Gentlemen, start your engines. The Monster World Rally Team has announced its full schedule for the 2011 season, and there's plenty of impending action to drool over.
Speaking of drooling, there's a video of the the all-new Monster Energy Ford Fiesta RS WRC that Ken Block will be using to contest the World Rally Championship along with Summer X Games, Gymkhana GRID, and select RallyCar rallies and RallyCross events in the United States. Oh yeah, and there's more than just automotive eye candy in the video you'll find after the break, if you know what we mean... nudge nudge, wink wink.
Says Block, "We even have a few top-secret projects in the works. I'm a lucky bastard to be doing all this, it's going to be an amazing year!" Lucky indeed.
For those interested in more, this is said to be the first video in a three-part series. Part two is scheduled to be released on February 9th, so stay tuned for that. Click past the break to watch this first video and to see the full slate of appearances for 2011.
[Source: Monster World Rally Team]
Ken Block and the Monster World Rally Team are upping the ante for 2011 with a bigger and broader schedule of races and events. In addition to taking on more WRC rounds this year in the all-new Monster Energy Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Block will also be competing in Summer X Games, Gymkhana GRID, and select RallyCar rallies and RallyCross events in the United States.
"2011 is going to be really big for me and the Monster World Rally Team," says Block "We're doing more WRC races this year, kicking off the Gymkhana World Tour, racing in Summer X Games, filming Gymkhana 4, plus hitting up a lot of other rally-related events worldwide. We even have a few top-secret projects in the works. I'm a lucky bastard to be doing all this, it's going to be an amazing year!"
Teasing the season, MWRT is releasing a three-part video series. The first of the clips reveals the all-new 2011 Monster Energy Ford Fiesta RS WRC with its freshly updated livery. The Fortum Ski Tunnel in Torsby, Sweden set the background for this clip while the Monster Girls provided some additional eye candy.
In the second clip, being released February 9th, Block candidly answers questions posed by fans on Facebook, ranging from his favorite moments of the 2010 season, to what he's looking forward to in 2011 and what his personal expectations are of himself during his second year of WRC development, as well as what it's like to be going into a brand-new chassis.
The last clip focuses solely on what the fans are pining for: snow-slinging, sideways action of Block in the Fiesta WRC for the first time ever during his pre-Rally Sweden test. This final clip will be released on February 10th.
In addition, Block and the Monster World Rally Team are also pleased to announce three new sponsors for the 2011 season. Joining Monster Energy, Ford, DC Shoes, Pirelli, Dirt3, Spy Optics, Hoonigan, Ryno Organics and Alpinestars will be Mobil 1 Extended Performance, Traxxas and GoPro.
The Ken Block and Monster World Rally Team 2011 schedule:
WRC Rally Sweden: February 10-13
WRC Corona Rally Mexico: March 3-6
Goodwood Press Day: March 17
WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal: March 24-27
WRC Rally Argentina: May 26-29
Weston Festival of Speed: June 3-5
Goodwood Festival of Speed: July 1-3
X Games 17: July 25-30
WRC ADAC Rally Deutschland: August 18-21
WRC Rally Australia: September 8-11
WRC Rallye de France: September 29-October 2
WRC RACC Rally de Espana: October 20-23
SEMA 2011: November 1-4
WRC Wales Rally GB: November 10-13
Select RallyCar events
Select RallyCross events
Gymkhana World Tour Australia
Gymkhana World Tour Los Angeles
Gymkhana World Tour Austria
Three top-secret events to be announced
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 and his "Gymkhana THREE; Part 2 Ultimate Playground; l'Autodrome" the No. 6 Viral Video of 2010. In January 2010, he signed with Ford to campaign 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 team is supported by Monster Energy, Ford Motor Company, DC Shoes, Mobil 1 Extended Performance, Traxxas Pirelli Tires, the Dirt3 videogame, Spy Optics, Hoonigan, Ryno Organics and Alpinestars.
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