The Nissan GT Academy is back for a second season on television, and once again the Japanese automaker is challenging some of America’s top video gamers to see if they have what it takes to be professional racing drivers.
Following three months of online competition, 32 of the top 400,000 Gran Turismo players were chosen to participate in the challenge. The group met at Comic-Con in San Diego, California back in July where after two days of virtual racing, 16 finalists were selected. They have been invited to Silverstone Racing complex in England for a comprehensive on-track “boot camp” that challenges them both physically and mentally.
Over the course of the six-week TV series, which is hosted by former NFL player Dhani Jones, each driver’s performance will be critiqued by professional racers Danny Sullivan, Maryeve Dufault and Boris Said.
In each episode participants whose performance is not up to snuff will be sent packing. At the end of the series one winner will be announced and given professional training to qualify them for an international competition license.
Nissan GT Academy will debut Thursday, November 1 on SPIKE TV at 11:30pm. Episodes will also be available on Nissan’s YouTube channel.
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