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Gran Turismo Academy winner chosen for Nissan DeltaWing project team [Video]

Lucas Ordonez, Nissan's first Gran Turismo Academy winner, received what he thought was his best birthday present this week when he was selected to join the test team for the Nissan DeltaWing.

The Nissan DeltaWing project aims to change the face of racing by completing the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours on June 16th and 17th, using half the fuel and half the tires of normal race cars. The design and principles used could change the face of racing.

Ordonez, who turned 27 on Tuesday, will join Nissan DeltaWing driver Marino “Dario” Franchitti at Magny-Cours in France and Motorland Aragon in Spain. Franchitti is a successful driver and in IndyCar and it must feel great for Ordonez to be able to drive with him.

The Gran Turismo Academy is an innovative competition created by Nissan and Sony that seeks to discover raw driving talent via the Playstation gaming platform. Lucas was the first winner of GT Academy in 2008 and the first student of Nissan's driver development program. He has seen successful with progression through the racing ranks and in just three years he has gone from virtual racing to reality, lining up for his first Le Mans 24 Hours last summer in LMP2.

Earlier this year several GT Academy winners secured a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Dubai and one raced against legendary motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi.

The fourth GT Academy competition began this week. Anyone in the world with a PlayStation3 with an internet connection and Gran Turismo 5 racing game can enter.


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Marino "Dario" Franchitti LOL