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#1 cmiller

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 12:30 AM

Ken Block will be driving a Ford Fiesta in the Rally America series and a Ford Focus in the WRC for 2010. The article here. That leaves Subaru with Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra for the 2010 rally calendar.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 12:56 AM

This was rumored a couple of months ago. I heard he was teaming with Chris Atkinson. If this is true it should be entertaining to say the least!

Makes sense why they brought Mira in then doesn't it?

Edited by Qman, 06 January 2010 - 01:04 AM.


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Posted 06 January 2010 - 02:04 AM

More proof...


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Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:04 AM

Here's another good article.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 12:10 PM

I've been watching the WRC this year, and it gets boring with only 2 types of cars to watch. Hi def rally is hard to turn away from though. :)
But good for KB.
He'll learn as most college bball stars do when they hit the NBA. They may have been men among boys, but become boys among the men. The top WRC drivers have it in their blood, it takes more than just balls to be successful there.
He doesn't seem to be a very friendly guy, we'll see how well Europeans accept him.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 08:47 PM

I've been watching the WRC this year, and it gets boring with only 2 types of cars to watch. Hi def rally is hard to turn away from though. :)
But good for KB.
He'll learn as most college bball stars do when they hit the NBA. They may have been men among boys, but become boys among the men. The top WRC drivers have it in their blood, it takes more than just balls to be successful there.
He doesn't seem to be a very friendly guy, we'll see how well Europeans accept him.


I agree with it being somewhat boring only having 2 cars. This next season will be interesting with block and atkinson being in the mix.

I don't think it will matter how friendly he is. All I have heard about Loeb is that he's a wongleflute in person and everyone thinks he's awesome just because he wins all the time.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 04:18 PM

kind of a shame as block seems like he is very talented and has alot of room to grow. I honestly think he was a better fit for subaru. I wonder what facilitated the change and if it was a financial decision. Reminds me of mcrae in a very odd way.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 07:13 PM

kind of a shame as block seems like he is very talented and has alot of room to grow. I honestly think he was a better fit for subaru. I wonder what facilitated the change and if it was a financial decision. Reminds me of mcrae in a very odd way.


Seriously? It gets him a seat in the WRC. No brainer!

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 01:15 AM

Yeah, I would drive a Yugo if that got me into the WRC. Most drivers don't care what they're driving as long as they're able to compete and get paid. At least he isn't driving for Citroen haha.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 06:50 PM

I guess but you would think all the advertising he does for dc and plus the events that he would be making decent cash. WRC is great but I think if maybe he would have pressured subaru he could have made it.
I am happy for him but I would rather he was driving my brand. He's very talented and I just hope ford treats him right.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 07:52 PM

Subaru isn't going anytime soon from what I hear. I am sure he'll do fine financially and driving. There will be a growing period though.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:41 PM

I can't believe how many people are so vastly misinformed about Ken Block. Especially considering how so many have such drastic opinions about his coming or going. Ken Block doesn't "advertise" for DC shoes. He is not a paid promotore endorsing their product. He owns the damn company. He put his own butt in a Subaru he bought with his own money that he earned himself. It's not like Subaru got ahold of him one day, and started backing him; THEN he became a great driver. The earliest cars were bought and paid for with money he made by OWNING DC shoes. Subaru was not Ken Blocks magic ingredient to success. He started with a WRX probably because he liked it, but at either rate, he forked over the cash, and spent the time to MAKE HIMSELF an accomplished driver.

He doesn't need any more money, he's quite obviously doing this because it's something he's passionate about.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 04:06 PM

Actually, he OWNED DC shoes. He sold it long ago. He did buy his car and had the support of Subaru. As far as money... to say that someone does not need any more money seems somewhat short sighted. Especially since you do not know him or his drive. And, when he started he wasn't that good. He spent time at Oneil's school. He improved himself from there. He still has times when he takes unneccessary risks that take him out of contention. He will learn that finishing is more important than finishing first.

I know Ken Block. I have spoken with him many times. He is very passionate about rally. But, he is young in the sport. And as such, there are growing pains.

If you continually use your own money to fund a race team you eventually run out of money. The fastest way to make a million dollars racing is to start with two!

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:10 PM

^I think you get and understand my point. You actually continued to explain it. The people that think he hopped in bed with Ford, and bailed out on all the sweetness Subaru alegedly "gave" him are greatly mistaken.
Block is a self made star, and as you said about his drive to become better; that is his motivation. It's not like he's making millions on the transfer from Subaru to Ford. Those that think this is a money thing are greatly mistaken. The guy wants to race, and the fact that he started off by putting himself in a car he bought, and training so hard show that that's all he really cares about. Not so much the money. If he were after money; he'd probably just join Nascar.... :lol:

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:30 PM

^I think you get and understand my point. You actually continued to explain it. The people that think he hopped in bed with Ford, and bailed out on all the sweetness Subaru alegedly "gave" him are greatly mistaken.
Block is a self made star, and as you said about his drive to become better; that is his motivation. It's not like he's making millions on the transfer from Subaru to Ford. Those that think this is a money thing are greatly mistaken. The guy wants to race, and the fact that he started off by putting himself in a car he bought, and training so hard show that that's all he really cares about. Not so much the money. If he were after money; he'd probably just join Nascar.... :lol:



I agree with everything and before you put me in the catagory of uninformed, i know he owned dc shoes and sold it regardless he still reps it hard. The point I was trying to make is this, he has already advertised dc shoes in his subaru he is obviously a talented driver regardless of wrc expieriance YOU would THINK subaru would be chomping at the bit to get this guy a seat. Thats all i was saying.

on a side note how do you think pastran is going to do without a role model to up his game?

edit: sidenote why do you think mr.block decked his scoob out in subaru clothes if he wasnt gunning for a seat with subaru? he could have just left that out and done whatever with the car graphically? I mean we all know its a subaru..

Edited by ishada, 16 February 2010 - 08:32 PM.


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Posted 17 February 2010 - 09:19 PM

^ I have no doubt that Block enjoyed his time in his Subaru, and respected the car greatly. I don't know the guy from Adam, but, it isn't hard to tell he liked the cars. Like I said earlier, the earliest cars were bought and paid for on his own dime. That makes it pretty obvious that he would have picked something he liked.

I think he's going with Ford because he wants to go to the big show, and that just isn't going to happen with Subaru. As unfortunate as it is; that's the reality of auto racing. It's a crappy world where manufacturers sometimes make decisions that passionate followers will never understand. Subaru, for whatever reason, decided to remove themselves from the mix. That makes it really hard to drive a Subaru in WRC. :mad:

I was bummed when my favorite driver landed in a Toyota. It was a completely political situation influenced by money, and teams jockying for position. That unfortunately is a BIG part of major race teams. Fortunately my favorite driver had the money, drive, and reputation to make his own team, and get back in a GM where he belonged. The reality is that just isn't at all realistic for most drivers trying to make a name for themselves. Sometimes you just have to drive what's available, and try to make your way back to your preferred brand name when you make yourself valuable enough... :rolleyes:

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 03:45 AM

I was rather disgusted when that happened too 3eyedwagon, but I'm happy
he's in a car he likes again.

And as for Block getting in with Ford, I expect him to get trampled until he gets
his WRC legs under him.
And I will be watching the whole time :popcorn: :lol:
Oh, and I'm no Ford fan, but if they get support from Cosworth I suspect he will
do very well car-wise.

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