WHAT IS THE KEN BLOCK GYMKHANA INVITATIONAL?
DC Shoes Founder KEN BLOCK and GYMKHANA GRID have created an opening Gymkhana race that pits the best drivers from Rally, Drift, and other racing series against each other in a heads up elimination format!
The GYMKHANA GRID INVITATIONAL will be sure to excite thousands of spectators at the world famous Irwindale Speedway. This will be a first of it's kind Gymkhana race that will feature drivers competing in a head to head battle on a complex course designed to push cars to the limits of tire smoking traction. You'll see the best drivers from all areas of motorsports battling it out for the title of best Gymkhana driver of all. Come see first hand as Ken Block drives to keep his Gymkhana Crown at the most exciting race of 2010!
WHAT IS GYMKHANA?
GYM-KHA-NA- Spelled Pronunciation [jim-kah-nuh]
Derived from the Hindi word, this Indian term is used to describe a sport that tests the ability of competitors to negotiate a pre-designed route with complex design.
Gymkhana as a motor sport is a driving technique where a driver negotiates a complex designed course. Gymkhana events are time and/or speed events in an automobile. Generally Gymkhana courses feature obstacles such as cones, tires, barrels, K-rail, ext. The driver must maneuver through a predetermined course performing many different driving techniques. Gymkhana requires drivers to 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, parking box maneuvers, figure 8s and other advanced skills. Drifting is also part of the course designs and may be a necessary to complete the course correctly. Essentially, a gymkhana is any event featuring a starting point, a finish line and some sort of obstacle to get through, around, or by, all within a time limit. The driver's goals is to negotiate the course as fast as possible with the least amount of course infractions. Acceleration, braking, drifting/sliding & grip driving are all necessary. Not only does a driver have to hold control over his/her own car, but gymkhana requires strong mental concentration and memorization.
The sport of Gymkhana is ready to become a relevant form of motor sports in North America. For those unfamiliar with the sport of Gymkhana, the goal of this form of racing is for production-based vehicles to run in a head to head battle against each other on a pre designed gymkhana course. Gymkhana racing uses elements of Drifting, Drag racing and Auto Cross, all tied together in a very technical course that puts a driver's skill to the ultimate test. Gymkhana racing rewards ingenuity, quality, skill and determination.
WHO IS KEN BLOCK?
Over the years Ken has developed a long and reputable history in the world of action sports, not only as a passionate and accomplished skateboarder, snowboarder and motocross rider, but also as the co-founder of one of action sports most successful companies, DC Shoes. Ken has been an integral part of DC since co-founding the company in 1993. With partner Damon Way, Ken began DC Shoes with a revolutionary philosophy for the skateboarding shoe market: skateboarders were athletes and needed shoes with athletic performance features. DC was acquired by Quiksilver, Inc., in May, 2004, making it part of a nearly $2 billion action sports family. Block now serves as Chief Brand Officer where he oversees the DC brand, look and feel in all its efforts.
In 2005, Ken made his Rally debut and his success on the Rally circuit is not a surprise for those who know this Southern California native. Growing up in the emerging action sports Mecca of Southern California, Ken Block has always been a quick study. In addition to his accomplishing racing career, Ken has gained worldwide notoriety for his exploits outside the track, having successfully jumped his rally car 171ft for Discovery Channel's popular "Stunt Junkies" show in 2006. Then in 2007, for a segment in DC Shoes best selling Mtn. Lab DVD series, Block slid and jumped his rally car in the snow with pro-snowboarders at New Zealand's SnowPark landing him a cover shot on Snowboarder Magazine. Most recently, Ken has been the driving force behind Gymkhana's surge into the mainstream with his Gymkhana and Gymkhana 2.0 videos producing more than 35 million views across the Internet!!!
10:00 AM Gates Open To The Public
10:00 AM - 12:00PM Open Practice
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Driver Autograph Sessions
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM First Rounds of Head to Head Eliminations
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Discount Tire Burnout Competition
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Opening Ceremonies / National Anthem
7:00 PM Final Round of Head to Head Eliminations (RWD/AWD)
9:30 PM - 10:00 PM Awards Ceremony