Team SLR/Fields Racing will enter 15-year-old Midwesterner Sam Mayer in the Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli race at Road Atlanta this weekend. Mayer, a key member of Team Chevy’s Driver’s Edge Development program, is racing full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for GMS Racing this season along with making select starts in the ARCA Menards and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck series. He will be making his first start in the Trans Am.
Team SLR co-owner Scott Lagasse Sr. watched the young racer compete in the K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida last month and was impressed with what he saw.
“Sam made some smart decisions on the track in that race,” said Lagasse. “He had several chances to make a mess but he kept himself in check and did a nice job. I enjoyed talking with him and getting to know him.
“We’re bringing him to a track that is very technical in nature,” team owner Lagasse continued. “Road Atlanta has a couple of different blind corners and it takes a lot of laps to really master. He raced well in the K&N car at Watkins Glen last year, so we know that he has a feel for a road course in stock cars. But this will be a very different experience for him, both in terms of the type of car and the complexity of the course.”
For his part, Mayer says he knows the Road Atlanta weekend will be both challenging and educational, but says he’s ready.
“I’m never afraid of a challenge,” he smiled. “I love racing on road courses. For me, the chance to race a Trans Am Chevrolet Camaro at Road Atlanta will be fun. I know I’m going to learn a lot racing against drivers who have done this type of racing for a long time, but I will have some of the best teachers in Scott [Lagasse] and his team, so I’m confident that I can get up to speed and do well. I am thankful for this opportunity.”
The Trans Am, which dates back to 1966, is known as America’s Road Racing Series. Some of the greatest names in motorsports have participated in it over five decades, including Tommy Kendall, Mark Donohue, Peter Gregg, Bob Tullius, and Wally Dallenbach Jr., who all have won Trans Am championships.
Road Atlanta will host the Trans-Am Series by Pirelli race on March 29-30, the second of 12 races on the 2019 schedule.