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author photo by Jeffrey Archer September 2011

Have you ever wondered if your video game racing skills translate to the real world? Apparently Nissan North America has. The automaker is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment America and video game maker Polyphony Digital on a reality TV series aimed at giving America's top video game racers a shot at becoming a professional race car driver.

Dubbed GT Academy USA, the five-part reality show was produced in conjunction with SPEED TV. It features three distinct phases, with each narrowing the search for the top racer in the U.S. The first phase selected the 16 fastest drivers from a live, three-day tournament-style battle in March that pitted more than 54,000Gran Turismo 5 gamers against one another.

From there, the show moves to England's famous Silverstone Racing Complex, where the top 16 players enter an intensive seven-day racing academy. Contestants will be subject to a series of high-pressure elimination rounds featuring automotive challenges, high-performance driving competitions, and mental and physical aptitude tests judged by motorsport icons like Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan, former SCCA Trans-Am Series driver Tommy Kendall and American LeMans Series racer Liz Halliday.

At the end of the weeklong racing school, judges will crown the top driver GT Academy USA's champion. The show's third phase follows that driver to the Dubai 24 Hour endurance race, where he or she will help form a four-person race team sponsored by Nissan.

"GT Academy USA will create a life changing experience for gamers, celebrating the authenticity of Gran Turismo 5 for Sony PlayStation, and real life racing and performance, innovation for Nissan," said Jon Brancheau, Nissan North America's vice president of marketing. "GT Academy USA is a mesh of gaming, branded entertainment and social media, all designed to entertain, engage and reward the audience across multiple platforms from gaming consoles to social networks and primetime."

Nissan says that the show, which has been advertised with the tagline "from virtual to reality," premiers Tuesday, September 20 at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on SPEED.

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