February 23rd, 2007
Subaru Rally Team USA driver and 2006 Rally America National Championship runner-up Ken Block announced today an expansion to his 2007 rally program that will see him contest five International events in addition to contesting the full 2007 Rally America National Championship. Block’s confirmed International rounds include Word Rally Championship events in Mexico and New Zealand plus hree rounds in the New Zealand Rally Championship. Block’s expanded program is made possible in part by increased support from sponsor Monster Energy Drink and continued support from Subaru of America, Inc.
Block’s 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car, run by Subaru Rally Team USA, will debut a new, black color scheme of Monster Energy Drink at this weekend’s Missouri based 100 Acre Wood Rally, Round 2 of the 2007 Rally America National Championship. Block enters the Rally in he 100 Acre Wood event as favorite to win having taken victory on the event, the first rally win of his career, in 2006.
Block currently leads 100 Acre Wood Rally after the first day of competition, after winning four of the day’s five stages and amassing a lead of 26 seconds.
At the Corona Rally Mexico (March 9-11), a round of the World Rally Championship, Block will compete in the Group N class alongside Travis Pastrana, his Subaru Rally Team USA teammate. “Monster has really stepped up their support of my efforts and are fully behind what I’m doing in rally. Their help will further advance my rally career in 2007,” says Block.
Block will also be heading to other side of the world, to New Zealand, where he will drive a Group N Subaru with Sam Murray’s RallyfaNZ team in four rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship, including WRC New Zealand. The New Zealand program is made possible through sponsorship from Fram.
Block will continue to work alongside his veteran co-driver Alex Gelsomino.
Block’s newly launched website, www.ken-block.com will feature exclusive news, videos and photos of his expanded 2007 rally program including event schedules.
For further team news and photos please visit www.rally.subaru.com.
Subaru Rally Team USA is proudly supported by DC Shoes, BFGoodrich Tires, STI (Subaru Tecnica International), SPT (Subaru Performance Tuning), Alpinestars, Motul, PIAA, Recaro, and Vermont SportsCar.