Sam I Am

Birthdate: June 26, 2003 | Hometown: Franklin, Wisconsin 

Sam Mayer is an 18-year old phenom who, after winning the ARCA Menard’s Series championship in 2019 and 2020, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2019, burst onto the NASCAR scene winning his first Truck Series race in only his seventh start, at Bristol Motor Speedway in the fall of 2020.


Mayer's 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship made him the youngest driver at the time to ever score a NASCAR championship at the age of 16, three months and eight days.


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 will team with crew chief Taylor Moyer to pilot the No. 1 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports as he competes for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship. 

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Career Highlights

2021

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

2020

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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

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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.

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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.

2019

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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.

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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. 

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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.

2018

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JOINED GMS RACING

GMS Racing officially added Sam to the team for the 2019 season, allowing them to expand into ARCA Racing Seriesand NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

2017

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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