Since Ken Block and Alex Gelsominoʼs first race at the 100 Acre Wood Rally in 2006, the two have dominated the competition, consistently taking first place every year since. This weekend theyʼre looking to secure a repeat performance, a.k.a. the “5-peat.”

“I absolutely love this rally,” says Ken Block. “The stages here in Missouri fit my driving style perfectly—theyʼre fast—and the gravel here allows me to go flat-out and sideways, just the way I like it.”

This year, a thrilling change for Ken and Alex will be the new machine theyʼre piloting through the narrow wooded stages. Not only will it be their first year racing the Monster World Rally Team Ford Fiesta, itʼs the first time Ken and Alex will get to race it on gravel. To prepare for the event, the team headed out to SayersBrook Bison Ranch just east of the 100 Acre Wood Rally earlier this week to shakedown the Fiesta on something other than ice and snow. The two days of testing proved successful, creating a team eager to get out on stage. Especially since the pair finished 43 seconds ahead of second place last year and have hopes to either match or improve upon that lead this weekend. Even if ʻ43ʼ does have a nice ring to it.

The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, which takes place in the Ozark Mountain area of Missouri, is the second calendar event on the 2010 Rally America Championship. Immediately following, the Monster World Rally Team will be traveling to Mexico to compete in the teamʼs first WRC race. Follow the team through both events at monsterworldrallyteam.com

Watch the 100 Acre Wood Shakedown video clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2he40gClJmU

About Ken Block

Ken Blockʼs rally career began in 2005. His skill and car control became quickly apparent and Block aptly nabbed Rookie of the Year in the Rally America Championship. Since then, Block has continued to race in the series, boasting a healthy number of podium appearances, as well as X Games medals. In addition to his performance in the car, Block has been a driving force in shedding light on the sport within the United States. Block co-founded DC Shoes, a worldwide leader in performance skateboarding shoes and a renowned action sports brand. His keen branding and marketing acumen not only elevated DC to their current eminent status, but has allowed Block to achieve global fame as a national rally driver through his wildly successful viral video campaigns. Ad Age named his “Gymkhana TWO” the No. 4 Viral Video of 2009. In

January 2010, Block signed with Ford Motor Company to campaign both the Rally America series and the World Rally Championship, being the first American to do so.

About Monster World Rally Team: Created and assembled by Ken Block, the object of the Monster World Rally Team is to redefine the race-team archetype. The team is driven not only to win, but to also market motorsport through innovative, creative and interactive ways. The goal: To become the best- known team in the WRC and bring rally to the masses along the way. monsterworldrallyteam.com