Ken Block ( born November 21, 1967 in Long Beach, California) is an American Rally and Rallycross driver, co-founder of DC Shoes brand and multiple medalist at the X Games. Block and his wife Lucy Block 3 children. His closest friend, among other Rob Dyrdek and Travis Pastrana.
Block, the highly successful runs in the Rally America series since 2005, came by Travis Pastrana for rallying and was in his first season Rookie of the Year. From 2005 to 2009 he competed in the Rally America for the Subaru Rally Team USA in a Subaru Impreza. Since 2007, Ken Block also started in some WRC rallies. However, large successes, he has been able to achieve only in the Rally America. Ken Block's Rally cars are always foiled consuming.
In early January, 2010, the Ford team announced that block in the World Rally season 2010 is to travel several inserts in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Championship ( WRC). His first start was at the Rally Mexico, where he had a slight accident. His best World Cup result of the season in 2010 with a total of seven starts, was a ninth place in the Rally of Catalonia. He also began his Monster World Rally Team in the Rally America series in a Ford Fiesta from OlsbergsMSE team from Sweden.
In the 2011 season he starts with his team again in the World Rally Championship. As one could successfully made its first appearance in this year not call. After ten completed WRC rallies already 25 driver championship points were scored in the Drivers' World Championship, of which 12 drivers in the lower classes. The launching in the strongest class block had up to this point no points. In the Rally of Portugal in 2011 did not make it block at the start of the rally, as it already when, as a shake down designated warm-up had a serious accident. The Rallye de France in 2011, he scored eighth place his best result in the WRC and its first championship points. At season's end he reached the 22th place in the Drivers' World Championship with six championship points. 2012 succeeded block in the Rally Mexico and Rally New Zealand out down 2 points each. He was in the standings 28 of 36 evaluated drivers. In 2013 he reached 7th place in Mexico, so far his best finish in the WRC.
American media against block was confirmed in the autumn of 2011 that he is thinking about withdrawing from the World Rally Championship and a commitment to the American Global Rallycross Championship 2012, which, however, he did not complete. After the completed six rounds of the series, he finished 5th overall, which was won by his fellow Tanner Foust. For GRC includes the automotive competition in the X-Games. Here he showed his best performance when he on July 1 in Los Angeles in the finals on the 2nd place behind winner Sébastien Loeb finish line, even though it had burst a tire about half of the race went.
Ken Block Gymkhana runs tournaments and marketed in this elaborately staged video productions. Block gymkhana videos have been over 200 million times clicked. Since the year 2008 he published every summer a new Gymkhana video. His most successful video is more than 50 million clicks Gymkhana Three from the year 2010. Gymkhana Five For the video part of the inner city of San Francisco has been locked. This video reached in just 24 hours over 5.1 million views and thus became the most successful YouTube video within a week. Ken Block has made known to the gymkhana sports and is revered by many for his fans. In 2007, he was drifting in a Subaru Impreza along with snowboarders in a snow park in the snow. In 2009 he showed James May in the British car show Top Gear some gymkhana tricks
Damon Way and Ken Block DC Shoes founded in 1993 in California. Since then, the company specializes in the manufacture of footwear, apparel and accessories in the areas of skateboarding, snowboarding, BMX and motorcycle. 2004, the brand was acquired by Quiksilver.
Sponsorship and Consulting
In the video games Colin McRae DiRT 2 and DiRT 3 Block worked as a technical consultant. Furthermore, he advertises on his cars and his clothes intensively for the Dirt games.
Since 2013 block for Electronic Arts is a consultant for the Need for Speed racing game series worked.
Rally America Results
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