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Virtually speaking, Gran Turismo video game more influential than you think

Chances are you haven't driven many spectacular cars on some of the world's greatest racetracks. Unless, that is, you're a gamer who's familiar with Gran Turismo. John Oreovicz isn't much of a gamer, but he did get the chance recently to pick the brain of the man behind the GT franchise. Just in time for Christmas ...

Updated: November 26, 2008, 12:41 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

When I set out to make a career out of racing journalism, I knew I would spend a lot of time at racetracks, talking to drivers and engineers and officials. But there turned out to be a lot more to the job than writing about wins and losses and accidents and blown engines.

In the past 15 years, I've gotten a crash course in bankruptcy laws while covering the demise of CART and Champ Car, gotten an inside look at mergers and acquisitions when Cosworth was in play, and learned ...

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