Coming off an awesome 2019 racing season, Sam Mayer of Franklin is back with the Drivers Edge Development Program lineup for the 2020 schedule.
The defending NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (now ARCA/Menards East Series) champion, Mayer collected wins in four of the 12 races on the East schedule in 2019 including twice at Bristol, Iowa and the season finale at Dover. He was on the podium three other times and was only outside the top five once in an amazing summer season.
He also appeared in eight ARCA Menards Series events and again was consistently near the front with five podium finishes and top fives in all but one round.
Mayer ran under the umbrella of Drivers Edge last season and was recently named in a press release as one of eight young racers that will be included in the co-operative effort of JR Motorsports and GMS Racing.
Presented by Chevrolet, Drivers Edge Development is designed to groom the next generation of racing superstars through a tiered competition pipeline and comprehensive off-track education.
Mayer, son of former IndyCar racer Scott Mayer, will specifically be part of the GMS Racing team out of North Carolina and will race in both the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks series, having given a preview running three events last season at Bristol, Martinsville and Phoenix.
Drivers Edge announced is six-driver team recently with three others as part of the GMS team: Tyler Ankrum, Sheldon Creed and Zane Smith – all out of California and all expected to be included in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Two others, Noah Gragson of Nevada and Connor Mosack from North Carolina will run Late Model Regional series for the JR Motorsports team.
Equally as important as the competition focus, Drivers Edge Development provides added training to enhance participants’ professional growth off the track. Drivers will partake in educational programs presented by industry experts focusing on their physical, mental and technical development. An emphasis is placed on areas such as brand building, social media and digital content, media training and fan relations in addition to support for partner procurement and retention.
The opening round of the ARCA Menards Series will be the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway on February 8 and the first race on the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series will be the Next Era Energy Resources 250 also at Daytona, six days later.