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Ken Block

Hoonigan Racing Division

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Ford Fiesta ST Ford Fiesta ST

Driver Info

Ken Block @kblock43
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Highlights:

  • 2014: 10 starts, 2 wins, 6 podiums, 16 heat wins, 376 points, 2nd overall (Supercars)
  • 2013: 9 starts, 1 win, 3 podiums, 11 heat wins, 115 points, 3rd overall (Supercars)
  • 2012: 6 starts, 1 podium, 3 heat wins, 58 points, 5th overall (Supercars)
  • 2011: 2 starts, best finish 9th, 10 points, 23rd overall (Supercars)
  • CAREER: 27 starts, 3 wins, 10 podiums, 30 heat wins, 561 points (Supercars)

Bio:

Five points. That’s all that kept Ken Block from winning last year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross title.

That’s one finishing position over the entire course of the season, and it came down to the wire in the season finale in Las Vegas. For the second straight year, Block dominated the event, posting a perfect 56-point race on the way to the win. But when Joni Wiman jumped past Scott Speed and Bucky Lasek to go from fourth to second in the final, what would have been a five-point advantage turned into a five-point deficit, with nowhere further ahead for Block to go.

Still, take out the rollover in Barbados—which came in a fight for the lead with Wiman—and the joker lane contact in Seattle, and Block was perhaps the best driver in the series last year. Leading the series with 16 heat wins and six podiums, the “Head Hoonigan in Charge” showed up as a favorite for the win every weekend. He also posted the first perfect weekend under the current race format in Charlotte: the top seed in qualifying, plus wins in both heats, the semifinal, and the final.

The blueprint for success in 2015 is simple: Block needs to keep doing what made him successful last year. He’ll need to minimize the points effect of bad races—even mid-pack finishes in off races would make a difference—but it’s hard not to crown him as the championship favorite.