Sam Mayer to make Xfinity debut in 2021 with JR Motorsports

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Sam Mayer will drive for JR Motorsports in the second half of the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series before moving to a full-time role in 2022, the team announced Tuesday.

The 17-year-old Mayer is running select Truck and ARCA races this season, winning four ARCA races. He drove for the JR Motorsports Late Model team in 2018-19. Mayer also drove for GMS Racing in 2019 and won the K&N Pro Series East title that season.

“Having the opportunity to return to JR Motorsports after racing late models with them in 2018 is definitely very special to me,” Mayer said in a statement. “Being able to share this news makes me very excited for the coming year. I hope I can learn as much as I can in the second half of next season and to be ready to go race fulltime for the NXS championship in 2022.”

The team did not release details on what car number Mayer will drive in the second half of the 2021 season. He turns 18 on June 26, 2021, allowing him to compete on every Xfinity Series track then.