The event which will take place the 29th of July through the 1st of August will see Ken Block heading the team with last year’s X-Games Rallycar gold medalist Kenny Brack. Also joining the team will be drifting and rally driver Tanner Foust as well as Brian Deegan. The Ford Fiesta was able to take Gold and Bronze last year during the games which then launched the Ford/Subaru battle in the Rally America championship. A battle that would take a back seat to the Mitsubishi show during the championship. Interesting enough for Ken Block, he was actually invited to the X-Games as opposed to getting an automatic bid like he had in previous years.
I think this lineup will be solid for Ford. This type of event plays to the strengths of the Fiesta. The car was originally designed as a rally cross car that was then turned into a stage running proper rally car. The transition was less than average in the car’s first year. Constant mechanical failures and crashes have seen the car only take one victory here stateside. While I want to tip the Ford to do well, the Mitsubishi has been very impressive this year as has been the Subaru. The battle will be awesome to watch none the less. Keep it here at Open Paddock as we will have results and other tidbits posted during X-Games 16.