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Brad Keselowski honors Ken Block with Phoenix Scheme

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Brad Keselowski is at Phoenix Raceway for a test session with fellow NASCAR Cup Series drivers. He takes the opportunity to honor Ken Block – who passed away on January 2nd – with a special program for the #6 RFK Racing Ford Mustang.

Keselowski demonstrated the new scheme Jan. 23 ahead of the two-day meeting in Phoenix. The #6 has a black, white, red, yellow and blue scheme that includes a checkerboard pattern. A name track features Block’s name and iconic skull logo, while a quarter window bears his name and number.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to make the most of his heritage and legacy by honoring Ken with this color scheme on our car for our Phoenix test,” Keselowski said in a video. “Through his foundation and other initiatives of his family, we want to support him and honor him in every way we can. And in a way, we think this color scheme does just that.”

RFK Racing showed the special program in honor of Block. The team also took the opportunity to raise funds for The 43 Institute, a foundation dedicated to continuing Block’s legacy of “creating opportunities for people of extraordinary drive who may lack the right support system to grow and succeed.” .

Block used numerous liveries throughout his life and career. The majority featured Monster Energy logos as part of its longstanding partnership with the company. Its cars also featured prominently in matte black paint finishes.

The specific livery recreated by RFK Racing was unveiled in early 2020. Troy Lee, a big name in motorsports, designed the black, red, white, blue and yellow checkerboard pattern for Block’s 1990’s Ford Escort RS Cossie V2. Block unveiled it during a trip to the Hoonigan Burnyard at Irwindale Speedway before taking it south for Rally Mexico 2020.

The livery returned in late 2020, albeit on a different vehicle. Block and co-driver Alessandro Gelsomino competed in the Barbados Rally in the Ford Fiesta Rally 2, which featured the unique checkerboard livery with bright colors.

Almost three years later, Keselowski and RFK Racing brought back the special design for a trip to Phoenix Raceway. They tested a variety of changes for NASCAR and used the time to honor Block’s memory.

Since the testing session took place during the off-season, there weren’t many opportunities for fans to see the special program in action. Some could sit in the stands while RFK Racing offered a different perspective.

The race team released a video showing the No. 6 at a group test session intended to provide data on a 2.5″ spoiler. Keselowski completed laps at Phoenix Raceway while running alongside former teammate Joey Logano and behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The camera showed the white front of the #6 Ford Mustang and part of the checkerboard pattern as Keselowski executed his moves. It also showed him passing Stenhouse on the outside before passing Erik Jones on the inside.

The block tribute program was the focus of the first day of testing at Phoenix Raceway. That will be the case again on January 25 when the drivers return to the Arizona track for more sessions.

Since the testing session took place during the off-season, there weren’t many opportunities for fans to see the special program in action. Some could sit in the stands while RFK Racing offered a different perspective.

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