If suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield can avoid jail time, he could have a job back behind the wheel of a racecar later this year.
ARCA team owner Roger Carter said Tuesday that he wants to put the embattled Mayfield in one of his cars.
He hopes to field a car for Mayfield in the June race at Pocono Raceway, but Carter is not sure if Mayfield can compete that soon in the Midwest-based stock-car series.
Carter currently operates Carter 2 Motorsports and has a long history of involvement in racing, including with the Sadler Brothers Racing team that put Mayfield in a Cup car for the first time in 1993.
“I was there when he started his career,” Carter said Tuesday in a phone interview. “He’s a heck of a good guy. He’s made some mistakes, no question about it. I feel like he wants to redeem himself.
“I know that he means well.”
Mayfield, who has five wins in 433 career Cup starts, cannot compete in NASCAR because of a suspension for a failed May 2009 drug test, which Mayfield disputes and has sued the sanctioning body.
That ban doesn’t cover other sanctioning bodies. An ARCA spokesman said that because Mayfield has not applied for an ARCA license, the sanctioning body has no comment.
“I feel very confident that he’s in a position where he could do it,” Carter said. “Jeremy is one heck of a good racecar driver and I think he would do well for us.”