After a seven-year hiatus from national-level flat-track racing, PJ Jacobsen will contest the 2019 American Flat Track series riding for Team Nila/Coolbeth Racing with three-time Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth as team manager.
For the past seven years, Jacobsen has been roadracing overseas in various series, including British Superbike, World Supersport, and, most recently, World Superbike. The 25-year-old New York native has found success across the pond, winning races and finishing second overall in the 2015 World Supersport championship.
Jacobsen recently announced he will compete in the MotoAmerica Supersport class next season for HSBK Racing/Celtic Racing. With more than 30 amateur national flat track titles and the 2010 American Flat Track Rookie of the Year Award to his credit, Jacobsen admits the dirt has always been his first love, and he still has goals that he wants to accomplish.
Jacobsen is eager to team up with John Wise from Team Nila Racing on the Indian Scout FTR750s that Coolbeth raced in 2018.
“I’m really looking forward to joining such a strong team with Kenny and John,” Jacobsen said. “I grew up riding and learning from Kenny, so it’s a great opportunity for me to work with someone who is considered one of the greatest to ever do it. We all have the same goals and a lot of confidence that we can achieve them. I am honored to be riding for them, and I can’t wait to start testing.”
Recently retired Coolbeth will serve as team manager and crew chief. With four national championships and 37 career wins, Coolbeth is no stranger to success.
“I am really excited to be part of Team Nila/Coolbeth Racing with PJ as the rider,” Coolbeth said. “I really think PJ will be in the hunt every race we attend. I have watched him grow up and have been a mentor to him over the years, so I am really looking forward to having a fun season. I also want to thank John Wise for giving me this opportunity to partner with his team. We have a lot of work to do, but we are up for the challenge.”
Team Nila/Coolbeth Racing will release additional details about its program, including its 2019 sponsors, at a later date.
Stay up to date with PJ Jacobsen and Kenny Coolbeth on social media throughout the off-season for more updates.