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Serving as a special guest at Tuesday’s Speeding To Read championship assembly at Texas Motor Speedway, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson had more of an appreciation than most for an elementary school educational program. As a youth, Wilson was diagnosed with dyslexia and had to battle with the learning disability in school, especially when it came to reading.

“I know reading was always difficult for me at school,” said Wilson, who will be driving for Andretti Autosport in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. “Even having other kids in class shout out and laugh when I was trying to read in front of the school, that is pretty demoralizing as a 10-year-old. The more awareness for dyslexia the better and the more education it becomes something that we can overcome. What these kids do and how many books they’ve read was amazing.” 

A few years ago, Wilson began working with some dyslexia-targeted organizations to bring awareness to the learning disability that affects so many children and even adults. He even had an opportunity to meet a few students taking part in the Speeding To Read assembly that were dealing with dyslexia.

“It’s not an illness; you just learn things differently and see things differently,” said Wilson, who won the 2012 Firestone 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. A lot of dyslexic people believe what holds you back in one area actually pushes you forward in another area. It’s just a different style of learning.” 


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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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