Revealed on 3 January 2023
Lengthy-time buddy of Ken Block, Jeremy McGrath, has paid an emotional tribute to the rally star who tragically handed away after a snowmobile accident aged simply 55.
McGrath wrote: “Ken, writing that is so surreal. We now have identified one another for 35 years, I witnessed have your ardour and drive to succeed and do it with model. You haven’t solely been my buddy however somebody who I regarded as much as as a father, mentor, businessman and giver. You meant a lot to all of us and also you set the bar excessive. I’ve so many fond reminiscences of driving, driving, watching SX , elevating our households collectively and naturally New Years yearly. Thanks for these instances collectively, they may by no means be forgotten. You’ve gotten made an impression on this world that may by no means be matched. We are going to take care of Lucy and the children. If Mika ever wants a driving buddy, you understand he can be in good arms. Relaxation in Peace my buddy”
Whereas rally rival however good buddy, Travis Pastrana stated: “Ken was a whole lot of issues to lots of people..however at first he was a tremendous household man. in all of the instances I’ve seen him on high of the rostrum, I’ve by no means seen Ken as genuinely completely happy and proud as he was this 12 months, rallying alongside his spouse and oldest daughter.”
“Ken was the guts of rally in the USA. The impression he had and can proceed to have in our sport is bigger than life. To me, Ken was a buddy, a rival, a mentor, a boss, a enterprise accomplice and a fellow household man who was extra happy with exhibiting me footage of his youngsters go-karting than he was of himself doing a world’s first in one of many many “coolest vehicles identified to man,” that he regulary drove the wheels off. Ken lived his life to the fullest. Minimize too quick like so most of the greats earlier than him. Relaxation in peace buddy, you’ll by no means be forgotten.”