NISMO athlete and 2011 Nissan GT Academy champion Bryan Heitkotter was looking for a solid start to the 2015 season. With a new co-driver in his first American race and a new car at the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway course, however, he wasn’t sure how it would all turn out.
Nissan GT Academy’s 2013 North American Champion Nickolas McMillen celebrated his 22nd birthday doing his favorite thing: pushing a race car to its limit at Daytona International Speedway during qualifying for Friday’s BMW 200 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) race.
For a kid who grew up in the shadow of one of America’s most beautiful racing circuits, this win was the culmination of one dream and the beginning of another. Nicholas Hammann of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin outlasted 11 finalists at the legendary Silverstone circuit in England to be crowned the 2014 Nissan GT Academy North American champion.
This past weekend, the black #33 Nissan 370Z that had been a street car just two weeks earlier finished the grueling NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill an amazing third in its class and 10th overall Sunday at the 3.0-mile, 15-turn Thunderhill Raceway Park in northern California.