into the air. While the crash was violent, the pair were fortunate to walk away from the championship-ending incident with minimal injury.

“This video is a tough one for me to watch,” said Block. “On the one hand, I’m proud of the fact that even after going through such a brutal crash, my first instinct was to try and get the car started again and press on. On the other, I’m still bummed that we were so close to winning the championship and that we lost it in such a spectacular fashion. At the end of the day though, I’m grateful that the car did the job it was supposed to do and that I get to continue racing.”

Block and Gelsomino’s run at the Rally America championship will have to wait another year however. While the duo will be making their first competitive appearance of 2014 together at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Salem, Missouri—an event they’ve won six times previously—they’re unable to contest the entire season due to schedule conflicts with other race events.

For details on Block’s race schedule for 2014, as well as seeing the debut of his all-new livery, stay tuned, as he’ll be dropping both on February 17th.

Ken Block Introduces His New Ford F-150 Raptortrax

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Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block has an all-new project: his Ford F150 RaptorTRAX, the ultimate backcountry snowboard expedition vehicle. Block’s RaptorTRAX also happens to be the world’s fastest snowcat for backcountry snowboarding and will star in an upcoming video to be released Winter 2014/15.

“This project is something I’ve had in my head for awhile now,” said Block. “I absolutely love my daily driver Ford Raptor, especially since I live out here in the mountains of Park City, so to build out this mountain assault vehicle with a Raptor as the base platform made total sense to me. It’s an absolute beast of a machine and I’m stoked with how it’s turned out. Next up is for me to take it deep into the backcountry ASAP to help me and some friends slay some powder on our snowboards.”

Built from a Ford F150 Raptor pickup truck by Special Vehicle Concepts in California, the truck features snowboard racks, a roof basket, a rear-mounted winch, interior storage for snacks and drinks, an exterior stereo setup for blasting music on-site and plenty of exterior-mounted Rigid Industries lighting to help guide the way, the RaptorTRAX is purpose-built to be the best tool possible for reaching serious backcountry powder.

In addition to the things that help make it the best for a day of riding, the RaptorTRAX has performance to back up the looks. Featuring a Whipple supercharged 6.2L V8, a full roll cage, Recaro seating and four burly Mattracks, there’s not much that can stand in its way on the mountain.

Like what you see? Stay tuned for the RaptorTRAX in action in a full video later this year, winter 2014/2015. If you can’t wait that long, you can also see it on display at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, later this week with Monster Energy.