The winners of Nissan’s GT Academy have been chosen. To nobody’s surprise in particular, their group photograph is completely unsuitable for this site. Turns out that the Internet is a little short on hot girls or street-wise African-American dudes who are totes into racing imaginary cars online. Oh well. Now, the shortlist of digital Sennas is off to try their hand at driving some real cars.
While the Nissan GT Academy doesn’t necessarily prove that being a great video-game race-car driver is equivalent to becoming a great real-world race car driver, the winners of the program have gone on to some considerable success. The 2011 US winner, Bryan Heitkotter, already has a couple of Grand-Am Continental podiums under his belt and took 27th place (of 35) in his Speed World Challenge GT debut this past weekend. (Long-time TTAC readers will be interested to note that your author’s nemesis, Michael Cooper, clinched both the Touring Car win and the season championship this weekend. Congratulations Michael!)
This year’s contenders are pretty much what you’d expect: most of them list their occupation as either “Student” or “Unemployed”. None of them abandoned careers in modeling or powerlifting to pursue their dream of racing in the basement. Still, there’s nothing like a professional career in European sports-car racing to catch some attention from
gold-digging ex-prostitutes from the Eastern Bloc the ladies. We wish the competitors the best and will keep all of you posted on the results of the final in-car competition!