IndyCar's Wilson promoting dyslexia awareness

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Posted: Jun 20, 2012 10:55 AM
IndyCar's Wilson promoting dyslexia awareness

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Justin Wilson still remembers a time when his classmates considered it laughable that he might one day grow up to become a professional race car driver.

The IndyCar Series driver had a tough time growing up in Sheffield, England, struggling to do his school work. Around age 14, he was diagnosed with dyslexia.

Today, Wilson has seven career IndyCar victories, including the June 9 race at Texas Motor Speedway. His success has come despite his continued struggles with the reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols.

Wilson hasn't been hiding his condition. But now he plans to become more active as a spokesman for awareness.