December 6, 2010 – HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – The inaugural Gymkhana Grid Racing Series event, The Ken Block Invitational took over the Toyota Irwindale Speedway in Southern California this past weekend. The event was a huge success with nearly 6,000 people coming out to Saturday’s finals and more than 375,000 people tuning into the two-day live webcast.
"The Gymkhana Grid event turned out amazing,” said Ken. “I was stoked to help bring the fun and excitement from my videos back to the competition-based roots of real head-to-head gymkhana. DC has been a great partner through out the Gymkhana videos and I was happy to have them support this next venture in the sport of gymkhana.”
The event brought out some of the world’s best drivers in the motorsports industry for a head to head elimination style competition on a complex course designed by Ken specifically for this event. The course required drivers to use different driving techniques, including 360-degree spins and drifting, to maneuver around a variety of different obstacles. This was really the first time that fans had a chance to witness this type of gymkhana style driving live. The sport has been gaining popularity over the last few years much in part to the DC and Ken Block Gymkhana franchise videos, which have to date, been viewed nearly 90 million times worldwide.
At the end of Final Round Elimination it came down to Ken and 2-time X Games Rally champion Tanner Foust. In a close race Ken finished less than two seconds behind Tanner. Stephan Verdier rounded out the top three third in the AWD competition. In the RWD competition Daifiro Yoshihara took first place, with John Russakoff and Kevin Abbrings finishing in second and third place respectively.
“We’re so excited to have been a part of such a ground breaking and successful event,” said Anton Nistl, DC’s President. “It was great to see such a large crowd of motorsport enthusiasts come out to support Ken and the sport of gymkhana, which from here is only going to continue to gain in popularity.”
DC took part in all the action at the two-day event, hosting an autograph session with Ken at the DC RV, creating a screening area for spectators to watch all of the Gymkhana videos, and setting up a pop up store with the latest Ken Block TeamWorks, Gymkhana THREE and MWRT products. For more information on Ken check out, and http://www.dcshoes.com/rally http://www.monsterworldrally.com. For more on the Gymkhana Grid Racing Series visit, http://www.gymkhanagrid.com.