The gaming world has graduated its first US pro race car driver thanks to Gran Turismo 5. Sony’s GT Academy, which was created in partnership with Polyphony Digital and Nissan North America to give consumers a chance to pursue the dream to become a real race car driver through Gran Turismo 5, has proved that the simulation is just like the real world. The winner, Bryan Heitkotter, beat out over 53,000 competitors who registered for GT Academy and is now a Nissan-sponsored professional race car driver and part of a four-person team that will race the 24-hour race in Dubai in January 2012. Heitkotter's journey with GT Academy is currently being shown on the Speed Channel, PlayStation Network, and Hulu, via a reality show series that chronicles the competition and the winner's road to stardom. But you can see the driver in this exclusive video below from SEMA recount his incredible journey.