Do Videogames Make You A Better Real-life Racer?

By | March 3, 2011

GT5 Contest Winner

Back in December, GranTurismo 5 launched a crazy PR stunt that gave couch potatoes something they’ve never had before – hope. The fastest legitimate times trial around a specified track would earn some lucky gamer a chance to hit the pavement in a real life Nissan car. Here’s how the contest broke down:

The top 32 nationwide are narrowed down to 16, who all get free trips to GT Academy at Silverstone in England. The winner gets to train professionally in a Nissan team car.

Well, apparently Lucas OrdoƱez caught some extra attention when he won the initial time trial (might be due to his “little bit of previous racing experience”), but now he’s scored a contract.

This GT5 gamer is actually signed to Team Signatech Nissan, and he’s going to be piloting the ORECA O3 LMP2 car in the 2011 International Le Mans Cup! That means he’ll be driving in 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, as well as 12 Hours of Sebring at the end of THIS MONTH!

So, the moral of the story for gamers is: Ignore your moms, girlfriends, wives, and body mass index meters who tell you that you need to get off of the couch, and keep gaming. Chances are not in your favor it will someday pay off!

[AJ Wilcox | Jalopnik]


StephAnn Knotts on March 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm.

haha. all I know is that I should never be on the road within 2 hours of playing any GT game, watching any Fast & Furious movies, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Italian Job…. etc.

AJ Wilcox on March 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm.

@Steph – totally agreed there. I’d add that no one should be allowed in a real vehicle for at least 2 hours after racing go karts or bumper cars…seriously screws with my brain.

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