NASCAR Prospect Sam Mayer Involved in Horrific Crash in Trans Am Race at Road America

Published 08/09/2020, 9:44 AM EDT
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE – AUGUST 15: Sam Mayer, driver of the #21 Manpower Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practices for the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 15, 2019 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

17-year-old Sam Mayer, a NASCAR prospect, recovered after being involved in a horrific crash during the Trans Am TA2 race at Road America on Saturday.


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Sam Mayer suffered a hairline fracture on his right wrist as a result of the crash but finished on the podium with a second-place finish.

Racing near the front of the field, the said crash affected about a dozen drivers. The crash and fire led to a long clean-up process and ended the race abruptly.


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“I am feeling OK. Just a little emotional after that race. I am disappointed in how that race ended. The race was a lot of fun,Mayer said after the race.

“Hopefully we can come back soon, if our schedule permits, to come back for the win,” he added.

Sam Mayer finishes second despite crash

After an initial examination of his condition, Mayer went to the podium after the race.

Sam’s father, Scott Mayer, confirmed that Sam had suffered a wrist fracture.

The race was stopped just before the finish line because of the accident.

Rafa Matos was apparently the winner with the chequered flag, but was denied as the running order on the previous completed lap was deemed official.

Mike Skeen was declared as the winner of the race, with Mayer in second place. Matos had to settle for third.
Skeen was also involved in the crash with Mayer and others.

Despite the drama at the end, Matos had a good race to finish third after starting in 29th place.

Fans in attendance again at Road America

Road America hosted a fourth race this season with fans in attendance in the stadium, despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

Attendance has certainly been lower but they have had good numbers coming into the stands.

Mayer was competing at Road America for the first time.

He won both the ARCA Menards Series races at Toledo Speedway last weekend.

Sam Mayer

Mayer is a development driver for GMS Racing at JR Motorsports.


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He currently races full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and in the Pro Series West.

He also is a part-time driver in the ARCA Menards Series and in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.


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Source – Milwaukee Journal


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