“Stars and Stripes” GT5 Seasonal Event Now Live

June 19th, 2013 by Michael Leary

The latest Seasonal Events are now available in Gran Turismo 5, featuring high power American sports cars. Five expert level challenges touring such locations as Daytona Road Course and Grand Valley Speedway await, and the rewards are just as high as they’ve come to be in these challenges.

Cars are limited to a maximum of 580PP and Sports/Hard tires or less. The challenges are as follows:

  • 580PP Stars & Stripes: High Speed Ring Reverse / 5 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/20 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.288,000  2nd: Cr.158,400  3rd: Cr.115,200
  • 580PP Stars & Stripes: Daytona Road Course / 5 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/20 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.280,000  2nd: Cr.154,000  3rd: Cr.112,000
  • 580PP Stars & Stripes: Grand Valley Speedway Reverse / 5 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/20 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.290,000  2nd: Cr.159,500  3rd: Cr.116,000
  • 580PP Stars & Stripes: Special Stage Route 5 / 5 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/20 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.285,000  2nd: Cr.156,750  3rd: Cr.114,000
  • 580PP Stars & Stripes: Toscana (Tarmac) 106A / 5 Laps
    Period of Availability: 2013/06/20 04:00 –
    1st: Cr.300,000  2nd: Cr.165,000  3rd: Cr.120,000

Note the “Performance Difference Bonus” applies, so more credits will be awarded for using a slower car below the maximum allowed PP value.

The game’s Online Car Dealership has also been updated with new inventory. As always, stop by our GT5 Seasonal Events forum for more analysis and discussion!

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  1. Jun. 24, 6:39pm

    Chase the Rabbit Again. *SIGH*

    • Jun. 26, 2:10pm

      I hate chasing rabbits too. I believe in a fair race :-)

  2. Jun. 24, 9:17am

    I managed Gold in all 5 using the # 4 GT 40 LM. Toscana was a hoot with three cars spinning out in the second lap then two more on lap 3. Even with SRF on, it was a fun seasonal.

  3. Jun. 22, 11:32pm

    For me, the Chaparral 2J worked best. Won every race :)

    • Jun. 23, 8:04am

      I know and the last race was entertaining driving in the dark without headlights :D

  4. Jun. 21, 3:52pm

    Used the Viper lineup first. All tuned to 580. Except the ACR, which is already at 579. In order of their model years. The ’03 is always peed because I only use it against the Shelby SC. Next up are the Vettes. The S7 can’t wait for its turn. This will be fun.

  5. Jun. 21, 6:43am

    Love that photo.

  6. Jun. 21, 12:48am
    Both Barrels

    The use of time change on the Toscana track is phemonenal. I saw light hit a yellow GT in front of me the likes of which I’ve never seen before, a completely new dynamic. GT6 is gonna be through the roof.

  7. Jun. 20, 11:54pm
    Fire Yoshi

    I got first place on all of them with the Viper GTS-R Concept. :)

    • Jun. 20, 11:55pm
      Fire Yoshi

      Stock, mind you. ;) But it’s a great car anyway.

    • Jun. 21, 12:10am
      Both Barrels

      I adore that car, it goes past 100mph in second gear. How can you mess with a gearbox like that LOL

  8. Jun. 20, 10:41pm
    Both Barrels

    Is it just me or is the effect of the SRF becoming less and less prevalent with each seasonal? In the earliest Challenges with SRF forced on ( the first time I’d ever experienced it ), it would almost drag my car to a halt when engaged. In my Ford GT ’02 I barely notice its’ effects. The Ford GT ’02 is the best one in my opinion, by the way. There’s a reason for its’ heightened value and lack of tradeability…

    • Jun. 20, 11:09pm
      Pit Crew

      BB you aint never lied bro. I got 3 02 GTs but hate using them because they’re special. I got a League race saturday, Ford vs Chevy and was gonna use an 02, but decided to go with the No stripe. I could be wrong but the GTs are quite torque happy. That combined with Sport Hard tires is maybe the reason SRF doesn’t feel as prevalent as in other seasonals. :tup.

