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Justin Wilson Visits Fortune Academy In Indianapolis
Posted by: newsla on May 22, 2014 - 08:28 AM
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Justin Wilson Visits Fortune Academy In Indianapolis

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson visited the Fortune Academy in Indianapolis on Wednesday morning as part of his effort to grow awareness about dyslexia.


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The Fortune Academy is a comprehensive school dedicated to educating and equipping students with language learning differences in order to become competent and confident lifelong learners. Wilson, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 13, knows the importance of raising awareness and took the opportunity to visit the school while in town for the Indianapolis 500.

Wilson toured the school with headmaster Janet George before meeting with students in the gymnasium. He met with several students – one of which is a quarter midget racer – and signed autographs. He then spoke to the entire school about the challenges he’s faced and overcome while dealing with dyslexia and encouraged the students to persevere through any obstacles.

“There will be many times when people will tell you that you can’t do something, but you just have to believe in yourself and work harder,” Wilson told the students in attendance. “Don’t be afraid of mistakes. Don’t be afraid of failing because that's how you improve yourself. There will be people who tell you that you can’t do things, but if you believe in yourself, you can achieve great things.”

Wilson relates to the challenges that children and adults with dyslexia face and learned how to adapt in order to become a successful racecar driver. Having competed at the top-level of motorsport in Formula 1, Wilson will make his seventh start in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. He scored his best result in the race last year when he finished fifth while driving for Dale Coyne Racing.

“I spent the morning at the Fortune Academy meeting the students and getting to spend some quality time with them,” said Wilson who drives the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda for Dale Coyne Racing. “It’s a fantastic school. I got a quick tour around the school, seeing the classrooms and how the students are taught. It was a great experience. I got to share some of my learning difficulties with them. I got some fantastic questions. They’re a great bunch of kids. It’s really cool to see how this school is working to help them get the most out of themselves.”

Wilson will start 14th in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday which will be televised live on ABC beginning at 12:00 PM ET.

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