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!