“Racer X” Wildcard Announced for U.S. GT Academy 2012, National Finals Detailed

June 25th, 2012 by Jordan Greer

Lots of new information has just been published on the PlayStation Blog which outlines everything that’s about to go down at the U.S. GT Academy 2012 finals, which will be held alongside Comic-Con next month in San Diego, California.

If you didn’t make it into the top 32 moving forward in the competition, you still have one more chance: Sony and Nissan will be hosting a special wildcard challenge to find “Racer X”, a 33rd finalist who will join the competition and compete directly with the other finalists.

Racer X will be determined via a time-trial challenge held at the Oasis Bar inside the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego on Thursday, July 12th from 10:00am to 4:00pm PST. Eligible players will need to arrive and register at the event as early as possible to secure their chance for a hot lap.

As if a spot in the GT Academy finals wasn’t enough, Racer X will also be awarded a special-edition HumanRacing GT Chassis racing seat, complete with a Thrustmaster T500RS steering wheel and pedal set, as pictured below.

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  1. Jul. 7, 12:59am

    Racer X…
    Speed Racer’s brother?

  2. Jun. 28, 1:46pm

    I just looked at the Comic Con prices and it looks like it’s sold out, how could I get in to drive my lap if I can’t get through the front door?

  3. Jun. 27, 11:29am

    Just found it on the web!


    $1,638.50 Cdn, including taxes eh!

  4. Jun. 27, 11:24am

    Awesome rig! Where can I get one? I am in Canada eh!

  5. Jun. 26, 3:43pm

    OK, so the reservations need to be more clear… the description above seems like first come serve.
    So I live in the East Coast, and lets say…. if I buy a plane ticket and stay in a hotel room ( around $800) and by the time I get to the event, they tell me that the competition is full.. I might want to break something!

    So please tell us how exactly can we register and secure a spot at this event.

    Thank you

  6. Jun. 26, 3:10pm

    Oh, and I forgot to ask. Is there any fee when we go register?

  7. Jun. 26, 3:06pm

    So nice that Human Racing rig O_o

    I looked it up and only the seat costs about 1.500€

  8. Jun. 26, 3:05pm

    Alright, I will be going for sure now. I am so stoked for this, but at the same time nervous to meet the GT5 veterans. LOL
    Man, I am glad I turned 18 just last year. =D

  9. Jun. 26, 12:20pm

    Kaz, Nissan, Sony, please send me the bill, I want to buy two of these, thanks!

  10. Jun. 26, 8:50am

    *into the future we go* Racer X has won the competition! That would be dramatic. I think it adds quite a tension in the top 32. You thought you were safe? THINK AGAIN! Brewhhahahahahaahaha

  11. Jun. 26, 8:48am

    I’d kill for the playseat…

  12. Jun. 26, 8:18am

    O_O i want one!!

  13. Jun. 26, 7:32am


    Get off your arse and get yourself there. You’ll always wonder what would have happend if you stay home.
    Besides, it’s got to be one hell of a good time. San Diego is another word for “good looking women”.
    You might not be able to concentrait on driving LOL.

    And I would kill for that racing seat and wheel/pedal setup. Looks like it would fit someone my size pretty well.

    • Jun. 26, 8:58am

      Bah. I went outside once, the graphics weren’t that good.

  14. Jun. 26, 7:19am

    i just turned on ps3 the other day and got a message from gt academy to sign up but i think its to late “DAMMIT”.i guess i’m not going to have another chance sign up maybe next time.

  15. Jun. 26, 4:43am

    Anyone know if Canadians are allowed to enter this?

    • Jun. 26, 12:48pm

      According to the official rules, no:

      “Contest open to legal U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older as of July 12, 2012 and who are in San Diego on July 12, 2012.”

  16. Jun. 26, 4:28am

    Racer x gonna be one happy person

  17. Jun. 25, 11:49pm

    Dang I haven’t played GT5 in a while but I would love to join this event. I live in SD as well but I am no where near good.
    Should I go anyways? I just think It looks fun to meet people and to just be in the whole GT atmosphere. lol

    • Jun. 26, 12:23am

      If you can go, go! The best chance you’ll ever have is in the same machine with a much more limited pool of opponents. I’d love to be able to attend but living many states away this is a no-go.

    • Jun. 26, 1:28am

      Go for it bro!!!!!!!

    • Jun. 26, 6:13am

      i would,sounds exciting,but i in oz

  18. Jun. 25, 11:34pm

    Forget any other rigs, that looks better than anything I have ever seen.

  19. Jun. 25, 11:18pm

    holy mother, just checked the price of this rig, along with the T500, the value is more than $2000

  20. Jun. 25, 10:48pm

    Wow that thing is nice. I dont know if it would fit in my little apartment.

  21. Jun. 25, 10:44pm
    Mac K

    Love that rig, wow!

  22. Jun. 25, 10:13pm

    Best rig ever man. Wait until you sit on it.

  23. Jun. 25, 10:07pm

    Wow are you serious? The day before I come back from Vegas…

    • Jun. 26, 1:29am

      Me too. I came back from SD a week ago!

      But that racing rig!!!!!! O__o

  24. Jun. 25, 9:58pm

    That rig is a freaking Monster!!

  25. Jun. 25, 9:56pm

    So we’d need to book our own reservations to SD right?

    • Jun. 25, 9:59pm

      If you want to compete for the wildcard position, yes.

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