IndyCar’s Justin Wilson, who was named the International Dyslexia Association’s latest Ambassador this month, has launched a helmet design contest for children and teens ages 5-16 with dyslexia. Justin will wear the winning design as he races in the Grand Prix of Baltimore on September 2, 2012. The contest winner will be invited to the Grand Prix to meet Justin in person.

Entries can be submitted now through July 31, 2012 on the IDA’s website at Applicants can download the helmet design template from the website and either hand draw or use a computer program to create a clear and colorful design for the entire helmet. Because entrants are under 18, parents must complete the submission process.

The top five entries will be posted on IDA’s website, Wilson’s website at, and the HPD/Honda Racing Facebook Page. The winning design will be announced the week of August 13, 2012. After the race, the helmet will be raffled off with the proceeds benefiting IDA. Details of the raffle will follow during August.

Justin, 33, originally from Sheffield, England, has coped with his own dyslexia while forging an international motorsports career. The former Formula 1 driver and multiple IndyCar Series race winner recently became an IDA Ambassador to help the organization in its promotion of dyslexia awareness and education.

“It is a great honor to be an Ambassador for the International Dyslexia Association,” Justin said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to helping the IDA to raise awareness about dyslexia and to promote the Association’s work in helping children with dyslexia achieve their full potential. Most importantly, as someone who has learned to live with dyslexia, I want to provide hope and inspiration to children and their parents that it is still possible to achieve your dreams, whatever they may be.”