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The names come at you in waves, names that instantly register with anyone familiar with open wheel championship racing.
Janet Guthrie. Tom Sneva. Gary Bettenhausen. Jud Phillips. Dick Simon. Johnny Parsons. Lindsay Hopkins. Steve Chassey. Jim Crawford. Emerson Fittipaldi. Bobby Rahal. John Paul, Jr. Jack Hewitt.
Paul Diatlovich worked with some of the very best in the history of the sport, covering more than 20 years in an up-and-down, topsy-turvy sport that he couldn’t quite get enough of. With his good friend Chuck Buckman started and owned PDM Racing, working to stay competitive among the growing teams of the new Pep Boys Indy Racing League.
Both Paul and Chuck came to auto racing almost by accident, never really intending to spend their lives amid the constant, grueling schedule that is the reality of championship racing. After many years working for the other guy, they formed PDM Racing in 1996.
Buckman and Diatlovich got along very well, and they have made their partnership work, even amidst the chronic stress of fielding race cars in a very competitive environment. Diatlovich leads the effort on the race cars, while Buckman heads up the team management responsibilities. “Finding money is the most frustrating part,” said Buckman. “It’s never changed, it’s always been that way. It’s the most difficult part of the business.
“I’m tickled,” said Diatlovich, working amid the noise of a busy race shop. “Looking back over the years, it’s all been very rewarding.
Paul chuckles when he is asked about his experience with rookie drivers. From 1986 to 1989 every Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year came in a car wrenched by Diatlovich. Randy Lanier, Fabrizio Barbazza, Billy Vukovich III, and Bernard Jourdain made it four straight at Indy. “Talk about masochistic tendencies,” said Diatlovich of working with the rookies. “I’m not sure exactly how that all came about, but I’m not sure a guy is smart to try and do that intentionally. It’s a terrific headache, really.
“After that run in the late ’80’s, I swore (rookies) off, I said I wouldn’t do any more. Then along came the IRL. Between Chuck and I, we ran 40-some rookies through their testing and licenses.”
The unique rookie connection for PDM began in early 1996, when IRL officials realized the need for a system that tested and licensed the influx of young drivers that had surged onto the scene. PDM provided a “mule car” that allowed officials to study and process the talented crop of drivers.
“That afforded us the opportunity to pay our bills, so we could earn some money and get ourselves established,” said Diatlovich. “Plus, we are good at (working with rookies).