The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) announced Friday it is retiring the number 43 from the World Rally Championship in 2023 as a tribute to Ken Block, who was killed in a snowmobiling accident on Monday.
Block used #43 throughout his racing career, which spanned the WRC, rallycross events, and stage rally in America. The Hoonigan co-founder also wore the number in his numerous Gymkhana appearances.
“Given the enormous contribution our great friend Ken Block made to motorsport and the fact that he was held in such high regard by people the world over, it is entirely appropriate that his #43 will be withdrawn from use during the 2023 WRC season,” FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said in a statement.
Block’s death has prompted a huge outpouring of emotion from the car community, with several big-name figures speaking out on what he meant to the world of motorsports, entertainment, and beyond.
“While it’s a small gesture, we hope that it is one that will bring some comfort to his family and friends at this time,” Sulayem added. “Ken was a true legend and the memory of this true legend will live with us forever.”
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