Driving for Dyslexia, a non-profit foundation in memory of NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Justin Wilson, will get a big dose of power this Sunday with the first-ever pro-am karting event at Whiteland, Indiana Raceway Park.
The Driving for Dyslexia Pro-Am presented by Seamless Roofing will take place from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Sarah Fisher, Ed Carpenter, James Hinchcliffe, Conor Daly, RC Enerson, Felipe Albuquerque, Matthew Brabham, and Hunter McElrea, among others.
One of those “other” drivers is Elliot Cox, the 15-year-old Indianapolis student who was the inspiration for the foundation. Cox met Wilson at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 (pictured above), and they connected over their shared battle with dyslexia. Cox, then 7, dedicated an area of his bedroom to the famous driver, with the article featured as a framed quote.
“Dyslexia doesn’t stop me,” Wilson had told him.
Cox and his family began their journey to the nonprofit in 2018, with a mission to help all children know that dyslexia doesn’t have to hold them back. Proceeds raised are used to train teachers in a multi-sensory approach to identify children with dyslexia and help them learn to read.
Cox raised $18,000 at the foundation’s first public event, and he and his efforts have been featured in numerous media outlets, including NBC’s “TODAY with Hoda and Jenna” in the “Kids in the Spotlight” segment. Kristen Pozen, a teacher from Crown Point, Indiana, received the first Justin Wilson Memorial Dyslexia Teacher Training Grant in cooperation with the Indiana Dyslexia Institute, which helped Cox.
Wilson’s wife, Julia, will attend Sunday’s event, where the goal is to raise $100,000. All donations are tax deductable.
Whiteland Raceway Park is owned by Fisher and her husband, Andy O’Gara, whose two sons regularly race there. Cox drives junior formula cars for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Development. She hopes to one day compete in the “500,” like Fisher and Wilson did.
This weekend, drivers will be assigned to teams comprised of one professional and three amateurs who will compete in Margay Ignite Karts capable of speeds in excess of 40 mph.
The exciting event includes activities for spectators such as the MPG Motorsports Pit Stop Challenge and ample time to meet and talk with the professional drivers through an autograph session. Entrance to the pit is $5.
There will be food trucks on site along with the Prime 47 VIP area, and there will be a silent auction with many autographed items. The event will be broadcast live on Kart Chaser.
For more information about the event and the foundation, contact [email protected]