Ken Block's death came as a shock to us all Monday night. Like other world-class athletes—Nicky Hayden, Michael Schumacher, Alex Zanardi, and more—it was a freak, off-track accident that finally caught up to the drifting daredevil. Block was way more than an athlete, too; he was a cultural icon. Block didn't just impact car culture but also created an entirely different sector, one covered in tire smoke, shredded rubber, and Monster logos. And as the lead man behind blockbuster Gymkhana YouTube videos, he branched out of the racing community into the filming, marketing, and media sectors like no one had ever done before. Block didn't just influence racing and racing fans—he influenced an entire generation of humans.
As a result, the world is mourning No. 43 today. Reactions have come pouring in from Formula 1 champions, film producers, and company CEOs with everyone paying their respects to Block. Of course, the many friends and colleagues he made throughout his career have also taken to social media to share their disbelief, but also the legions of fans who never had the chance to meet Block, yet felt close to him due to his approachable, down-to-earth attitude.
Here's how the world is reacting to Ken Block's death today.
Jim Farley, Ford CEO
T-Pain, Recording Artist
James May, TV Personality
Jenson Button, F1 Champion
Graham Rahal, IndyCar Racing Driver
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President
Tom Kristensen, Le Mans Champion
Scott Dixon, Indy 500 Winner
Ralph Gilles, Stellantis Global President Product Design
Lewis Hamilton, F1 Champion
Larry Chen, Motorsports Photographer
Tanner Foust, Racing Driver
Alexander Rossi, Indy 500 Champion
Helio Castroneves, Four-Time Indy 500 Champion
Scott Speed, Racing Driver
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