From gamers to real racers, Nissan GT Academy comes to Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – If you’ve ever been playing a video game and thought you could do it in real life, now you can.

The Nissan GT Academy was in Nashville Wednesday as 20 gamers were selected from over 40,000 for a chance to become a real life race car driver.

The 20 gamers were narrowed down to just 6 who’ll compete in England for a chance to drive an actual race in Dubai and earn a contract as a professional racer.

The 2011 Champion Bryan Heitkotter was the first to ever win the competition and is currently third in the standings of the Pirelli World Challenge.

“GT Academy came along after I lost my job, so it was the perfect opportunity, I thought, for a career change. I won the competition in 2011, the first year it was held in the US, and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. I’m racing cars now; it’s been a total dream come true. I couldn’t be happier,” he said.

The gamers went through various tests, both physical and virtual, before getting behind the wheel of the actual cars.

Nissan is the sponsor of the event and says the GT Academy has done a lot for their brand.

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