Chuck Cornelison, Partner
Chuck Cornelison, trained in mechanical engineering, has twenty-five years of racing engine experience preparing engines for cars that have competed in USAC, IMSA, CART, and IRL. He was a member of the prestigous Penske Racing Team and was an integral part in developing engines that led to three Indianapolis 500 mile race wins: Al Unser 1987, Rick Mears 1988 &1991.
Other racing accomplishments include developing V-12 Jaguar engines prepared by Group 44 that led Jaguar's return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1984 and 1985.
Chuck performed race support engineering for IRL engine supplier Speedway Engine Development in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
He holds a Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Quality Control from the Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology as well as the Certified Quality Engineer Certificate from the American Society for Quality. He maintains memberships in the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society for Quality.
Chuck resides in Indianapolis with his wife Melissa.
Bruce Linsmeyer, Partner
Bruce continues to expand his life-long interest in motor sports and engine performance by partnering with Chuck to carry on the VDS Racing Engines, Inc. legacy.
Bruce’s personal quest for speed includes three Flying Mile and two Flying Kilo land speed records for turbine engine powered, wheel-driven cars set at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1997, 1999 and 1998 with a top speed of 254 mph.
The latest land speed car project includes the development of a chassis that will house a Judd Engine used in Indy cars from 1988 to 1992 or a 2002 Chevrolet Indy Racing League engine. Bruce performs much of the machining and fabricating required for the development of the Land Speed Cars and restoration of his vintage cars.
Bruce’s interest in racing began when his father owned a USAC Sprint Car driven by Bill Puterbaugh and Dana Carter, 1974-1976. Bruce worked with Patrick Racing’s Indy Car Team as crew member, machinist and fabricator from 1977 to 1980.
Bruce’s vintage race car collection includes a 1968 turbine-powered, four-wheel drive Lotus 56, a Four Cam Ford Powered Foyt Coyote, and a Stock Block Chevy Powered Gurney Eagle.
Bruce is the founder and president of Avon Aero Supply, Inc., the world’s source for military and civilian gas turbine engines and components for aviation, marine, industrial, training and research applications.
Visit www.avonaero.com to learn more about Bruce’s car collection and his military and civilian gas turbine engine and component services.