    • Jun. 21, 12:14am
      Both Barrels

      I think you hit it on the head my friend. I realized that I break traction far less with the Sports Hards, and even though I run the Ford GT ’02 in purely stock form, it hooks up like a boss when you get it straightened out. It’s got a great diff and a good gearset.

  9. Jun. 20, 10:20pm

    Gt5 has really lost my interest. The seasonals are sooo maddening and ridiculous that I don’t even want to atempt them anymore. Its no fun because you get no choice in your car. Its either use the most over powered car there is and get the win or you use your favorite car and come 7 seconds behind. These races are nearly as bad as B-Spec races. Plus multiplayer is filled with the biggest tryhards youve ever seen. They can befriendly but its no fun when they spend 50+ hours perfectly tuning an overpowered car. Theres no place for the average racer.

    • Jun. 21, 10:12am

      The most annoying try-hards I see is the person that won is using the same car over and over again.#gay

  10. Jun. 20, 4:51pm

    I use my s7 which has 646 hp.In the last race I got pass the ford gt on the last corner.

  11. Jun. 20, 4:08pm

    Should have called it use the Ford GT or lose series. So much for using any other car maybe besides at the custom track.

    • Jun. 20, 5:46pm

      I agree to an extent. I can win with a mostly stock ’09 Vett but I would prefer some other options. Ideally I would like to be able to win these with a pure stock car; no mods, not even a racing tranny.

  12. Jun. 20, 2:53pm

    In the last race, if you get a Ford GT in first place at start, dont even try it, he got a 14 sec lead and I got him in the last corner in the last lap but got 2nd >:-l

    • Jun. 21, 7:56pm

      How did you get him and still come in second?

  13. Jun. 20, 2:00pm

    Tried the Grand Valley one with a 570 PP ACR Viper. It’s quite hard. The Ford GT in 1st position is hard to catch.

  14. Jun. 20, 1:41pm

    These seasonal events are very easy to win with the Chaparral 2J. Even too easy.

    • Jun. 20, 3:15pm

      Chaparral 2D you mean =)

    • Jun. 20, 5:54pm

      Yea it’s also easy to:

      Fish using Dynamite
      Win a knife fight with a gun
      Beat up 6 year olds
      Pass an open book test

      The Chaparral 2D is the closest thing to a cheat code that GT has.

  15. Jun. 20, 12:09pm

    Please start posting a direct link to the new OCD list. It is a pain having to click a few extra links every time this post comes out. The OCD updates are just as important as seasonal/tt/drift announcements. You used to list new OCD content right in the post…

  16. Jun. 20, 11:31am

    Its all good and that but can someone please tell me if SRF is on?
    Also does anyone know when Le Mans cars seasonal should appear?

    • Jun. 20, 5:57pm

      What do you think?

      Yes it’s on and yet some people still can’t win unless they use a 2D

      If you’re the ONLY car in the race with stickers and numbers on yer car that should be an indicator that yer doing something WRONG

    • Jun. 21, 12:38pm

      Was being sarcastic! Doh!

  17. Jun. 20, 11:15am

    Well!! Thank you So much for a Le Mans endurance Race, with real Le Mans Race Cars for this weekend real life event, in the new Seasonal – Ohh wait !! Stars and stripes ‘ Duh!! Fack it ..

    • Jun. 21, 7:58pm

      They need to hire a creative consultant for Seasonal ideas…PD obviously can’t handle it.

  18. Jun. 20, 11:04am

    Man I’m going to get a ps3 and GT5 asoon as possible, I played gran turismo, 2, 3 and 4. Gave away my ps2 along with gt3 and gt4, I wish I didn’t. I will be back to take GT Academy, i know I can go head to head with these guys who say/think they are fast. I have been watch alot of the videos on you tube and I know I run with them.

    • Jun. 20, 11:34am

      Wait for GT6, it will be slightly more finished game.

