The Ford Fiesta had a memorable debut at the X Games in 2009, winning gold and taking bronze in its first X Games rally competition. This year the Ford Fiesta will return to defend its title with an all-star four-man driver lineup that includes Ford rally superstar Ken Block at X Games 16 in Los Angeles, July 29 to Aug. 1.
Block will be joined by last year’s trio of gold medal winner Kenny Brack, bronze medal winner Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan, who edged Block in a quarterfinal matchup in 2009.
Block, the 2005 Rally America Rookie of the Year and three-time medalist at X Games, has cultivated a tremendous following among the action sports community with his Gymkhana videos on YouTube and his push-the-limits approach to rally racing. Block partnered with Ford earlier this year and is running the Fiesta in Rally America and the Focus RS in the World Rally Championship (WRC).
Block proved that not only is the all-new Ford Fiesta fun to drive and easy to maneuver, but it is also reliably fast as he piloted the Monster World Rally Team Fiesta to victory at the 2010 Rally America 100 Acre Wood Rally. It marked the first win for Fiesta in a North American stage rally and the first for a Fiesta in Rally America competition.
Check out this video clip of Block testing the Fiesta race car.
A 60-second ad featuring Block accomplishing everyday errands, such as taking out the trash, going grocery shopping, and dropping mail in the mailbox – all in his Monster World Rally Team Fiesta will debut on ESPN July 29 2010. The ad is intended to help viewers get excited for ESPN X Games 16, which will have plenty of Fiesta-packed action as Ford looks to defend its X Games title. There is also a contest, which you can click here to visit rockitlikeblock.com to learn more about.
Also returning to X Games in a Fiesta is the man everyone will be trying to beat, 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack, who made his X Games debut and won the rally competition. Brack will again race the Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution (MSE) Fiesta representing the Swedish team that supplies Ford customer rally programs in Rally America and in European Rallycross.
ROCKSTAR Energy Drink drivers Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan also return to X Games this year in the Ford Fiesta.
Foust took his race-prepared 2010 Fiesta five-door hatchback to a bronze medal finish last year, narrowly losing in the semifinal to Brack. He continues racing the Fiesta as he runs a limited schedule in European Rallycross with Andreas Eriksson and Olsbergs MSE. Foust is an accomplished driver, having won in a wide array of motorsport series and disciplines including X Games, rally, drift, ice racing and time attack. His career is highlighted with a track record of multiple podium placements and national championships.
Foust’s ROCKSTAR teammate and Moto superstar Brian Deegan finished last year’s X Games with a strong fourth place finish. A 10-time medalist at the X Games, including three gold medals for Moto X Best Trick (2002, 2003 and 2005), Deegan is now in his second year in X Games rally competition.
This year the rally competition at X Games will be comprised of two competitions: Rally Car Racing and SuperRally, a European-style Rallycross, where four cars will race simultaneously against each other. The Ford foursome of Block, Brack, Deegan and Foust will drive their Fiestas in both competitions.