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YouTube auto gymkhana legend Ken Block is starting the new year with a bang as he hops off Subaru and boards a Ford for a few rounds of the 2010 World Rally Championship (WRC) season.

Block has long been associated with Subaru thanks to his YouTube gymkhana videos and his rallying career in Rally America since his debut in 2005 using Vermont SportsCar team's Impreza WRX STI.

Subaru's departure from the WRC at the close of the 2008 season and Block's long-time sponsor Monster Energy Drink's entry in the 2010 season as Monster World Rally Team, however, made Block's joining the team inevitable.

"I am stoked to be rallying in a Ford... Not to mention my dad would be proud. He was a true Ford guy," Block said.

Ford traces its rally history back in the 1970s with the Escorts and Group B RS200s gracing the tracks.

"Ford has an excellent history within rally. I couldn't be happier to be part of this amazing heritage," Block added.

Block's joining the WRC series is a record in the making as he will be the first American to join the sport as part of a multi-year program.

"Racing in the WRC has always been a dream of mine but I'd still be dreaming if I promised podiums in the near future," Block said. "I will be going head-to-head with the greatest drivers on the planet. And sure, I will be giving it my all but my main objective for 2010 is to develop into a competitive driver for 2011 and beyond."

For the 2010 season, Block will be competing using an M-Sport-prepped Focus RS--the same company responsible for all of Ford's World Rally efforts. With Block only racing a handful of the series' rounds this year, the American driver will still see action in both the Rally America and the X-Games in the all-new Ford Fiesta prepared by OlsbergsMSE.

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