March 1, 2010, León, Mexico—Directly off their fifth consecutive win at the Rally America 100 Acre Wood Rally, Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino are set for the Monster World Rally Teamʼs first WRC race at Rally Mexico this week.
“Iʼm super stoked to be down here, getting ready to race this week, especially after taking my fifth win at the 100 Acre Wood Rally,” says Ken Block. “I just wish I couldʼve done more than one day of testing in the Ford Focus RS before jumping in the ring with the worldʼs best drivers this weekend at Rally Mexico. But this is my development year, not that I wonʼt be going flat where I can, but I realize that I have a bit to learn before becoming a really competitive driver in the WRC.”
In preparation for Rally Mexico, the Monster World Rally Team traveled to the Greystoke Forest, near the M-Sport headquarters in Cumbria, England, two weeks ago, for Ken and Alexʼs first and only test in the Ford Focus RS WRC. In the morning, the drivers were greeted with snow-covered roads and below freezing temperatures. Not exactly ideal conditions for Mexico testing. The day was shaping up to be a repeat of a previously aborted test that was snowed out, but the midday sun came out to melt the ice and frost, allowing the team to successfully put in a much needed 170km of seat time before their inaugural WRC Event.
“Testing the Focus RS WRC was one of the best days Iʼve spent in a rally car,” adds Ken. “Itʼs just an amazing machine with so much capability. Now I just need to learn how to exploit all of it.”
Watch the MWRT Mexico Test video clip:
About Ken Block:
Ken Blockʼs rally career began in 2005. His skill and car control became quickly apparent and Block aptly nabbed Rookie of the Year in the Rally America Championship. Since then, Block has continued to race in the series, boasting a healthy number of podium appearances, as well as X Games medals. In addition to his performance in the car, Block has been a driving force in shedding light on the sport within the United States. Block co-founded DC Shoes, a worldwide leader in performance skateboarding shoes and a renowned action sports brand. His keen branding and marketing acumen not only elevated DC to their current eminent status, but has allowed Block to achieve global fame as a national rally driver through his wildly successful viral video campaigns. Ad Age named his “Gymkhana TWO” the No. 4 Viral Video of 2009. In January 2010, Block signed with Ford Motor Company to campaign both the Rally America series and the World Rally Championship, being the first American to do so.
About Monster World Rally Team:
Created and assembled by Ken Block, the object of the Monster World Rally Team is to redefine the race-team archetype. The team is driven not only to win, but to also market motorsport through innovative, creative and interactive ways. The goal: To become the best- known team in the WRC and bring rally to the masses along the way.