Birthdate: June 26, 2003 | Hometown: Franklin, Wisconsin
Sam Mayer developed a love for speed at a young age and quickly proved to be a natural on the track. He officially started his racing career at the young age of four when he began racing the Kid Karts at Badger Raceway in his home state of Wisconsin.
Now, at age 17, Sam represents the future of auto racing, as he is quickly making a name for himself and dominating the track from behind the wheel.
Mayer joined GMS Racing for the 2019 season and won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship after earning four wins, 11 top-five and 11 top- 10 finishes in 12 starts during his first full season of competition in the series. Mayer also added his name to the record books by becoming the youngest champion in any NASCAR series.
Throughout the 2019 season, he also collected seven top-five finishes in eight starts in the ARCA Menards Series. Additionally, Mayer made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway where he ran in the top 10 much of the race.
In 2020, Mayer returns to GMS Racing for his second season with the team to defend his ARCA East championship and compete for the ARCA Showdown championship. Mayer started off the year strong by winning the season opener of the ARCA Menards East series at New Smyrna Raceway and also won the ARCA Menards West race at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He will compete in a select number of NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races for GMS Racing. He also returns to the Drivers Edge Development program as part of the 2020 class. Sam is the first driver ever to feature a nonprofit organization on all cars he’s racing in the ARCA Series this season. He will partner with nonprofit organizations founded by professional athletes in the NFL, NBA and MLB.
Mayer joined JR Motorsports' championship-winning Late Model program for the 2018 season, taking the seat of the team's second entry. He was the highest finishing rookie in the 2018 CARS Response Energy Tour late model championship standings, finishing fifth. Mayer won the Young Lions division of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Summer Shootout for Legends cars in 2017 and scored back-to-back championships in 2016 in the United States Pro Kart Series.
2017-20 Career Highlights
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
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.
LUCAS OIL RACEWAY TRIUMPH
Sam qualified for P10 at Lucas Oil Raceway, however he ended up starting last due to the starter needing to be replaced. Despite the initial setback, Sam finished seventh place.
SPEEDS TO FOURTH AT DOVER INTL. SPEEDWAY
During his first time out at the Crowley 125 “Monster Mile,” Sam qualified for P12 and was able to run a great race, working his way up to a fourth-place finish.
STEALS SIXTH-PLACE FINISH
After a strategic run at Orange County Speedway, Sam managed to move up from P15 to secure a sixth-place finish, his third top-ten finish with JR Motorsports.
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.
HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY COMBACK KID
After starting in P24 for the 28-car feature at Hickory Motor Speedway, Sam was able to snatch positions as the race went on despite battling a loose car and advanced to finish in seventh. It was Mayer’s third top-10 finish in CARS Late Model series competition this season.
ADVANCES TO FIFTH PLACE
Mayer started in P20 at Watkins Glen International but was able to reposition himself to tenth place and was able to rebound and finish in fifth.
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.
JOINED GMS RACING
FAITH ON FIELD APPEARANCE
Sam appeared on Faith On The Field, a one-of-its-kind weekly Christian sports talk radio show on 610 ESPN. It features faith-based interviews with multi-media personality Rob Maaddi and prominent professional athletes.
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.
VOTED MOST POPULAR CARS TOUR DRIVER
Sam was voted the CARS Tour Series’ Most Popular Driver in a poll conducted by Race22.com, earning 39% of the votes, just in front of Layne Riggs with 43%.
SECURES TOP-10 FINISH AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY
Out of 30 cars, Sam qualified for P12. He ran a solid race at South Boston Speedway and overall was able to move up four positions to take home an eighth-place finish.
RUNNER-UP AT HICKORY MOTOR SPEEDWAY
After starting in fifteenth place, Sam led the majority of the 200-Lap race at Hickory Motor Speedway. He took home a second-place finish, coming in behind teammate Josh Berry.
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.