KEN BLOCK #43
Ken Block's rally career began in 2005. His skill and car control became quickly apparent and Block aptly nabbed Rookie of the Year that season in the Rally America Championship. Since then, Block has continued to race in the series, racking up numerous overall wins as well as plenty of podium appearances. He’s also accumulated five X Games medals since the start of his career, including most recently taking silver at Global X Games Barcelona RallyCross in 2013.
In addition to his performance in the car, Block has been a driving force in shedding light on the sport of rally within the United States. His keen branding and marketing acumen, combined with his talents and skills behind the wheel, has also allowed Block to achieve global fame as a rally driver through his wildly successful viral Gymkhana series of videos. With all nine of his Gymkhana videos (plus all associated edits) clocking in at over 500 million views on the franchise in total, they have helped put Block in front of eyeballs around the world. The franchise has also racked up several awards, including making the top 10 viral video charts by Ad Age, as well as the One Show Interactive Gold Pencil Award in the category of Online Films & Video/Long Form - Single, for excellence in an advertising campaign.
In January 2010, Block formed the Monster World Rally Team and signed with Ford to pursue his dreams of racing in the World Rally Championship and in doing so, became one of only four Americans to ever score points in the WRC (more Americans have actually landed on the moon than scored points in the WRC). Additionally, his signing with Ford included campaigning domestically in racing (Global RallyCross Championship, X Games and Rally America), as well as continuing with his Gymkhana driving. In 2012, Block re-named his team Hoonigan Racing Division, with the goal to further push the boundaries of motorsports marketing. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Block dedicated himself to competing in the Global Rallycross Championship, finishing second overall in 2015, all while continuing to create installments in his Gymkhana video franchise, most recently with Gymkhana NINE: Raw Industrial Playground.
For 2016, Block will be racing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship in his all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car, as well as the Gymkhana GRID final in Europe and creating a few video projects.
ANDREAS BAKKERUD #13
Andreas Bakkerud got his start in racing when he started competing in karting at the age of eight. When he turned 15 he swapped over to rallycross. He took second in the Norwegian Rallycross Championship in 2009 and third place in the Super1600 European Rallycross Championship in 2010. He won the FIA European Rallycross Championship in Super1600 in both 2011 and 2012.
Bakkerud then moved into the Supercar category in 2013, finishing fourth in the championship after event wins in Sweden and France. In 2014 he won two events and played a pivotal role in helping his team win the FIA Teams’ Championship title. In 2015 he took a win at World RX of Italy, finishing the season 4th overall in the championship points.
For 2016 Andreas Bakkerud has joined Block as Hoonigan Racing Division's second driver in the all-new Ford Focus RS RX rallycross car.