Sam Mayer

Learn more about the Driver of the No. 8 NXS Chevy

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

In 2021, JR Motorsports welcomes the return of Sam Mayer, an alumnus of the organization’s Late Model program and the youngest champion in NASCAR history, as the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series following his 18th birthday on June 26.

Mayer reunites with JRM following a 2020 campaign that saw the 17-year-old driver score his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway and win a combined 11 races across all three ARCA Menards Series’ en route to the ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Showdown championship and the ARCA Menards Series East championship. Heading into the new year, the expectations are high for Mayer, who will use the second half of 2021 to prepare for a championship run in 2022.

Getting his start at the age of 4 in the go-kart ranks in his home state of Wisconsin, Mayer won several races and regional series titles before moving 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 U.S. Legend Car Series events, winning the U.S. Legend Car Winter Heat Championship, the Summer Shootout and U.S. Legend Car 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.

In 2018, the son of former IndyCar and road racing star Scott Mayer stepped onto the national stage, signing with JRM for the Southeast Late Model season. In his first season with JRM, the Franklin, Wis. native 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, resulting in a fifth-place finish in CARS LMSC points. Additionally, Mayer added two victories in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition at the legendary Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway and earned the prestigious Bojangles Summer Shootout Series title in the U.S. Legend Car Pro Division at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Following a strong 2018, Mayer joined GMS Racing to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, ARCA Series and NCWTS and was selected as a member of the inaugural Drivers Edge Development program, a joint venture of JRM, GMS and Chevrolet. Running the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series East, Mayer scored four wins, 11 top fives and 11 top 10s en route to a championship that crowned him the youngest champion in any NASCAR series at the age of 16 years, three months and eight days.

Mayer continued his winning ways into the 2020 race season, earning five victories on his way to the ARCA Menards Series East championship. Mayer was additionally crowned the Sioux Chief Showdown champion after scoring four wins and nine top fives across the 10-race series that combined all three ARCA Series. The young driver didn’t stop there, as Mayer brought home the checkered flag for his first career NCWTS victory at Bristol in September after leading the final 30 laps in just his sixth career start in the series.

Heading into 2021, Mayer will become the second driver from the JRM Late Model pipeline to return to the organization for NXS competition, joining 2017 NXS champion and current Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron, who piloted a JRM Late Model in 2014-15. Mayer will be behind the wheel of the No. 8 Chevrolet and paired with crew chief Taylor Moyer, who is entering his third season atop the pit box. Mayer joins a driver lineup for the No. 8 team that includes Josh Berry.