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Ken Block takes 2nd at GRC Daytona
BLOCK DOMINATES GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHARLOTTE
Congrats to DC’s Ken Block who coming off of a podium finish last week at GRC New York, stormed into Charlotte this past weekend focused on one thing: Taking first place. And he did so, masterfully dominating the entire weekend at the track.
Block qualified first overall on Friday afternoon, setting himself up nicely for his heats later that day. Block then took control of both heats, establishing himself as the man to beat on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Dirt Track. By taking first in both of Friday night’s heats—as well as being the top qualifier that morning—Block headed into Saturday’s main events in solid position.
Saturday saw Block return to the dirt and continue to give lessons on being fast on a loose surface. Utilizing his skills acquired through years of stage rally racing, Block laid down a masterful performance on Saturday, winning his semi-final by four seconds and absolutely dominating the field in the final by taking the overall win by seven seconds.
“This was an awesome weekend of rallycross for myself,” said Block. “My team did an amazing job getting my Ford Fiesta ST RX43 ready for racing here on this track and it felt great to be racing on more gravel and dirt instead of mostly tarmac. I’m really at home on surfaces like this and I think it showed with both my results and how quickly we got car setup for this course. I’m absolutely stoked on winning here and it feels great to build on my podium finish last weekend in New York. Hopefully I can continue that trend when we hit Daytona next month and keep scoring points in this championship.”
In the modern era of Global Rallycross with the format now being qualifying, two rounds of heats, a semi-final and a final, Block is the first driver in the history of the sport to take first in all five aspects of the race weekend. With his win, Block moves up to 5th overall in the 2014 GRC points standings (only 9 points out of 3rd place) with five races left to go.
Ken Block x Keep a Breast
DC Shoes athlete Ken Block is partnering with The Keep A Breast Foundation to raise money through the auction of limited edition DC driving shoes. The auction will be open to international supporters through keep-a-breast.org, driving global awareness of breast cancer.
“DC Shoes and Ken Block have been long time supporters of The Keep A Breast Foundation,” said Shaney Jo Darden, founder of The Keep A Breast Foundation. “We are so grateful for people like Ken who go the extra mile to support causes they believe in. This partnership is an authentic and inspiring way to give back and bring the rally car community together for something so meaningful.”
Block and DC Shoes worked with Keep A Breast to design the all-pink custom shoe, featuring the organizations “I Heart Boobies” mantra. Block will wear one of the nine pairs at each of the remaining Global Rallycross race this year (kicking off with summer X Games in Austin, TX this weekend), with the worn pair being set for auction on keep-a-breast.org following the race. Fans will have the opportunity to donate to Keep A Breast to gain raffle tickets for each GRC race. One raffle ticket will be given for every $5 donation, offering an increased chance to win with a greater donation amount.
Following the final race of the series, all participants will have a chance to win the grand prize of a ride along with Block in his rally car. The Global Rallycross race series schedule is as follows:
- GRC Charlotte 7/26/14 - GRC Detroit 8/3/14 - GRC Daytona 8/23/14 - GRC Los Angeles 9/20/14 - GRC Seattle 9/27/14 - GRC Las Vegas 11/5/14
"I'm really excited about this partnership between myself, DC Shoes and The Keep A Breast Foundation," said Block. "Keep A Breast is a great organization and their work is truly inspiring. They're offering programs and support for young women that have been impacted by breast cancer and are also making sure that they market themselves in a way that gets the attention of a younger generation, helping generate greater awareness. In my mind this partnership was a no-brainer for me and I'm glad that DC felt the same way and that we were able to put this program together. Hopefully these shoes help generate a lot of donations!"
Visit the DC Shoes Facebook page for further details on how to donate to win Block’s limited edition Keep A Breast driving shoe, and for the full auction schedule. Fans can join the conversation on social media with #DCxKBxKeepABreast.
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