BY KEITH WALTZ
Only 17 years old, Sam Mayer has already claimed a pair of ARCA Menards Series East championships and the young racer notched his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory last September at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Born June 26, 2003, in Franklin, Wisconsin, Mayer is the son of veteran open-wheel driver Scott May. The younger Mayer began racing go-karts at age 4 and first received national attention during 2017 when he ventured to Charlotte Motor Speedway and won the Legend Car Young Lions championship during the annual Summer Shootout Series.
That same summer, Mayer began honing his skills in a limited late model and he’s never looked back. Entering the 2021 season, his résumé included five ARCA Menards Series victories, nine ARCA Menards Series East wins and one ARCA Menards Series West triumph. He also won multiple late model races during a stint with JR Motorsports.
After celebrating his 18th birthday in June, Mayer will return to JR Motorsports where he will run select NASCAR Xfinity Series races in preparation for a shot at the 2022 series championship.
“When Sam first came to run the late model a couple of years ago, he was adamant he would be racing an Xfinity car for us someday,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JRM.
“I admired his initiative then, and now we’re happy to help make his dream a reality. It will be quite a step up, but it’s one he’s ready to make. He’s shown he has the skills to be successful at a very high level.”