NASCAR community pays tribute to Ken Block

Ken Block smiles alongside his No. 43 during a World RallyCross event on March 09, 2013 in Leon, Mexico
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Ken Block, who captivated audiences with his pioneering style of automotive acrobatics, died Monday in a snowmobile accident. He was 55.

Block’s death was announced Monday by Hoonigan Industries, an auto enthusiast company that he co-founded. Block was a standout in RallyCross competition, and his Gymkhana series of short films blurred the lines of motorsports and action sports with his precision driving — wild drifts, surreal stunts and tire-shredding burnouts — in all styles of terrain.

Block’s passing shook the NASCAR community, which shared its remembrances and tributes. Several drivers and industry figures also shared thoughts for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, whose collapse and cardiac arrest during Monday night’s NFL game closely coincided with the news of Block’s death.