Nissan is celebrating 10 years of partnership with Habitat for Humanity with a new $1 million grant that will go toward building affordable, sustainable homes for families in need of decent housing, and to support Habitat’s disaster response efforts.
Nissan will also donate five Nissan NV commercial vehicles or Nissan Frontier trucks to Habitat affiliates committed to sustainable construction practices.
The automaker has been helping Habitat in numerous ways since 2005, when it partnered with the organization to help in the relief effort following Hurricane Katrina and Rita. At the time, Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized employees to assist in building homes.
Over the last 10 years, Nissan has contributed more than $13 million to Habitat for Humanity in North America, donated an additional 78 vehicles, and logged more than 70,000 volunteer hours to help build 63 homes and serve 569 families across the country. Those are just some of the highlights from the company’s 10 years withHabitat for Humanity. Blackburn Nissan couldn’t be more proud to be part the efforts.
The top finishers from each country showed up for the deciding race in Silverstone: Matthew Simmons from Australia, Ryan Lynch from the United States (we were rooting for him at Blackburn Nissan, as you might expect), Hüseyin Dağli from Turkey, Ali Samy from North Africa, and Juan Carlos Carmona from Mexico, in that order on the grid based on their qualifying performances.
The race was a nail-biting eight-lap sprint. Simmons was off to a great start but too slow in the first corner and dropped to third. Lynch missed a braking point and nearly spun, after which the fight for first was all between Dağli and Simmons, who left everyone else behind as they raced for victory.
When it seemed as though Simmons might finally have cemented first place with back-to-back fastest lap times, a mechanical fault caused his car to lose power and he fell back to third.
Though Dağli won the race, in an unprecedented move, the judges deliberated for an hour before finally announcing Simmons as the GT Academy 2015 champion, signifying the start of his new career as a professional racing driver.