    • Jun. 20, 1:10pm

      Yeah, my advice is to wait for GT6. It’s around the corner. GT5 is great, but it has its negatives. Plus, you’ll have to spend on DLC and what not. I want to think all that content will be available in GT6 from day one. Plus, you’ll get more cars, tracks, better physics and a “more complete” experience as far as we have seen in the news.

      GT is one of those games that one the newer version comes out, the last one gets obsolete. Just wait a couple of months. It’ll be worth it.

    • Jun. 20, 2:00pm

      Not sure why people are telling you to wait for GT6 when it doesn’t come out until December. If you think you can compete, do it now. “knowing” doesn’t compare to “doing”

    • Jun. 20, 8:49pm

      I agree. Get GT5 ASAP. I’m sure you can grab one new with all the bells & whistles for cheap.

  19. Jun. 20, 11:03am

    Does anybody else notice this is a very old version of Daytona. The Bus stop is way too long and there isn’t even a flag stand!

    • Jun. 20, 11:34am

      Oh NOES!

    • Jun. 20, 12:53pm

      Yes I noticed that after watching the Ferrari Challenge a few months ago.

    • Jun. 21, 7:32pm

      It is the moto GP variation of the bus stop, not the 24 hr variation that rolex does. And yes the old track of course before they repaved it.

  20. Jun. 20, 10:20am

    Edurance event woulda been nice

  21. Jun. 20, 9:38am
    Motor City Hami

    Why is everyone so surprised that Stars and Stripes is this week’s seasonal and that SRF is force on? Pay attention people. They have been recycling the seasonals for about six months. The old Stars and Stripes was up until yesterday with SRF as an option.

    News flash, the seasonal to be posted on July 3rd is likely to be Dream Car Championships… with SRF forced on. If you like the no SRF version, you can still play it until July 3rd.

    • Jun. 20, 10:17am

      I dont agree with SRF being on all the time.

      But, I do like the look of this event. I’ve always enjoyed stars and stripes events and the pp limit for this one is gonna make the races pretty fun.

  22. Jun. 20, 8:52am

    It’s toooo easy to overtake, i hope it will be much harder in GT6

    • Jun. 20, 10:44am
      Ittybitty Stigy


  23. Jun. 20, 8:51am

    WHYYYY SRF ON ???? :(

    • Jun. 20, 11:35am

      For fat americans in their yank tanks

    • Jun. 20, 11:46am

      Why must you be rude? American cars don’t handle as badly as everyone says, and not all Americans are fat. I bet you have fat people in your country too.

    • Jun. 20, 1:12pm
      Pit Crew

      Well GTAndy you get troll of the Century award for that remark, especially since SRF has been on for every seasonal dating back to December 2012. Interesting enough you don’t find to many americans that call other nationalities names when it’s an event or car or track from another country, but soon as a USA event car or track seasonal comes up we get lambasted.

    • Jun. 20, 1:18pm

      You should try and drive a Viper or a Corvette one of these days if you think you’re a real car guy. They kill a couple of European super cars that cost twice as much, with nothing but a good old clutch pedal, a proper manual transmission and without all that traction control and nonsense.

      And I agree. Obesity is not an American issue. So I find the comment a bit out of tone.

    • Jun. 20, 1:30pm

      The obesity protest comes from someone called Bubblebelly. This doesn’t get any better.

    • Jun. 20, 4:12pm

      Yes, quite ironic. But I made this name quite a while ago and have since lost weight. But that’s beside the point. It’s still unfair to assume that all Americans are fat because we aren’t all fat.

  24. Jun. 20, 8:07am

    I’m going on hunger strike until the seasonals allow us to turn off SRF.

    • Jun. 20, 8:23am

      R.I.P. SillyBillyP

    • Jun. 20, 9:34am
      Motor City Hami

      Nicely said kekke. That toggle has been stuck since spec 2.0. I heard that they fired the intern who broke that lever, but he took the program codes with him.

