Nissan's GT Academy Prepares for Season Three| Edmunds

Nissan's GT Academy Prepares for Season Three

Just the Facts:
  • The Nissan GT Academy racing competition is returning for a third season in North America.
  • The Nissan GT Academy 2013 will be played on a demo of Gran Turismo 6.
  • Gran Turismo 6 officially hits shelves this holiday season.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee — Nissan Americas and Sony Computer Entertainment America have announced that the GT Academy televised racing competition will return for a third season in North America.

The GT Academy kicked off in Europe in 2008 and allows gamers to make the move from virtual to real racer by proving their skills in the Gran Turismo video game. Since inception, the competition has attracted more than 2 million entries, and six former winners are now Nismo athletes competing in high-level racing for Nissan. In fact, two of the winners will be racing for Nissan at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours this June.

The online qualification rounds will use a demo version of the Gran Turismo 6 game that hits shelves in time for Christmas. This year's North American format will have the 32 fastest virtual gamers compete in a final race where only 16 racers advance. Those 16 finalists will head to the Silverstone Circuit to race real Nissan cars, which will be televised and make up the third season of the GT Academy.

"Every year of GT Academy has provided excitement and firsts, and 2013 will be no exception," said Darren Cox, Nissan's director of global motorsport in a statement. "The selection process and driver development program are now so robust that we are turning out some genuinely fast racing drivers. At its core GT Academy remains a highly accessible route into professional motor racing for people who would otherwise not have the opportunity."

Winners go through Nissan's Driver Development Program in an attempt to qualify for the grand prize of racing a Nissan GT-R GT3 Nismo in a top-level championship.

The preliminary online qualifying round runs from July 2-30 on the Gran Turismo 6 demo with registration being available from June 11- July 2. Check out the competition's North America Facebook page for more details.

Edmunds says: A cool competition that is sure to find success using the Gran Turismo 6 demo platform.

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