My name is Sean Johnston and I am a competitor in the 2011 North American GT Academy Finals to be held at Silverstone Circuit in the UK May 29th - June 5th. There, I'll be put through my paces in Nissan sports cars, run through an intense series of physically demanding endurance challenges, and tested in front of the cameras during an array of press conferences and interviews to gauge my media awareness. The grand prize at the end of eight days of intense competition is the opportunity to train in the UK for the next seven months. If I win, I will train with a Nissan race team to earn my International Racing License and then drive in a professional 24-hour endurance race, which will jump start my career as a professional racing driver.
The winner of the inaugural GT Academy in 2008 is racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. The GT Academy changes people’s lives. I've dedicated the past two months of my life to prepare as hard as I possibly can to put myself in a position to win the 2011 North American GT Academy and have it change my life, too. Will it be enough? You'll just have to wait and find out when the reality TV show airs on SPEED Channel this fall. Thanks to Nissan and Sony for creating this opportunity and thanks to you for watching!