News: If you post the best Time Trial time that is.
Sony has announced that a demo for Gran Turismo 5 will be available to donwload on the PlayStation Network starting December 17. The demo is actually part of a contest, the Gran Turismo 5 Time Trial Challenge, and the player who scores the best time on the track will get a free trip to the Indy 500.
Open to players in both the US and Canada (with one winner coming from each country), the contest will require players to pilot both a stock and tuned version of the Nissan 370Z. According to Sony, you'll have to master both to have a chance at winning, because the grand prize will go to the player with the best combined time for both the stock and tuned Time Trial events.
In addition to a trip to the Brickyard, the winner will receive round trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two (winner and guest) to attend the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, AKA the Indy 500, on May 30, 2010. It doesn't end there, because the winner and guest also get a VIP package which includes two (2) all-access passes for Carb Day ? which includes the final Indy 500 practice, pit stop competition, special concert festivities, special event car rides in the 2010 Indy 500 event vehicle, as well as all-access passes to the garage, pit area, and Victory Lane for pre- and post-race celebrations for the race and two (2) VIP suite tickets to enjoy the race. This is the experience of a lifetime for true racing fans.
Naturally, for a contest such as this, you have to 18 or older to win "because much of the cool VIP experience the winner will be treated to require the participants to be 18 for safety reasons." If you don't manage to post the fastest time, five runner-ups from each country will be awarded a downloadable copy of Gran Turismo
for the PSP.
The contest will run from December 17 through January 25, 2010 at which time the demo will be pulled from the PlayStation Network. However, if you've already downloaded the demo by January 25, it will stay on your hard indefinitely.
Good luck to all.