Monza Rally on World of X
Rally on the Monza F1 track
Every year since 1978, diverse motorsports legends have convened in Italy for the annual Monza Rally, a head-to-head rally car race on Monza's historic Formula One track. This year's lineup included powerhouse drivers such as Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino, shown here. You can watch all the action this Saturday, March 21, by tuning in to the "World of X Games" for a one-hour Monza Rally episode at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.
Lewis Hamilton Knows Monza
British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to the Monza track. He's shown here on his way to victory in September 2014 at the Italian Grand Prix, the race that gave the Monza F1 circuit its legendary status.
Lewis Hamilton on a Roll
Lewis Hamilton, one of the most successful active Formula One drivers, joined a stacked field at the latest Monza Rally. "I knew there'd be a lot of Italians here," Hamilton said. "The crowd is huge, as if it's the Grand Prix." Hamilton's on a roll these days: He's fresh off a win at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix, pictured here.
This Track in History
The world-famous Monza track, which was built in 1922, has a long and decorated history in motorsports. The Monza Rally has taken place on the track every year since 1987. Here, English soccer star Jimmy Greaves stands beside his Ford Escort in 1970 during the 16,000-mile Daily Mirror World Cup Rally from London to Mexico.
Italy's Own Valentino Rossi
Primarily known on the Motorcycle Grand Prix circuit, Italian Valentino Rossi, a nine-time Moto GP champion, has competed at the Monza Rally for years and earned three victories here. "It's a great track and always a great atmosphere," says Rossi, shown here at the 2014 Qatar Grand Prix.
All Eyes on Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi, shown here behind the wheel alongside co-driver Carlo Cassina, is the man to beat at the Monza Rally. Says Ken Block about Rossi, "It's not going to be easy for me to keep up with him."
Kurt Busch Gets Nostalgic
Another crossover star, American NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, out front in his No. 41 car above, also joined the starting lineup at the Monza Rally. "It has this nostalgic feel to it of 'wow, this is special, and it's Monza,'" says Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion.
Kurt Busch's Introduction to Rally
New to the rally world, one-time NASCAR Cup series champion Kurt Busch had to adjust to rally's tight turns, rough conditions and races against the clock. "It's a blast to race in a foreign country and race against some of the world's best," Busch said about the Monza Rally.
Inside the Rally Pits
Rally produces enormous strains on the race cars, requiring diligent and round-the-clock support from professional crews trained to maintain the high-performance machines over the many stages. Here's a glimpse behind the scenes.
Ken Block Switches it Up
Ken Block, best known for his X Games appearances and the video exploits of Gymkhana, brought the discipline of Gymkhana GRID to X Games for the first time in Los Angeles in 2013, as seen here. He was excited to participate in the Monza Rally. "This Monza track has always been in my psyche as a legendary track," Block says.
Scouting the Competition
American Ken Block stands on the banked turn of the Monza racetrack watching Italy's Valentino Rossi during practice at the Monza Rally, a scene that illustrates the steep angles of the world-famous course. "For me, this is really a learning experience and a huge challenge," Block says.
Robert Kubica Returns
Former F1 star Robert Kubica from Poland returned to the Monza track for the Monza Rally after last competing there at the 2010 Italian Grand Prix.
Storming the Course
Robert Kubica, alongside co-driver Alessandra Benedetti, storms the Monza Rally course on Day 2 of the event. Tune in Saturday to find out who took the win.