Several weeks ago, its was revealed that Ken Block, a pro rally driver who later became an internet sensation because of his daring stunts behind the wheel, died after he was involved in a snowmobile accident at the age of 55, according to his team Hoonigan Racing.
"It's with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today," Hoonigan said in a statement on Instagram. "Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And most importantly, a father and husband.
He will be incredibly missed." During the accident, Block was riding along a steep slope in Utah's Wasatch County when the snowmobile he was riding upended and fell on top of him. According to the Sheriff's Office, Block was riding on a steep slope at the time of the accident.
"He was pronounced deceased at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident," they said in a statement, adding that he was riding in a group but was alone when the accident occurred. Block started rallying in 2005 and was named the Rookie of the Year in the Rally America Championship shortly after he started rallying.
There are several rallycross medals he won at the X Games as part of his participation in the World Rally Championship.
Background of Rally Racing for Ken Block
Block is the founder of DC Shoes and began rally racing in the USA in 2005 as part of the Rally America series.
He also participated in the World Rally Championship and signed with Ford, now known as the Monster World Rally Team, in 2010. This association allowed him to compete in the Global Rallycross Championship, which was rebranded as the Hoonigan Racing Division in 2012.
Block placed second in 2015 and moved to the FIA World Rallycross Championship the following year. Recently, he has been competing in the American Rally, narrowly missing the title last year. Block was famous for his Gymkhana videos, in which he drove modified cars and performed impressive stunts at high speeds.
These videos were filmed in various locations around the world and have received over 500 million views. In early 2021, Block announced that Hoonigan was ending its partnership with Ford and signed a deal with Audi to focus on high-performance electric cars.
This resulted in the release of the first Electrikhana video in October, featuring Block driving the Hoonitron, his electric S1 rally car concept, in Las Vegas.