Surprise! We have a journalist racer

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By the time you read this, your managing editor, Derek Fisher, hopefully will have realized yet another lifelong dream … as an auto racer. That certainly surprised us, and we clearly missed it in the interview. Derek took a late call from a dirt-car owner that needed a driver, saddled up and headed down to Linton, where last Friday he was attempting to qualify for the main event later that night. (One day soon, we’ll have him tell you his story in the first person.) For now, please understand he’s not a thrill-seeking daredevil; our guy comes by it honestly, a third-generation driver whose father and grandfather preceded him on the dusty oval racecourses of the Midwest. It’s safe to say it’s in his blood. It was interesting to listen to him calmly describe how he finds his groove on the track, feathers the throttle going into the turns and keeps his emotions in check. He says he has no designs to move on the big-time events (it can be a terribly expensive proposition, plus we need him HERE), but finds his limited time in the car to be exhilarating. So, to Derek, we offer these words of encouragement for future circuits: “Turn left, stand on it, be safe and make your deadlines.”

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CORRECTION: In this space in the May 29 edition of Current in Zionsville, we inadvertently transposed the Boone County Commissioners – which actually made the call to table expenditures on the Ford Road bridge for the meantime – with the Zionsville Town Council, and we apologize for the error

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