Ken Block killed in Snowmobile accident

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 loss of life 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 might 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 turned a free agent after an 11-year partnership with the Ford Motor Firm got here to an finish.

Block fashioned the Monster World Rally Crew in January 2010 and signed with Ford to pursue his desires 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 along with his Gymkhana driving. 

In 2012, Block re-named his staff Hoonigan Racing Division, with the objective to additional push the boundaries of motorsports advertising and marketing. 

In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Block competed within the World Rallycross Championship, ending second total in 2015. 

In 2016 Block moved to racing full-time within the FIA World Rallycross Championship which he did for the complete 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The 12 months 2020 was an enormous one for Block and his Ford automobiles. He took the general win at Rally Barbados in a WRC2 Ford Fiesta, gained his class (and third total) at Rally Legend in San Marino in his Ford Escort Cossie V2, and he additionally gained 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 collection,- Hoonicorn Vs The World. Spanning 11 episodes, the collection 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 collection has been seen greater than 34 million occasions 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 mentioned that it was a fantastic partnership that noticed him racing all around the world, accumulating half a billion views from Gymkhana THREE to Gymkhana TEN, creating the Emmy nominated collection 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 an adolescent. I’m tremendous appreciative to Ford for the help over time,” he mentioned.