    • Jun. 20, 1:22pm

      You’ll die in vain, SillyBillyP…

      Although I really would like to know the reason for forced SRF. Just out of curiosity.

      @Motor City Hami

      Where did you read that? Do you have a link? Sounds a bit farfetched.

  25. Jun. 20, 7:56am

    Good week for an A-spec LeMans mini-endurance seasonal (like 10-20 laps), but good ol’ Polyphony. I’ll skip these seasonals as well.

    • Jun. 20, 10:31am

      Agreed, Progress. An ususual seasonal, with the le Mans event just around the corner. But it seems being “peculiar” is PD’s forte’. Hope they are more focused in their racing classes in 6. Being willie nillie in car choice, like allowing race cars in the new seasonal, illustrates a total lack of judgement on PD’s part.

    • Jun. 20, 11:20am

      Ya you can’t really say, that PD is using the latest Brain cells for nursing the Fans of GT – Le Sartre Circuit and LM Cars would have been the only right thing to add for this weekend :P PD = Purely Disintegrated ..

    • Jun. 20, 1:14pm

      Event “IF” PD were to do a le Mans race, it wouldn’t have any continuity. Frustrating to me and confusing the uninitiated.

      First, they have yet to get a full field (outside of the arcade) of sixteen cars,

      Second, their “LM” class is made up of 3 distinct classes…
      ’88-92 900+ hp prototypes (pre and post chicane era I count as 2),
      ’99-05 600hp, 900kg prototypes… note to PD, the ’97 R390 WAS NOT a prototype car,
      ’06-10 almost modern prototypes,

      *** ’97-98 GT1, ’99-03 GTS/LM “Limited Edition” and PD’s own RM “Race Model” and TC “Touring Car?” classes have gone completely ignored. I had thought PD would have at least addressed these classes their seasonal events.

      I wonder if PD ever strikes gold while picking, errr, thumbing their noses at those of us who know the difference.

    • Jun. 20, 1:36pm
      Pit Crew

      Agree Progress. Im so glad my online league does these 24HR events for us hardcore members. My league administrator actually set ours up to the degree that every lap we complete, donations are made to childrens charities. Our Lemans 24HR event is delayed till next weekend, because our regular race season is still underway (Double Header Saturday) but it would have been Epic if PD had chosen to commemorate this weekends Real life 24HR event with a proper special event challenge.

      Oh yeah my car of choice for our league 24HR is the Bentley Speed8 Race car. Its all around balance is deadly amazing IMO.

  26. Jun. 20, 7:42am
    Scuderia Paul

    I was expecting a 24h du Mans themed Seasonal this week seeing as though it is Le Mans week. However, a new event is a new event so it could always be worse.

  27. Jun. 20, 7:26am

    Stars and stripes? Don’t you mean “Stars &;anf stripes” Same lazy spelling mistake as the last time they put up this event. It’s obvious no one at PD actually cares about making interesting events. They just recycle the same stuff.

  28. Jun. 20, 7:09am

    Another one which I’ll skip.

  29. Jun. 20, 6:15am

    Please Kaz or anyone reading this from PD.
    Can you at least give the option to switch SRF on/off please.

    These events are great and all in your attempts to expand A-Spec, but they are getting a bit arcadey without the option to switch SRF on/off.
    So could you please give us the option?
    Thank you from a GT fan

    There…. Wrote it in an appropriate and respectful manor.

  30. Jun. 20, 6:01am

    Why oh why do they keep picking the same boring tracks and never ever use the day/night or weather option this game is more better than this I sure hope GT6 has a decent race creator mode :(

  31. Jun. 20, 5:47am

    I’ve started giving my rooster every second Thursday off work. ‘Why is SRF turned on!’ is an equally dependable (and equally annoying ) call

    • Jun. 20, 1:36pm

      Does that count as a cock gag?

    • Jun. 20, 4:25pm

      I hope not. I got in trouble the last time I used my real sense of humor!

  32. Jun. 20, 5:06am

    SRF ON ! WHY ??? Why can’t we choose that option ? Put in on by default if you want, but let us choose this thing !!!

