419 RACING began as a group of competitive friends from the Toledo, Ohio area that loved to ride off road together. One by one, Jon, Jake, and Jerry tried their hand at road racing, pulling the others along for the ride. At the beginning of the 2012 WERA season, all three were fully committed to the series and were racing with increasing competitiveness each and every round they attended together. With all three riders on the same type of bike, riding in mostly the same classes; the goal of finishing 1-2-3 in a respective race is a very exciting probability for the 419 RACING team.
Team Babbitt’s has made a home for itself on the podium, setting the standard for Arena Cross excellence. With three pro riders and a stable of up and coming amateurs, Team Babbitt’s has carved out a name as the elite arena cross team. Anchored by three time Arena Cross champion Tyler Bowers, Team Babbitt’s has fought its way to the top of the rankings, planting its flag in the record books. Along with Bowers, Zach Ames has finished consistently in the top of the rankings, finishing top 5 for multiple times. Rounding out the team is newcomer to the pro ranks, Colt Nichols. He is hungry for victory and is looking forward to making a name for himself. Team Babbitt’s racers have relied on their skill, tenacity, and bikes to get them to the top. The technology in the clutches from KG Powersports ensure that their bikes run the way they were meant to; all the way to the podium.
Jerry bought his first dirtbike when he was 13 years old from money he earned mowing lawns. From this point forward, he knew that being on 2 wheels was where he needed to be. He’s ridden off road ever since, although he has never competed in an off road race, he considers dirt riding to be a large part of his road racing skill set. 2011 was his first year road racing; he competed in the WERA North Central Series, racing a 2006 Suzuki SV650. Every race weekend he competed in 3 sprint races, eventually winning the class championship in all 3 of these classes. Jerry is employed by Autolite Spark plugs as the Product Engineering Manager. He brings 10 years of product engineering experience to our racing efforts and fully understands the science of racing. He also works very closely with the product marketing department at Autolite and has real experience in trade shows and other marketing events. When not racing, he enjoys spending time with his family, off road riding, playing basketball, and performing duties as the friend’s and family’s auto technician.