CONCORD, N.C. – Despite only being 13 years old, Sam Mayer has already spent most of his life in a race car.
With that experience in mind, Mayer now has his sights set on a Bojangles’ Summer Shootout championship this summer at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Mayer won the round three feature in the K1 Speed Young Lions division, making a last-lap, last corner pass for the lead as the front-runners crashed around him and proving he will be a strong competitor in the race for the championship.
The Franklin, Wisconsin, native is not new to racing or the lifestyle that comes with it. His father, Scott Mayer, is a former Indy car and Grand Am driver, so racing is in Mayer’s blood.
At the age of four, Mayer was determined to start racing and jumped into a kart. By the age of 10, he had already won two national championships in the United States Pro Kart series and the Route 66 series.
Mayer finally moved up to a Legend Car when he was 11 years old, and he quickly learned it was not the same.
“I had to be at least five feet away from the wall because I was uncomfortable,” said Mayer, who drives the No. 22 Farbo Motorsports Legends Car. “I could only go half-throttle because I didn’t know the car at all.”
However, Mayer is leaning on his previous racing experience as he attempts to dominate the Young Lions division. In the first three rounds, Mayer has finished in the top five in every race. His No. 22 Legend Car is often stalking the leaders, looking for a chance to steal the lead.
Last Tuesday night, Mayer waited patiently in third behind the leaders, pouncing when they wrecked about 50 feet from the finish line. Mayer took advantage of their mishap and passed them to take the checkered flag.
With dreams of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in his mind, Mayer prepares to gain more experience and become a force to be reckoned with in the Legend Car. He is determined to win the Young Lions championship this summer as he looks ahead to a national Legend Car championship later this year.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is known for its tough competition, and Mayer is ready to take on this challenge to be in contention for the title.
“The competition is tough,” Mayer said. “There’s a lot of diversity in the drivers who are looking to get everything they can get and you just have to be aggressive back.”
CREDIT: Charlotte Motor Speedway