    • Jun. 20, 5:08am

      We have to send a letter to Kaz for this ? Signatures ? Naked manifestation ?

  33. Jun. 20, 4:41am

    So GT5 has a massive range of Le Mans cars, the Le Mans track, weather change and day/night changing, so naturally on Le Mans weekend, the biggest race on the racing calender, we get Stars and Stripes seasonals. Really? I thought we could have something like a 1 hour mini endurance or something cool like that, but no, apparently not.

    Anyways, off topic but I have a question. Next week I plan to do the B spec De La Sarthe 24 hour endurance, and I’ll be on 200% win bonus by the time I start, but my question is this: I’m going to do it over the space of 3 days, but what happens to my % increase on winnings after 3 days. Does it stay at 200% as that’s what it was when the race started and I last ‘logged in’, or will it drop to 170% or whatever because will I’ve been doing the race I’ve not ‘logged in’?

    Answers appreciated.

    • Jun. 20, 5:07am

      Hey dude.
      You will get 200% credit and xp. For that race. But when you get back go the home screen after 3 days. Your log in bonus will have dropped to 150% or 130%.

    • Jun. 20, 7:14am

      Thanks for that

  34. Jun. 20, 3:41am

    Don’t care. Never doing a seasonal again until they stop forcing SRF on.

  35. Jun. 20, 3:34am

    Is SRF forced on?

  36. Jun. 20, 2:50am

    If its one track I seriously hate its Grand Valley. Can’t even remember when the last time I raced on the reverse version.

    Kind of disappointed that as its The Le Mans 24 hours this weekend there’s no seasonal reflecting that. Stumped is an understatement :(

    Had a Bugatti Veyron in the UCD at 2 million credits and 0 Km earlier this week. I was stunned!.

    • Jun. 20, 3:42am

      Yea that’s stupid. They should have done a long race at le mans for a seasonal with random weather and a ful day to night cycle. Really not difficult to do

  37. Jun. 20, 1:42am

    I see a distinct lack of proper corners in this one *laughs*

  38. Jun. 20, 1:20am

    Am I stating the obvious or have they been recycling the old seasonals? I noticed the past few were from the last batch before the A-spec and B-spec seasonals. Before this the oldest one was Stars and Stripes. I predict after next weeks time/drift trails will be Dream Car Championship then maybe Gran Turismo Allstars to say fair well, see you on GT6.

    • Jun. 20, 2:41am

      That’s correct

  39. Jun. 20, 12:58am

    Impressed but not…

    Let me explain why not:- I took an SRT8 TC into the race!!! Why, when the ability to not include certain types of cars has been used on other races, can we take a race car into a super car race? Ridiculous!
    What I would like to see is, if the race is open for race cars AND super cars and I take in a race car, a change in the AI field of competitors!

    • Jun. 20, 1:55am

      When you say “SRT8 TC”, are you reffering to the Dodge Challenger TC?

    • Jun. 20, 4:02am

      Is there another one I don’t know about?

  40. Jun. 20, 12:54am


    **** yeah!

    • Jun. 20, 1:01am

      Straya C♦♦t!

    • Jun. 20, 1:03am

      Before you take offence, look up Straya on Google Images!

  41. Jun. 20, 12:14am

    Nice picture T-12 with the Dodge Viper ACR SRT-10.

    • Jun. 20, 3:12am

      thats a vette, and i dont even like american cars and i know that!

    • Jun. 20, 3:38am

      No, it’s a Dodge Viper.

    • Jun. 20, 3:48am

      It’s blatantly a Viper; are you kidding?

    • Jun. 20, 4:08am

      WTF – How can you say that’s anything but a Viper?

