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Nick McMillen quits day job to race in Nissan GT Academy final and wins

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Autoweek reported earlier yesterday ( Dec 19,2013) that 20 year old motocross rider and now former auto-salesman won the 2013 Nissan GT academy final, giving the winner a chance to train and race with Nissan next year.

Just a few days before the final, Nick McMillen asked his boss at the VW dealership he worked at for a few days off to compete in the final and was denied approval. According to McMillen,

"I asked my bosses if I could get some time off to go to the finals in New York, and they said they didn’t want me to be gone that long, so I quit.That’s how much having a chance to race means to me."

The Nissan GT Academy is a virtual race that pits the best online drivers from around the world against each other to determine who's number one. The entire season is chronicled and broadcast on Spike TV. This season, more than 400,000 drivers competed

The winners of the academy must face an intense driver program in order to qualify for a full season racing in a Nissan GT-R GT3 Nismo in a top-level championship.

Since the taping, McMillen has been training with other Nismo athletes at the Silverstone Circuit in the U.K.to earn his international endurance racing license.

Ultimately, Nick will compete with other GT Academy winners in the 24 Hours of Dubai, a sports car and touring car automobile endurance race held annually at the Dubai Autodrome started in 2006.

It looks like McMillen never had autosalesmen written in his stars in the first place

Source: AutoWeek

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