Steve Doherty

Steve Doherty

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Steve Doherty Biography

  • The Beginning

    As far back as he can remember, all Steve Doherty ever wanted to do was race. When he was a kid it was on two wheels, racing and finding success on the BMX track. Then he moved on to four wheels, taking on oval tracks in entry-level races.

    His ultimate dream was to make a career out of racing, so he took jobs in car dealerships and factories to stay close to the industry. When he heard about GT Academy, he knew it was his best chance to live his dream. In 2011, he missed qualifying by just 6/1000ths of a second. In 2012, he wasn’t going to let it happen again.

    After besting hundreds of thousands of online competitors, Steve secured himself a spot on the show with his performance at the finals in Las Vegas. When he got to Silverstone and behind the wheel of a real car, he bested 15 other hopefuls, coming from behind in the dramatic final race to take the checkered flag–and with it the chance to become a real race car driver.

  • Career

    After the win at Silverstone, Steve jumped right into the Nissan Driver Development program, which is so much more than just learning how to win on the track. The program includes nutrition and fitness programs, sports psychology, and time behind the wheel in a simulator.

    All the while, he was working towards his international license, racing under the fake name of “Dan Mitchell” to conceal his identity and stay anonymous until the show aired in the United States.

    Steve earned his license, and took on his first big test the Dubai 24 Hours–a grueling race where just finishing is seen as an accomplishment. Steve and his fellow GT Academy graduates not only managed to complete the race, but also finish in the top 10 in their class.

  • highlights

    2013 — The Sunoco Hard Charger Award in Pirelli World Challenge Series race at Mid-Ohio

    2013 — 2nd Place in Blancpain Endurance Series race at France’s Circuit Paul Ricard

    2013 — 9th Place finish in SP3 Class at 24 Hours of Dubai

    2012 — Nissan Playstation GT Academy US Winner