About Us…
Join us for the finest racing experience in North America!

Circuit of the Northwest will be 232-acre playground for the passionate auto enthusiast located 53 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, across the street from a 6000’ FBO airstrip. Circuit of the Northwest will include a state-of-the-art Tilke designed 2.66 mile (4.28 km) FIA/FIM road course, motocross facility, KIA certified karting facility, and skid pad. In addition, Circuit of the Northwest will have a luxury private clubhouse that will offer a wide array of amenities such as a lounge, spa, exercise room, quiet spaces and private dining areas. This will be a place where car enthusiasts can keep, show and exercise their vehicles as well as enjoy social time with others who share a passion for performance vehicles. In short, the facility will be world class, providing the ultimate racing environment in a country club setting and unforgettable experiences on paved and dirt racing circuits.

Our site plan has been approved and we are ready to break ground. Contact us today for membership information.
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Management Team

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Brian Nilsen
Owner and Founding Member
Circuit of the Northwest, LLC

Brian Nilsen has been deeply involved in the Motorsports industry for more than 40 years. A native of Washington and Kitsap County, Brian’s first motorcycle was a Honda Z50. He dreamed of following in his dad’s footsteps by learning to ride as well as him on a Bultaco, an iconic Spanish motorcycle, and pursuing a career in the motorsports industry.

After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Economics, Brian spent three seasons carrying tires on a Roush Ford for Chad Little on the NASCAR circuit while working full time at First Union National Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Since returning to Washington, he's spent the last 20 years as co-owner of a full-service multi-line Powersports Dealership,
Brothers Powersports, in Bremerton, Washington. Brian also operates a Motorsports Park, MotoWest, with more than 40 current customers on a defunct runway at the Port of Bremerton and serves as a partner of Pac West MX a multi-state Motocross series Promoters Group. Brian sits on the Powersports Dealership Advisory Board with American Honda and his dealership has achieved “Pro Yamaha” status with Yamaha Motor Company.

Brian’s dreams of growing the motorsports industry in the region have never waned. For the past 5 years, he has been deeply committed to bringing a state of the art, multi-use facility and racing experience to the Pacific Northwest, Circuit of the Northwest, to support both two-wheel and four-wheel motorsports enthusiasts and bring economic opportunity to the region.

Circuit of the Northwest has been a labor of love and he's proud to partner with the best-in-class designers, engineers and experienced operators for the facility. When he's not working, Brian can be found supporting local entrepreneurs around town, riding, skiing, playing golf, hosting community charity events and spending time with his loving family.
In 2014 the Circuit of the Northwest, LLC began the process of interviewing multiple groups for Owner Representation. The Joel Cohen Group, LLC was engaged in 2018 and has expertise in capital finance, construction, business, sports, facility and entertainment management. Through a growth-oriented strategy, a proven track record has been accomplished from over 35 years of sports and entertainment management services.
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Joel Cohen
President, CEO & Founding Member Joel Cohen Group, LLC

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Andy Vertrees
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Motorsports

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Andy Gerdom
Director of Motorsports Design

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Tim Duncan
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Information Officer

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Russ Woolery
Personal Consultant to the CEO, Director of Finance

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Laura Cohen
Founding Member, Director, Executive Producer

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Caroline Cohen
Social Media Director

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Kevin O’Neal
Official Photographer
Assistant Social Media Director
News Director

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Paul Szmal
Consultant, Motorsports & Broadcast Media

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Dillon Cohen
Sports & Marketing Director

Architecture and Engineers

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Robert Guyt
Principal - Blue

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Matt King
Principal - Blue

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K. Patrick Fuhrer
PE - Map Ltd