Eastern Conference, Formula 1000
Alex Mayer, of Harelysville, Pa., started his racing career at the ripe age of seven driving Quarter Midgets. Following a stint in karting and racing on dirt ovals, he jumped to SCCA road racing. Competing in Formula F his first year, he racked up 10 class wins on his way to a 2011 Northeast Division Championship and Rookie of the Year honors. Las year he made the jump to Formula 1000, again winning a Northeast Division title and finishing eighth at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.
Now a 19-year-old, 2013 was Mayer’s senior year of high school. Finding the time to accommodate school responsibilities, and other notable high school activities, has been a struggle worth overcoming on his way to a Formula 1000 Eastern Conference Championship.
“School was a challenge this year, causing me to enroll in a cyber-school in order to attend all the races I needed to,” Mayer said. “I graduated with my classmates and was still able to attend the prom, thought that took some extreme scheduling. I was only able to make one of two qualifying sessions in order to return home and get ready for the prom. After the prom, I slept on the way back to the track, making it just in time to make the grid for the first race. Fortunately, I was able to pull off a win on both Saturday and Sunday.”
Facing the top drivers in the Eastern Conference, Mayer captured four wins and three third-place finishes in eight races behind the wheel of the Mayer Motorsports/Autoworks Elan DP-04, totaling 139 points. In addition he sat on the pole twice.
Compiling his record against top-level competition meant a lot of Mayer.
“The Majors Championship is a higher level of competition with a greater number of competitors, making it one of the best events to race,” Mayer said.
Mayer wanted to make sure that he thanked the many folks who made his championship possible.
“I would like to thank SCCA and all the workers that make these events possible,” Mayer said. “Without their efforts, we wouldn't have the quality of racing that we have today. I would also like to thank my family, especially my dad. Without him, this would not be possible. I also want to thank my crew chief, Mike Signore, who talks me through the race. Also, thanks to my fellow competitors who are always there to lend a part or a helping hand, to make sure that everyone makes the race.”