Nissan has announced that the U.S. Nissan GT Academy finals would be held in Nashville, Tennessee, where six top performers will be then be chosen to go to Silverstone in the UK for a shot at becoming the next GT Academy champion.
Every year, Nissan tests and recruits new drivers whose previous racing experiences amount to little more than playing Gran Turismo on the PlayStation. Contrary to what one might expect from that premise, it’s been a huge success. The first-ever GT Academy champion, Lucas Ordoñez, was racing in the LMP1 class at Le Mans just earlier this year, and the first U.S. champion, Bryan Heitkotter, has been rocking the Pirelli World Challenge series.
This year, the 20 top virtual drivers are heading to Nashville to compete in the U.S. finals, which include virtual, physical, and on-track evaluations and competitions. The best six will advance to the global finals in Silverstone, where only one will be chosen to start a new racing career.
Now if you’ll excuse us, a few of us will be in the back room at High Point Nissan practicing our virtual skills…