Nissan GT Academy U.S. champions Bryan Heitkotter and Steve Doherty will team up behind the wheel of a Nissan Altima for the remainder of the 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) racing season in the No. 34 Street Touring (ST) class CA Sport/Skullcandy machine. This weekend, the duo will take on an always crowded field at the Monterey Grand Prix at historic Laguna Seca Raceway in California.
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.