Nissan GT Academy North America Season 2 Crowns Doherty, Eyes First
International Race In January
ILLINOIS NATIVE OUTGUNS 15 OTHER GAMERS AT SILVERSTONE
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Dec. 10, 2012
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --An unemployed 29-year old
mechanic from Plainfield, Ill., toppled 15 of North America's fastest virtual
racers at the track to win Nissan GT Academy North America Season 2. Steve
Doherty won a series of on- and off-track challenges designed to find out
which of the top 16 Gran Turismo^® virtual racers had what it takes to
outdrive and outlast the others to earn a seat in a Nissan race car.
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Set at England's legendary Silverstone circuit, the six-week GT Academy
television series captured every challenge and all of the human drama of an
intense week of racing boot camp. Pro racers Danny Sullivan, Maryeve Dufault
and Boris Said evaluated the contestants and each week sent those who didn't
measure up home. Doherty emerged as the winner and will remain in the U.K. to
undergo intensive professional racing training that will qualify him for an
international racing license.
Doherty made it to the GT Academy North American finals in 2011 but missed the
final 16 at Silverstone by six tenths of a second.
"After being so close, I knew I could never let a chance like that slip
through my fingers again," said Doherty. "That's where my history in sports
helped me. The only person who can motivate you is yourself. I knew I would
never get another chance like this, so I tried to make the best of every day.
All of the hard work and commitment has paid off in the biggest way possible,
but there's much more work ahead."
Doherty's ultimate dream is to compete in the Daytona 24 Hour, but he has
other challenges to master first. On Jan. 10, he and three other GT Academy
Champions from Europe will team up in a race prepared Nissan 370Z to race at
the Dubai 24 Hour race in the Middle East. Last year, a similar team
including 2011 GT Academy North America winner Bryan Heitkotter captured a
podium finish by finishing third in class at Dubai. Heitkotter went on to make
a splash in Grand Am Continental Challenge racing by taking two pole positions
and four top-ten finishes in a Nissan Motorsports-Doran Racing 370Z.
"It's impressive how well the concept has worked," adds racing veteran and GT
Academy judge Boris Said. "Not every video gamer has what it takes to race
wheel to wheel on the track, but for some the talent and the desire to compete
is strong enough to make it successful."
All six episodes can be viewed on Spike TV's web site at
www.spike.com/shows/nissan-gt-academy. The GT Academy program was conceived
by Nissan and Sony and developed by TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles and OMD.
Critical Mass is responsible for the GT Academy website, Pit Pass
second-screen experience and first-person Facebook video.
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