IndyCar driver Justin Wilson leaves legacy off the track

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Aug. 25, 2015)-- IndyCar driver Justin Wilson became part of the community in Indianapolis as many drivers do. His death is being felt at the track and beyond.

Wilson’s name shined on the pylon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday, as the memorial outside the track continued to grow.

“Just trying to pay respects for Justin. Say a prayer for him and his family, hopefully he’s in a better place,” said driver Gabby Chaves.

Chaves left flowers at the site, saying goodbye to a competitor. Chaves led for 31 laps at the race that fatally injured Justin Wilson this weekend.

“I wasn’t told until after the race that it was a bad situation,” said Chaves.

It is a death felt not only at the track but also at the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana.

“We’ve heard from a lot of parents that said there’s a lot of tears. I said we’re in tears too. This is a very sad loss,” said Nichole Freije, Chief Executive Officer.

Freije said three years ago Wilson and his team were looking to get involved in the community. He sought out their group, because Justin Wilson had dyslexia.

In May, a billboard went up near IMS to kick off an awareness campaign, featuring Wilson. A radio ad went along with it.

Freije said Wilson was genuine and made children feel confident, embracing students and their families, and leaving a legacy with her group in just a few years.

“A huge loss of a great role model and a great man,” she said, “He wanted to spend time with young people. He encouraged them that dyslexia doesn’t stop him. And it shouldn’t stop them either.”

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