Three Is Better Than Two

Of the many benefits I have enjoyed through having this site, the friendships I have formed are probably among the most meaningful. Some friendships have become strong enough that they will last long after I stop posting here, whenever that may be. One of those lasting relationships is the friendship that Susan and I have built with Paul Dalbey, formerly of More Front Wing.

Paul was kind enough to take the photos during our wedding at IMS in 2012. Susan and I always manage to meet Paul for dinner at Dawson’s on Main in Speedway during every weekend in May, as well as spending time together at the track.

This past weekend, Paul drove to Nashville to visit us. We went out to dinner on Friday night and at Paul’s request – the three of us all went to the Grand Ole Opry. Not only was that Paul’s first visit to the Opry, it was a first for Susan and me as well.



Unfortunately, there was a down side to Paul’s visit to the Music City. Paul was forced to lower his standards and be a guest on One Take Only. For the uninitiated, One Take Only is the unscripted, unrehearsed and unedited videoblog of We sit down, start the camera and just start talking IndyCar and see where the conversation goes.

I always want to keep the videos under fifteen minutes, but we went a few minutes over this time. Between the three of us, there was simply too much to talk about. And don’t adjust your speakers – the cicadas are out in Nashville right now and there is a very annoying buzz throughout the video. Hey…it’s the south in August. But it’s worth the buzz to hear the conversation. We spend a lot of time talking about the new schedule, but also have predictions for the championship with two races to go. We also indirectly saluted Graham Rahal’s Mid-Ohio victory with Budweiser, in honor of father Bobby’s sponsor when he won Mid-Ohio in 1985 and 1986.

Thanks to Paul for bringing some much needed legitimacy to the One Take Only set. I just hope that John and I haven’t damaged his reputation too much with his appearance.

George Phillips

10 Responses to “Three Is Better Than Two”

  1. Brian McKay - Panama City Says:

    We have hardly any cicadas here on the coast. I’ll watch one Take Only after breakfast.

  2. The man has courage, I’ll give him that. Even Paul Newman was in a bad movie or two.

  3. I think I’d be contacting Anheuser Busch about sponsoring your rants….

  4. The three of you are clearly not big fans of strategy races.

    Double points (which is stupid) at Sonoma was worth mentioning in your Dixon prediction. It is still very much a three horse race. Will Pocono play out like Fontana or Pocono of the last two years?

    Always a fun watch. Ever consider doing a podcast?

  5. There is some great chemistry between the 3 of you. You should welcome back Paul again on “One Take Only”, any time he likes.
    However, as much as I liked the content of the video, the noise was abysmal. How come filming it indoors was not an option?

  6. I think Indy car realizes they can’t lose Milwaukee. The talk has been positive about possibly linking the two races (Milwaukee and Road America) in a ticket package as they apparently have done in the past. I was able to attend the race a couple years ago on Fathers Day. A great facility for a race.

    Now with Road America, keep Milwaukee and Fontana which appear to be on the bubble, add Phoenix, and I might actually believe that Indycar is turning things around.

  7. Just a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw great style and design. “The price one pays for pursuing a profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.” by James Arthur Baldwin.

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