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5th Season of GT Academy in Full Swing

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Nissan and PlayStation entered into a highly successful collaboration a few years back when the pair dreamed up GT Academy, which allows video gamers to test their skills on virtual tracks—and the best of the best to take those skills and put them into action on actual tracks. The 5th season of GT Academy started just last week, meaning drivers around the country are competing in the game Gran Turismo 6 (also called GT6) in an attempt to become one of the 20 fastest gamers for a chance to compete at the National Finals later this year.

This season, Nissan and PlayStation are shaking things up just a bit. The US will now be participating in the international competition, meaning only six drivers from the National Finals will move on to the International Race Camp. The lucky few who do will then compete to earn a professional racing placement with Nissan.

5th Season of GT Academy | Nicholas Hammann was crowned the winner of season 4

Nicholas Hammann was crowned the winner of season 4

The program has proved quite successful in the last four seasons. Bryan Heitkotter, who won in 2011, is racing in the full season for 2015, in a GT-R GT3, in the Pirelli World Challenge. Other victors, including Steven Doherty (2012), Nick McMillen (2013), and Nic Hammann (2014), will be dividing up their time behind the wheel of the #41 Doran Racing-GT Academy 370Z NISMO in the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge Series.

The winner of the 5th season of GT Academy will certainly have a lot to live up to. If you think you can rise to the challenge, you have until 2:59am (Eastern) on Tuesday, June 16th, to try to set a best time. Good luck!

Tim Shults likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.