JR Motorsports announced on Wednesday the signing of 14-year-old Sam Mayer to its championship-winning Late Model Stock program.
The Franklin, Wisconsin native will join reigning CARS Tour Josh Berry in what was the No. 8 last season for numerous events in 2018. Mayer is the son of former IndyCar and road racing star Scott Mayer, and has 10 years of racing experience in karts, Legends and Late Models.
He finished his first Late Model Stock campaign in 2017, earning three victories and 13 top-10s for Hawk McCall Motorsports. He ended the season with a fifth-place run in the prestigious Myrtle Beach 400, an event won by Berry.
“We’re very happy to have a young driver of Sam’s caliber join us here at JR Motorsports,” said L.W. Miller, director of motorsports at JRM. “He’s accomplished a lot in his career already, including against the top Late Model talent in the Southeast, and he definitely has all the qualities we look for on the track and off it.”
In addition to his Late Model success, Mayer also won the US Legend Car Winter Heat Championship, the Summer Shootout and US Legend Car Asphalt Nationals in 2017.
“It will be a really exciting experience, to know that I’m with a top NASCAR team and a top Late Model team,” Mayer said. “I hope to be really competitive and have lots of fun while doing it. I’m confident with the way the team is going to treat me and the car, and excited about seeing what we can do together and what we can accomplish.”
JR Motorsports is coming off a two-year stretch in which its Late Models have won 26 races in 97 starts. Berry has claimed 21 race victories in that span, while drivers Anthony Alfredo, Christian Eckes and Scott Bishop combined to add five wins to the total.
Now in its 17th year of competition, the JRM Late Model program has scored 40 victories in the last three seasons and track championships in 2012 and 2014. Berry also won the CARS Late Model Stock Car owner championship in 2016 in addition to the 2017 drivers title.
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