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The Long Beach native will flaunt his abilities on the sport's biggest stage this season in joining the World Rally Championship series. With backing from Ford, Block hopes to become the first American to compete full time in the WRC, which is the rally equivalent to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series.

The jump will complete a fast ride for Block, who has been racing Rally America only since 2005. Block learned of the series from X Games competitor Travis Pastrana.

USA's Block to race on rally circuit - USATODAY.com
 

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Didn't Subaru pull out of the WRC at the end of last season?
I can't say I blame him. If you get a chance to race at the top level you do it. Even if that means jumping ship. These kind of opportunities don't come around that often.
 

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Ya but if you loose one sponsor & you need another kinda like the job market today.I would switch also.


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Didn't Subaru pull out of the WRC at the end of last season?
I can't say I blame him. If you get a chance to race at the top level you do it. Even if that means jumping ship. These kind of opportunities don't come around that often.
Subaru pulled out after the 08 season. The 09 season was just full of Ford's and Citroen's. It was fun to watch, but sort of miss seeing Subaru's in there.....being that when you think of Subaru, "rally car" immediately comes to mind. I hope they return soon.
 

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subaru wont return to wrc, they will however be a part of the IRC in 2010. ken has his work cut out for him, the wrc consists of the best drivers in the world. this isnt a airport tarmac or the la harbor w/ multiple takes - no gymhana here lol.

if it wasnt for his $$ and now celebrity, he'd never even have a seat w/ any team. ford was smart to pick him up for publicity alone, but dont expect any podiums just yet!

btw there was 1 lone subaru competing in wrc last season. ortsberg who was privately backed, no help from subaru, drove an sti hatch. he never made a podium though...
 

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Both are awesome cars. Ford's car looks AWESOME, and, dare I say it, is better than Subaru's.

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WRC competition has a way of making any car look down-right nasty (in a good way). Maybe some of you can remember the WRC Hyundai Accent from about 5-6 years ago. Or more recently the Suzuki SX4. Neither of which I'd be disappointed about seeing in my driveway in the morning :icon_biggrin:
 

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This is sweet. I just wish more manufacturers were still in WRC. Although I don't mind if WRC goes extinct and that cheaper series takes over, I forget the name of the series but it's becoming very popular. I just want to see more varied marques.

I had thought Ford was going to the Fiesta for WRC instead of the Focus, but either way, very cool.

The Fiesta will be awesome in even stock trim, for a B segment. I pray to Jesus every day that we get the Fiesta ST in the US. I don't think that's too much to ask, it's not like I'm asking for an RS variant or anything.

Not to derail the thread but I had an SVT Focus years back, and I got sick of Ford hinting every other year that we'd get the RS variant in the U.S., and then the rest of the world got the C1 platform Mk.II Focus while we in the U.S. soldiered on with a progressively uglier, decontented version of the original Focus platform. So I gave up, the only reason I had that Focus was because of my love for European Fords, I otherwise am not into Fords.

Soooo, now we finally get the Fiesta again, and I am excited, although I probably won't be buying one due to me familia. But I am happy to see Block driving on the world stage.

I kinda figured this was happening since he got that old Escort RS a few months ago that he was flogging on I think Pastrana's TV show, I forget.
 

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subaru wont return to wrc, they will however be a part of the IRC in 2010. ken has his work cut out for him, the wrc consists of the best drivers in the world. this isnt a airport tarmac or the la harbor w/ multiple takes - no gymhana here lol.

if it wasnt for his $$ and now celebrity, he'd never even have a seat w/ any team. ford was smart to pick him up for publicity alone, but dont expect any podiums just yet!

btw there was 1 lone subaru competing in wrc last season. ortsberg who was privately backed, no help from subaru, drove an sti hatch. he never made a podium though...
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The guy will get his a$$ handed to him good.
 

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if it wasnt for his $$ and now celebrity, he'd never even have a seat w/ any team. ford was smart to pick him up for publicity alone, but dont expect any podiums just yet!
Yep, it's the only reason I will never compete on a professional level. Rally is probably one of the more expensive motorsports just for the reason your car goes to hell and you need a new one every couple of years. Lets see: $10k modding car? $(a few)K fixing car? $(a few K) building new engine? $(Endless sets of tires)K? $(Entrance fees)K? $(travel Expenses)K?

WRC competition has a way of making any car look down-right nasty (in a good way). Maybe some of you can remember the WRC Hyundai Accent from about 5-6 years ago. Or more recently the Suzuki SX4. Neither of which I'd be disappointed about seeing in my driveway in the morning
The old rules said you could only compete if you could build a few hundred for production. Hence You could have bought a AWD turbo WRC Accent. Meaning the WRC Accent was pretty bad-a$$ but only if you had a WRC model. It was limited and mainly bought by priveteers for race use. I remember stories on how the windshield motor was so poorly designed that it would break leaving drivers blind in competition (more than once and from a few teams). I think Hyundai reliability has gotten better.
I don't think they'll ever build a WRC version of the SX4 and if they do, we in America will be the last to see it.
Not to derail the thread but I had an SVT Focus years back, and I got sick of Ford hinting every other year that we'd get the RS variant in the U.S., and then the rest of the world got the C1 platform Mk.II Focus while we in the U.S. soldiered on with a progressively uglier, decontented version of the original Focus platform. So I gave up, the only reason I had that Focus was because of my love for European Fords, I otherwise am not into Fords.
I know the feeling. It was deemed too expensive for our market. The focus' over there can sell up to an equivelent of $30K US. Thats Fusion and Taurus territory. Someone should tell American car designers that thinking conservative doesn't mean ugly.

I had thought Ford was going to the Fiesta for WRC instead of the Focus
I think it's in the JWRC. Cars that are a segment smaller, cheaper and young upcoming drivers under 18. Not sure on the age but the small cars they drive in that series makes you sometimes wish they sold small disposable cars here.
 

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block is good but no where near the lvl of real wrc drivers. Anyone watch last years xgames. All of our american heroes were beaten by a swead in a ford. (not that that is a bad thing)
 

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The old rules said you could only compete if you could build a few hundred for production. Hence You could have bought a AWD turbo WRC Accent. Meaning the WRC Accent was pretty bad-a$$ but only if you had a WRC model. It was limited and mainly bought by priveteers for race use. I remember stories on how the windshield motor was so poorly designed that it would break leaving drivers blind in competition (more than once and from a few teams). I think Hyundai reliability has gotten better.
I don't think they'll ever build a WRC version of the SX4 and if they do, we in America will be the last to see it.
While homologation rules still exist they're not as stringent as they were in the group B days of the Audi Sport quattro, Metro 6r4, Ford RS200, or Lancia Delta Integrale. Therefore as long as a manufacturer made a variant of the car in competition they were covered i.e. Ford does not make a turbocharged, all-wheel drive Focus road car. The RS is close but alas there is no power going to the rear wheels. While you may have been able to buy a WRC Hyundai accent for competition there was never a turbo charged, all-wheel drive accent available from your local dealership anywhere. Also there was indeed a WRC Suzuki SX4 and at least that car was available in all-wheel drive from the factory. It's a shame that Subaru and Mitsubishi, two of the only manufacturers that have been producing road going rally cars for years aren't competing at the highest level of the sport they helped introduce many people to.
 
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