Photo above: Elliott Cox, (L), and Bill Herman, executive director of the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, hold a check for $32, 462 raised at Friday’s Driving for Dyslexia event.
Justin Wilson didn’t let his dyslexia stop him from a successful career as a racing driver. When he was in Indianapolis he took time to talk to the children and parents from the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana. I was DII tutor at the time and went with the group one year to the track to meet Justin. I’m not sure if the kids or their parents were impressed.
Wilson’s death in a freak accident at Pocono in 2015 hit everyone, but perhaps no one outside his family was affected more than Elliott Cox. Cox was seven years old when Justin died. Like Wilson, Cox also has dyslexia. He had written Wilson a couple of years earlier and of course Wilson responded. Cox was just beginning to drive karts. The two became friends.
Cox had begun working with a tutor at DII and last year had the idea for a fund raiser for the organization. Driving for Dyslexia came from that idea. The event was April 26 at Speedway Indoor Karting. Attendees had an opportunity to race go karts or just socialize. A silent auction began a couple days before the event and raffles on site produced more funds.
As for my karting experience, which is minimal, let’s just say I would have gotten a point in a CART race. These are the best karts I’ve ever driven. the track is well lit and challenging.
Elliott said he began the event so other kids with dyslexia could learn to read and to honor Justin’s memory. He did a fine job doing both.
To donate to the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana, visit their website,