Meet Lia Block, Ken Block’s 14-Year-Old Daughter And New Star of Hoonicorn Vs. The World
The Hoonicorn Mustang trembles beneath Lia Block as she sits at the line, waiting for the signal to launch off the start and beat NHRA driver Alex Laughlin to the finish. The engine shes controlling makes 100 horsepower for every year shes been alive, but 14-year-old Lia Block is more ready for this moment than most professional drivers. Never mind the fact that her competition is a 4,000-horsepower C6 Corvette. Shes here to win.
It didnt hit me in the beginning, Lia stated of her victory in opposition to Laughlin in a up to date interview with Jalopnik however she was once nonetheless grinning on the reminiscence. It felt so excellent.
If you wanted to grow up a racer, youd be in a pretty damn good position if you were Lia Block. Her father, Ken, is a professional rally driver, an extreme action sports enthusiast, and probably one of the more revered names in the motorsport world.
Now, Ken is priming the next generation by handing the steering wheel to his teenage daughter, who will be the one putting performance cars to the test in Hoonigans second season of Hoonicorn vs. the World, available on YouTube.
In the chat with Jalopnik, Ken revealed that Lia has been behind the wheel since she was five, though that was the wheel of a customized electric Mustang designed for children.
It had this handbrake that she would use, and she was just a natural, figuring out steering through opposite lock, Ken said.
Lia joined the Lucas Off-Road Racing Series when she was 11, scoring podiums. And after a year off, she took up karting, which Lia says has been the most helpful racing education shes had yet.
I dont know what I might do if I didnt get started karting, she stated. Karting is one of these nice floor base as it taught me such a lot about strains and about pageant and getting higher.
Putting her behind the wheel of the Hoonicorn was a strategic move. Ken Block knew he wasnt staying with Ford, which meant that he really shouldnt be driving a Ford Mustang in a popular video series. But Hoonicorn vs. the World is Hoonigans most popular series, so it was crucial that it continue.
Hoonigan considered other professional drivers and racers to take Kens place, but Block said that Lia had shown herself capable, and when he approached her about it two months before filming, she was interested.
We had a cutoff date for if she didnt prove herself or didnt feel comfortable, Block said, looking at his daughter. But its not like we were going to throw her in there.
The preparations were twofold: Hoonigan focused on the car while Lia focused on her skills. This year, the Hoonicorn had been outfitted with extra fire protection, roll bars, and safety gear to provide an added layer of assurance for Lia.
I understand how unhealthy this will also be, Ken stated of racing. I sought after to make it in order that if one thing came about, she was once in the most productive imaginable position she may well be.
Meanwhile, Lia was taking instruction from pro drag racers like Leah Pruett, Donk Master, Hank Iroz, and Sage Thomas. Pruett, she said, helped her with the mental side of things. Donk Master taught her the art of trash talk and racing lingo.
Even Ken, though, was surprised to learn some lessons along the way. Of Pruett, he said, There are mornings when she said she wakes up, uses the bathroom, brushes her teeth, has a coffee, and practices with a light tree, just once. Its just staying in that mindset, being ready at all times.
But for Lia, she felt the most difficult part of her motorsport initiation was actually getting behind the wheel of the Hoonicorn itself.
Shed driven a 1,500 horsepower Audi before, but it had, you know, air conditioning and leather seats, Ken said, laughing.
Of the Hoonicorn, Lia added, It was just me and 1,400 horsepower. That was it.
I imagine its probably gotten a little easier for you since that first time, Jalopnik said.
Oh yeah, Lia laughed. Its like night time and day. Im like an entire other particular person now.
For 14-year-old Lia, this is only the beginning of what she hopes will be a long career. She has the passion and the talent, and she also has her father by her side to encourage her for as long as she enjoys the competition.
Part of that is helping her go through the process of what she wants to do, Ken said of his role in Lias future racing career, and she really enjoyed racing the Oregon Trail Rally, though the engine blew up on her. But she would have been a podium finish in a national rally class had she finished that rally. Shed like to keep going with that, so we have her moms car, a Fiesta R2
Here, Lia interrupted to add, Turbo.
Yeah, a Fiesta R2 Turbo, Ken said, laughing. Shes going to race it next year in the full championship, so were working on the plans and budgets for that next year.
And obviously, if [Hoonicorn vs. the World] is successful and she wants to do season three, then shell do season three next year. Shell probably keep karting and doing whatever other opportunities come up.
As for Lia? She has her eye on the future prize.
Id like to compete in a [World Rally Championship] event, she said. And I want to race the Baja 1000 as well. I watched my dad do it this year, and I was like, I want to do that!
I feel its secure to mention had been going to be staring at the Block circle of relatives proceed to kick ass and take names for years yet to come.
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