    • Jun. 20, 4:14am

      sry, i suck at my american cars, but vette and viper look so simular i tought it was a C7

    • Jun. 20, 1:18pm

      It’s a Viper, I made that pic. ;)

    • Jun. 20, 1:32pm

      It’s hard not to know what a Viper is. The Viper is such a unique car; a classic by its own right. It’s like the VW Beetle. You know what it is when you see it. (Up until the new one)

  42. Jun. 20, 12:02am

    The AI doesn’t seem to be very competitive in this one. Easily won in a 555pp Ford GT, so I would think the C7 could manage with good laps. Yay free 2D!! :) I’ve been waiting for one of these

    • Jun. 20, 12:10am

      A 2D? Seriously!! I’ve been looking for that car. Works great as a street sports car when detunned to the minimum.

    • Jun. 20, 2:56am

      lol.. you cain’t be serious, Husky.

    • Jun. 20, 1:33pm

      Yeah, no joke. It looks too sexy for being a racecar. Reminds me of the street GT40 that we had in GT2 and GT3. I miss that car…

  43. Jun. 19, 11:44pm

    Yes, I can race my Vette C7 Stingray in this one. Thanks PD. :)

    • Jun. 19, 11:57pm

      HAHA! Good idea. I just hope it can hold itself against the competition. Not sure what’s the PP in the C7, but its probably way lower than 580.

      I’m going to try it anyway.

    • Jun. 20, 1:41am

      If you give it oil change, it’ll be around 529PP. I have two but strangely enough, my red C7 Stingray is 530PP while the other is 529PP. lol :)

    • Jun. 20, 4:11am

      Yeah, I have two also.

      Both are @ 529!

    • Jun. 20, 6:39am

      Haha, nice Scotte. :) I think if you drive the Vette C7 Stingray for awhile, it should be able to boost the PP up by “1”. :D

    • Jun. 20, 11:32am

      I’ll give it a go and see what happens then!

      Wish me luck…


  44. Jun. 19, 11:43pm

    I was waiting for these seasonal events. I was getting bored of the old stars and stripes. The track selection is pretty awesome as well. Not too often we see High Speed Ring reverse. I see major speed coming.

    Hopefully the rabbit won’t be the car I imagine. The Ford GT. My Vipers won’t stand a chance.

  45. Jun. 19, 11:43pm

    Some B-Spec Seasonals would be nice to see again.

  46. Jun. 19, 11:38pm
    Ferrari Alonso

    Was the OCD updated as well? Thanks.

    • Jun. 19, 11:43pm

      Indeed it has. Every 2nd week the OCD will update when a new seasonal event comes out. :)

    • Jun. 20, 1:33am

      Definitely like this OCD update. I can get 0/0/0 versions of some of my favorite American cars.

  47. Jun. 19, 11:32pm

    In Dodge we trust

  48. Jun. 19, 11:24pm

    better hope lil wayne doesn’t stomp on it

    • Jun. 19, 11:50pm
      Pit Crew

      You throw blows at Lil wayne, but non famous Americans have actually set their flags on fire.

    • Jun. 20, 4:21am

      Valid point in both parts!

      However, someone in lil Wayne’s position should know better! I guess that’s what gtsmash was trying to get across with his warped sense of humour! (no offence – being warped is fun)

    • Jun. 20, 11:29am
      Pit Crew

      Someone in Lil waynes position ? Please, any american should know better. Like I said gtsmash is picking on him for 2 reasons and 1 I cant mention. Lil wayne has never been anyones idea of a model american. If non famous people can burn it, his stepping on the flag shouldn’t be any different.

    • Jun. 20, 11:45am

      Not saying I condone what he did! I was just saying that, being a ‘famous person’ doesn’t give him the right to do whatever takes his fancy!

      Plus, the fact that lil Wayne has been in the news RECENTLY over this incident is why gtsmash was having a go at him!

    • Jun. 20, 2:11pm
      Pit Crew

      Yeah right if you say so Scotte Dawg. IMO it shouldn’t be about Lil Wayne being famous and therefore should know better. Any american should know better. There is a Current Events section in the forums for gtsmashbros to voice his disdain over Lil Wayne actions. He should go there next time.

  49. Jun. 19, 11:23pm

    Excited to do this one haha

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