Gymkhana Grid to Be the Next Big Motorsport Series
Block will be racing head to head with some of his professional racing friends on a purpose-built track. Founded by Christopher Willard, the Gymkhana Grid series seeks to be more than just a one-off event. The series will be kicked off with a grassroots event on August 7-8 in Hollywood Park, California and will feature amateur and pro racers competing head to head. Willard, who had co-founded the Redline Time Attack series, sought Block's expertise on course design as well as overall rules and regulations. Workshops and schools will help grow the awareness of gymkhana as a sport.
The first Gymkhana Grid Ken Block Invitational will kick off at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California on December 3-4. Among competitors will be racing stars Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra, drifters Vaughn Gittin Jr and Top Gear USA's Tanner Foust, going head to head on a demanding course.
This event will be the first of its kind, promising to provide competitors with a new and exciting racing format, and give spectators a true tire-smoking, sideways-sliding race.
The sport of gymkhana is relatively unknown, with a niche following in countries like Japan and England. The event introduces much bigger courses designed for high-powered cars and versatile drivers. Hopefully they will be able to withstand the difficulty of the course and provide a spectacular show.