Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have announced that gamer-to-real-racer competition the NISMO PlayStation® GT Academy returns for a sixth installment in 2014. Online qualifying on PlayStation's Gran Turismo®6 game begins on April 21.
Jann Mardenborough will compete in Formula One feeder series, GP3, in 2014 with the championship-winning Arden International team. The 2011 GT Academy winner also joins an intensive driver development program with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the most successful Formula One team of recent times.
The Nissan PlayStation GT Academy has been discovering new talent since 2008. Gamers living in Europe, Russia, the U.S., the Middle East and South Africa have an annual opportunity to become the next Lucas Ordonez or Jann Mardenborough.
Nissan GT Academy has crowned a U.S. winner for its third season. In the final 60-minute episode of the popular TV show on Spike TV, 20-year-old Nick McMillen outraced the remaining three competitors with a dramatic last lap pass to earn the coveted red helmet, signifying the crowning achievement in the gamer-to-racer quest.
At the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane, Nissan was honored with the Autosport Award for Pioneering and Innovation for GT Academy Nissan's Director of Global Motorsport, Darren Cox, accepted the coveted award from F1's Paul Di Resta during a ceremony that was attended by the great and the good of the motorsport industry.
The 32 fastest Gran Turismo gamers in America compete in Times Square on Gran Turismo 6, battle for speed at Monticello Raceway, and race karts wheel-to-wheel for an opportunity to attend GT Academy at Silverstone in the UK.
The G-Drive Racing squad of Roman Rusinov, Mike Conway and John Martin executed another textbook victory last weekend, winning the 6 Hours of Shanghai, the penultimate round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Nissan GT Academy returns to U.S. television for its third season, determining once again which of America's best racers from PlayStation®3 driving simulator Gran Turismo®6 have what it takes to make the jump from the couch to the cockpit to become a professional racing driver.