DC Shoe co-founder and Hoonigan Racing Division proprietor and rally driver Ken Block was killed on the weekend in a snowmobile accident in Utah.
Hoonigan Racing Division confirmed his dying on its web site and requested folks to respect the household’s privateness. He leaves a widow, Lucy, and a 16-year-old daughter Lia.
“Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most significantly, a father and husband. He can be extremely missed,” Hoonigan Racing Division says.
Blockʼs motor sport profession started in 2005, nabbing Rookie of the Yr that season within the Rally America Championship.
In January 2021 Block grew to become a free agent after an 11-year partnership with the Ford Motor Firm got here to an finish.
Block fashioned the Monster World Rally Staff in January 2010 and signed with Ford to pursue his goals of racing within the World Rally Championship.
His signing with Ford included campaigning domestically in racing (World RallyCross Championship, X Video games and Rally America), in addition to persevering with together with his Gymkhana driving.
In 2012, Block re-named his group Hoonigan Racing Division, with the purpose to additional push the boundaries of motorsports advertising.
In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Block competed within the World Rallycross Championship, ending second general in 2015.
In 2016 Block moved to racing full-time within the FIA World Rallycross Championship which he did for the total 2016 and 2017 seasons.
The yr 2020 was a giant one for Block and his Ford automobiles. He took the general win at Rally Barbados in a WRC2 Ford Fiesta, received his class (and third general) at Rally Legend in San Marino in his Ford Escort Cossie V2, and he additionally received the primary ever Projekt E race of the FIA World RallyCross Championship in Holjes, Sweden, in a Ford Fiesta.
Together with profitable races, Block and Hoonigan launched the all-new viral video sequence,- Hoonicorn Vs The World. Spanning 11 episodes, the sequence options Ken racing his 1965 Ford Mustang RTR Hoonicorn towards quite a lot of wild automobiles together with a McLaren Senna and the World’s Quickest Donk. The sequence has been considered greater than 34 million instances since launch.
The partnership introduced 19 race wins plus 17 different podium finishes, 2 X Video games medals, nicely over a billion video views throughout Block’s social media platforms, and the primary ever World Rally Championship factors scored for the model by an American driver.
Block stated that it was an excellent partnership that noticed him racing all around the world, accumulating half a billion views from Gymkhana THREE to Gymkhana TEN, creating the Emmy nominated sequence The Gymkhana Information for Amazon Prime – together with constructing a fleet of Fords together with the AWD Mustang Hoonicorn and F-150 Hoonitruck.
“It’s merely been a dream come true to work with the corporate that constructed the truck that my Dad drove once I was a young person. I’m tremendous appreciative to Ford for the help over time,” he stated.