Saturday, October 1, 2022

Sam Mayer

For the 2022 season, 18-year-old Sam Mayer returns to JR Motorsports to wheel the No. 1 Chevrolet in the 33-race NASCAR Xfinity Series season. Mayer, the youngest champion in any NASCAR series and member of the Drivers Edge Development program, competed in 18 races last season, tallying one top-five and six top-10 finishes.

This year, Mayer will transition to the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro with crew chief Taylor Moyer continuing to call the shots atop the pit box. Mayer will put the valuable lessons learned in 2021 into a push for his first NXS driver’s championship in 2022.

Although new to NXS competition, Mayer, the son of former Indy Car and road racing star Scott Mayer, has a successful history with JRM. A 2018 alumnus of the organization’s Late Model program, Mayer won his first CARS Late Model Stock Car race at Wake County Speedway and earned seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 23 starts, resulting in a fifth-place finish in CARS LMSC points with the organization. Additionally, Mayer added two victories in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition at the legendary Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and earned the prestigious Bojangles Summer Shootout Series title in the U.S. Legend Car Pro Division at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Mayer’s start came at the ripe age of 4 in the go-kart ranks in his home state of Wisconsin. He won several races and regional series titles before moving to the national series at the age of 10. That season, the young driver raced in three national karting series, winning the United States Pro Kart Series and finishing second in both the Route 66 Race Series and the World Karting Manufacturer’s Cup Series driving for Merlin Karts of Italy and Franklin Motorsports of Wisconsin.

In 2017, Mayer ran a full slate of U.S. Legend Car Series events, winning the U.S. Legend Car Winter Heat Championship, the Summer Shootout and U.S. Legend Car Asphalt Nationals. Also in 2017, he entered the Late Model ranks and won three times, at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway and Greenville Pickens Speedway, with 13 top-10 finishes. In November, he finished fifth in the prestigious Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway.

Mayer leveraged his Late Model prowess into a place on national stage when he joined GMS Racing to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, ARCA Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Running the full 2019 schedule in the K&N Pro Series East, Mayer scored four wins, 11 top fives and 11 top 10s en route to a championship that made him the youngest champion in any NASCAR series at the age of 16 years, three months and eight days.

In 2020, Mayer turned even more heads when he drove to his first career NCWTS victory at Bristol Motor Speedway in only his sixth series start. Add in a combined 11 wins across all three ARCA Menards Series’ en route to the Sioux Chief Showdown championship and the ARCA Menards Series East championship, and Mayer was poised for a robust return to JRM in 2021.

Mayer is the second driver from the JRM Late Model pipeline to return to the organization for NXS competition, joining 2017 NXS champion and current Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron.

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Team: JR Motorsports
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Birthday: June 26, 2003
Hometown: Franklin, Wis.
Website: sammayerracing.com