Lucas Ordoñez takes off on a 24-hour road trip – Click above to watch video after the jump

Oh, what a life...

Lucas Ordoñez went from racing cars on his couch to sitting behind the wheel of a real-life Nissan LMP2 racecar. After winning the Nissan/Playstation GT Academy contest, Ordoñez earned a shot at putting his virtual skills to the test. He's running a full Le Mans Cup schedule this year, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nissan is prepping him for a full day of racing, and to do that they've sent him and his teammates on a trip around England.

Armed with a Nissan GT-R, an RV, trainers and a dietitian, Lucas Ordoñez and his team will split driving duties as they travel around the country. The team knows this isn't as dramatic as spending hours behind the wheel of a racecar, but it's still a good warm-up to the real thing. Click past the jump to watch Lucas and friends on their research road trip.


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      Teddy Sweat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrads to the winner, I'm sure any normal GT player would love to be in his place. *Expecting plenty of GT5 jokes about this*
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teddy Sweat
        The only joke is GT5 itself. I mean GT4HD. Cuz that's what it is.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teddy Sweat
        I'm flying out to Silverstone tomorrow to compete in the USA finals. Hopefully I'll be joining him!
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jason
          GT Academy Finals were in Orlando....last March....
          Jason
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jason
          Call those the national finals actually, 32 went in and 16 came out. Now those 16 are headed to Silverstone on Friday to compete for the racing contract.
      StegRacing@youtube
      • 3 Years Ago
      Waaaaaaait a minute.. UK people don't drive from the left seat!?
      Philip P Waress
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just wish Microsoft would do this with Forza , kinda show up PS and GT series . .still very cool to go from gamer to professional race car rockstar
      Benfolio
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll just leave this right..... here. http://jalopnik.com/5805913/forza-motorsport-4-five-pre+order-cars-show-off-showroom-shine/gallery/1
        Damien Lo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Benfolio
        The cars look good! There's still something odd about it though, the lighting engine they're using doesn't help, the metal looks kinda faux plastic.
      haji
      • 3 Years Ago
      -Lucas OrdoƱez went from racing cars on his couch to sitting behind the wheel of a real-life Nissan LMP2 racecar obviously its the other way round. ordonez was a skillful driver to begin with, who also liked to play games. he wasnt one of those geek players who spent 90% of their life behind tv monitors.