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Ken Block has teamed up with 16 year old Jax Redline to take on this years SCORE Baja 1000.  Ken is well known for many things in the automotive world but racing a Trophy Truck isn’t one of them.  Jax took Ken out for his first drive in the truck back in May and Hoonigan is producing this 8 part series about Ken’s road to the Baja 1000.

Ken will also be teaching Jax how to drive rally as a way to expand his driving skillset.  Jax will be racing the New England Forest Rally and will be learning to drive in Ken’s Cossie V2 (Ford Escort Cosworth) which has been re-wrapped to match Ken’s Subaru STI and Tuthill Porsche Safari 911 rally car.

Stay tuned for next episode where the Trophy Truck is revealed on July 29th.
Ken Block’s Cossie V2 renderings by Ash Thorp:


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Super excited to see that energy towards Baja.

Bringing Rally pace notes etiquette into desert racing is 100% the way to go. AGM with Armin, Marten and Brian have done this in the past. Its like a legal cheat-code and I am surprised that it has not become the way of desert racing.
 
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They are running with the Ampudias, right? How do you think they'll do? The Ampudias have already won a Baja 1000, so the real question is, will Ken Block be up to speed by November? He has never raced in trophy trucks, so it might be kind of a learning curve for him.
 

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Super excited to see that energy towards Baja.

Bringing Rally pace notes etiquette into desert racing is 100% the way to go. AGM with Armin, Marten and Brian have done this in the past. Its like a legal cheat-code and I am surprised that it has not become the way of desert racing.

I think Ken should have a talk with Brian. He mentioned that his section is 400 miles like its to much to make notes for...
 

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They are running with the Ampudias, right? How do you think they'll do? The Ampudias have already won a Baja 1000, so the real question is, will Ken Block be up to speed by November? He has never raced in trophy trucks, so it might be kind of a learning curve for him.
Ken can drive but I don't see a podium finish. Dudes are just too inexperienced at Baja.
 

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Toby/Nassar kind of shook that idea up a bit though, no?
Good point and I guess that's fair BUT I'm not gonna easily say Block is on the Nassar level. He's probably better at viral videos though.
 

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Have ya ever looked at the action sports guys Monster sponsors and then the ones Red Bull sponsors?

The Red Bull guys seem to have more talent.
Lewis Hamilton called and he is offended, he will pit maneuver you for this.
But I agree, I like Ken Block, but I fear he doesn't have the experience to win the Baja 1000. I think the Ampudias had a better chance by themselves. Let's remember they were the ones who spared desert racing an embarrassment when Nasser beat all of the most experienced teams... no desert racer has been able to beat the Raid drivers at their own game (still miss Robby battling his nemesis, Peterhansel at the Dakar), but Nasser and Toby came and almost did it on the first try.
However, I think the Ampudias did it more for sponsorship rather than for having a better chance at winning the 1000. In that regard, it was a good decision, Ken Block will surely bring more money for the local team (I'm sure they aren't the biggest team in terms of $$$, not even close to some others)

Now that we are talking about Rally drivers, whatever happened to Tanner Foust's VW truck? They were supposed to race last year, but then COVID happened. What about this year?
Will Nasser come back?
Will Jenson Button? (I guess he is too busy with the electric off road series now)
 

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Lewis Hamilton called and he is offended, he will pit maneuver you for this.
But I agree, I like Ken Block, but I fear he doesn't have the experience to win the Baja 1000. I think the Ampudias had a better chance by themselves. Let's remember they were the ones who spared desert racing an embarrassment when Nasser beat all of the most experienced teams... no desert racer has been able to beat the Raid drivers at their own game (still miss Robby battling his nemesis, Peterhansel at the Dakar), but Nasser and Toby came and almost did it on the first try.
However, I think the Ampudias did it more for sponsorship rather than for having a better chance at winning the 1000. In that regard, it was a good decision, Ken Block will surely bring more money for the local team (I'm sure they aren't the biggest team in terms of $$$, not even close to some others)

Now that we are talking about Rally drivers, whatever happened to Tanner Foust's VW truck? They were supposed to race last year, but then COVID happened. What about this year?
Will Nasser come back?
Will Jenson Button? (I guess he is too busy with the electric off road series now)
if im correct rhys millen and tanner would race, but VW cut all ICE motorsport support and they going all electric.

think they do well, team, prep, logistics and drivers its a formula, so ampudia and jax had some good chase and pit support, they do well, and dont forget a penninsula run its a different animal compared to a loop race in my opinion.
 
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