Sam Mayer

Learn more about the Driver of the No. 9 Late Model

Sam Mayer
Birth Date
June 26, 2003
Franklin, Wisc.

Sam Mayer stepped onto the national stage in 2018 by signing with JR Motorsports for the Late Model season in the Southeast. The 15-year-old driver, son of former IndyCar and Grand-Am sports car driver Scott Mayer, paired with team leader Josh Berry in the No. 9 Menards JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Mayer won his first CARS Late Model Stock Car race at Wake County Speedway in August and earned seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 23 starts. That led to a fifth-place finish in CARS LMSC points.

Mayer also added two victories in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition at the legendary Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. When not racing the JRM Late Model, Mayer also won the Bojangles Summer Shootout title in the U.S. Legend Cars Pro Division.

In 2019, Mayer joined the Drivers Edge Development program, a joint venture of JR Motorsports, GMS Racing and Chevrolet. His 2019 schedule includes NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, ARCA and NASCAR K&N Series events for GMS and selected Late Model events with JR Motorsports.

The young driver got his start at age 4 in the go-kart ranks in his home state of Wisconsin. After winning several races and regional series titles, he moved 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 US Legend Series events, winning the US Legend Winter Heat Championship, the Summer Shootout and US Legend 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, a race won by his soon-to-be teammate, Berry.

Mayer spends his off-time fishing, playing baseball, constructing train sets and spending time with his family.