Birthdate: June 26, 2003 | Hometown: Franklin, Wisconsin
Sam Mayer became the youngest champion in NASCAR history when he scored the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship at the age of 16. The following year, Mayer busted onto the national stage in winning his first NASCAR Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Now age 20, Mayer wheels the No. 1 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he scored his first XFINITY Series win at Road America in July, 2023, and followed that up quickly with his second win just weeks later at Watkins Glen. The wins secured Mayer's entry into the 2023 playoffs, the second consecutive year Mayer has made the playoffs, where in 2022, he made the Round of 8, before finishing seventh in the final standings.
In additional to his 2019 K&N Pro Series East Championship, Mayer also won the ARCA Menards Series East Championship in both 2019 and 2020.
Upon turning 18 in June of 2021, Mayer joined JR Motorsports to drive the No. 8 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Mayer’s 2021 consisted of 18 races in the Xfinity Series, five in the Truck Series, five in the ARCA Series, and five in the Trans Am Series. Over the 33 combined events, Mayer scored three wins (Trans-Am), eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes.
In 2022, Mayer racked up 11 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes, which include once pole award at Charlotte. He made the Round of 8 in his first NASCAR post season, eventually finishing seventh in the championship point standings.
FIRST NASCAR XFINITY SERIES WIN
Sam scored his first Xfinity Series win at Road America in July of 2023, then followed that up with another victory at Watkins Glen on Aug. 19, 2023.
SAM SECURES HIS SECOND STRAIGHT PLAYOFF APPEARANCE
With the win at Road America, Sam secured his second straight post season berth.
SAM FINISHES SEVENTH IN FIRST FULL-TIME XFINITY SERIES SEASON
After a season of consistently running up front, Sam was able to finish seventh in the points for his first full year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Wins the Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash
Sam won the 2022 Xfinity Dash 4 Cash. After an impressive performance at Richmond Raceway, Mayer took home the $100,000 prize.
First NASCAR Xfinity Series Pole Award
Sam scored his first career pole in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the spring of 2022.
SAM FINISHES FOURTH IN FIRST MARTINSVILLE XFINITY SERIES RACE
Sam came from two laps down to finish fourth in his Martinsville Speedway debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The three drivers in front of him went on to the Championship round in Phoenix.
Made NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in Pocono
A day after his 18th birthday, Sam made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut driving the No. 8 Tire Pros Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway. Sam started 20th based on NASCAR's weighted system and finished 18th.
SCORED THREE WINS IN TRANS-AM SERIES
Sam won three times racing Trans-Ams in 2021, first at Charlotte, and Sonoma, before taking the win in the Trans-Am TA2 race at his home track at Road America in July.
WON FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON
Sam took first place on the first race of the ARCA Menards East series on February 10 at New Smyrna Raceway
Sam Mayer reunites with JR Motorsports for Xfinity Series debut in 2021
17-year-old Mayer will join a drive a JRM Chevrolet in the second half of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series
season before taking the reins full time in 2022.
WON FIRST CAREER RACE IN THE NASCAR GANDER RV & OUTDOOR TRUCK SERIES RACE
Sam took first place in the UNOH 200 in Bristol, TN on September 17, 2020.
YOUNGEST DRIVER TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP IN ANY NASCAR SERIES
Won the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series Championship becoming the youngest driver to win a championship in any NASCAR series. Sam earned four wins, 11 top-five and 11 top-ten finishes.
ENROLLED IN DRIVERS EDGE DEVELOPMENT
JR Motorsports and GMS Racing have developed Drivers Edge Development, a program presented by Chevrolet, to groom the next generation of racers. Sam is one of six racers currently enrolled in the program.
FIRST WIN IN THE NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST
Won the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway, breaking the current track record, and led 150 of 150 laps of his first win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
JOINED GMS RACING
HIGHEST FINISHING ROOKIE OF 2018
Sam Mayer was the highest finishing rookie in the 2018 CARS Response Energy Tour late model championship standings, finishing fifth behind his teammate, veteran Josh Berry, and just in front of fellow rookie Layne Riggs.
FIRST WAKE COUNTY SPEEDWAY WIN
As a rookie, Sam won the Solid Rock Carriers 123 for his first run at Wake County Speedway. Sam started P8 but was able to quickly move to the lead and keep it the rest of the way, marking his first CARS Tour victory.
FIRST PLACE RUN AT HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Mayer dominated the first of two 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model features, marking first win with JR Motorsports. Mayer started from the pole and led every one of the 40 laps.
WINS SECOND SUMMER SHOOTOUT CHAMPIONSHIP
Sam won four races throughout the series and maintained top-3 finishes throughout the Summer Shootout series, leading to him taking home the championship for the second year in a row.
IMPRESSIVE FIFTH PLACE FINISH AT MYRTLE BEACH 400
During his first run at the prestigious Myrtle Beach 400, Sam finished with an impress fifth-place finish in the 250-lap feature against more than 60 of the best Late Model drivers.
HISTORIC GREENVILLE PICKENS SPEEDWAY WIN
First time racing a Limited Late Model Car the youngest driver to ever win a Late Model race at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway.
SWEEPS U.S. LEGENDS WINTER HEAT SERIES
The breakout 2017 season for Mayer featured a full slate of US Legend Car Series events, including first place in the U.S. Legend Car Winter Heat Championship, where he took a pole at each race.