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Sony, Nissan bring GT Academy to U.S.

Tue, 16 Nov 2010

Come Nov. 24, your PlayStation 3 will be able to fire up Gran Turismo 5 and bring realistic racing into living rooms across the country. Sony and Nissan are teaming up to give players the opportunity to get onto the track in real life by bringing the GT Academy to the United States.

Beginning on Dec. 15, players will be able to compete in GT5 against other players on the PlayStation Network in a series of online time trials behind the wheel of prechosen Nissan cars. Prizes and free content can be earned throughout the competition. The top 32 players in the country will then be invited to participate in a live national finals event in March 2011 to compress the field to 16 GT Academy finalists.

From there, those 16 people will get behind the wheel of a real Nissan race car and perform a series of other challenges to determine a GT Academy winner for the United States. The prize for winning the competition is the chance to train under top-tier professional race-car drivers at international tracks and to ultimately become part of a professional team.

The players' journey will be documented in a reality series slated to air on the Speed channel in 2011 with taping beginning with the live national event in March through the winner's pro-race driver training.

Registration begins on Dec. 1. Visit the official Gran Turismo Web site at for more information.

By Jonathan Wong