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Gran Turismo 5's GT Racing academy opens Dec 6th

12:00 PM on 11.16.2010 // Dale North

What is GT Racing academy? It's where compete in a series of online time trials in pre-selected Nissan vehicles in Gran Turismo 5. All participants will earn free DLCt just for playing, as well as have an opportunity to win prizes for winning regional time trials.

It gets better: The top 32 virtual racers in the country will be invited to compete in the live national finals event in March 2011 to become one of 16 GT Academy finalists. The 16 finalists will compete against each other in a series of challenges for a chance to become a professional race car driver as the GT Academy winner for the U.S. But here's the big eventual payoff: The winner will have the opportunity to train with elite race car drivers at international tracks and race as part of a professional team.

This whole thing will be documented in a reality show airing on the SPEED channel and the PlayStation Network in 2011. The reality show series will start filming in March 2011 from the GT Academy finals through training as a pro race driver. That's pretty cool.

Gran Turismo 5 comes out November 24th. Are you going to try to compete in GT Academy?

The overall competition will run as follows:

Phase One

Racing enthusiasts will put their racing and gaming skills to the test as they compete in various regional online ladders playing Gran Turismo 5 on PlayStation®Network. Finalists will then participate in a live head-to-head competition.

Phase Two

16 lucky finalists emerge from the live event and go behind the wheel of real cars, including the Nissan 370Z and GT-R, at a comprehensive GT Academy 'boot camp'. The 'boot camp' will be featured as part of a multi-episode reality show to air on SPEED.

Phase Three

The 2011 U.S. Winner will train to become a professional driver in preparation for competing as part of a professional team at a major race event.

For full terms and conditions and more information about GT Academy please visit:


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