Mar 212012
 

With a awesome victory, Audi returned this year to the world famous Sebring International Raceway for the very first time since 2009 on Sat., March 17th, 2012. This 60th Anniversary for Mobil 1’s famous event, “Twelve Hours of Sebring” was backed in full by Powered by Fresh from Florida. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish all finished the 301 laps, all driving their Audi R18’s and winning by an overall 4 laps. This was all accomplished in the very first race of the American Le Mans Series. Once again, this ALMS race was shown by the world known Tequila Patron and The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Endurance Championship.

In the world of profesional racing, the Sebring challange is of one the most challenging for drivers and race teams. Most view this evet as an essantial opportunity to compete before to the most highly regarded endrance race event(24 hours at Le Mans) in the FIA series planned in May of 2012. Here nearly all of the FIA racing teams race in preperation for the top motorsport endurance event with the “12 hours of Sebring”, which presents an awesome”measure” for race team owners to polish the fine points of the pit crew and thier high tech race cars.

To many race fans delight, Audi placed first and second place at Sebring for the 1st time since 2005. Kristensen advances his career advancing his Sebring record, being 6th in to finish. Capello is a 5 time champion and McNish is a four time winner. Kristensen, Capello and McNish all controlled the second half the event. They overcame serious obstacles with their gearboxes. The motorsports fans was stupefied with Audi’s performance and ranking. The second place R18 suffered from contact with a slower auto in the last hour of the race.

Dyson Racing took full benefit of the fuel management issues for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and won the ALMS ‘ P1 class. Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Steven Kane held on to the lead with approximately 30 minutes to finish. Last year’s P1 team championship was Dyson Racing, while Dyson and Smith also claimed the driving championship.

Saturday’s victory was within one week of testing the new Lola-Mazda. The Muscle Milk’s crew was torn apart in their last hour about their fuel managment. Klaus Graf, Lucas Luhr and Simon Pagenaud seemed to be in the running for most of the 2nd half in their HPD ARX-03a prototype.

The two P1 winners continued on thru a race which started with 62 vehicles and had 51 cars running at the end. This race was more about patience and opportunity with definitely some luck.

With the absence of Peugeot from this seanons race at Sebring, Team Audi ruled the twelve hour endurnace event throughout the day. We would like to see the French return next year but Audi would rather view them from the rear view mirror.

Jack Sneed has been a writter in the automobile and motorsport industry for over 20 years and now contribute articles at Redline Review. Check out the latest ALMS racing news, videos and photograph galleries by Jack Sneed.

Mar 212012
 

With a great victory, Audi returned this year to the famous Sebring International Raceway for the very first time since 2009 on Sat., March 17th, 2012. This 60th Anniversary for Mobil 1’s famous event, “Twelve Hours of Sebring” was financed in full by Powered by Fresh from Florida. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish all finished the 301 laps, all driving their Audi R18’s and winning by an overall 4 laps. This was all accomplished in the very first race of the American Le Mans Series. Once again, this endurance race was featured by the world known Tequila Patron and The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Endurance Championship.

In the world of profesional racing, the Sebring challange is of one the most challenging for drivers and race teams. Most view this evet as an essantial opportunity to compete before to the most highly regarded endrance race event(24 hours at Le Mans) in the FIA series planned in May of 2012. Here nearly all of the FIA racing teams race in preperation for the top motorsport endurance event with the “12 hours of Sebring”, which presents an awesome”measure” for race team owners to polish the fine points of the pit crew and thier high tech race cars.

To many race fans delight, Audi placed first and second place at Sebring for the 1st time since 2005. Kristensen advances his career advancing his Sebring record, being 6th in to finish. Capello is a 5 time champion and McNish is a four time winner. Kristensen, Capello and McNish all controlled the second half the event. They overcame serious obstacles with their gearboxes. The motorsports fans was stupefied with Audi’s performance and ranking. The second place R18 suffered from contact with a slower auto in the last hour of the race.

Dyson Racing took full benefit of the fuel management issues for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and won the ALMS ‘ P1 class. Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Steven Kane held on to the lead with approximately 30 minutes to finish. Last year’s P1 team championship was Dyson Racing, while Dyson and Smith also claimed the driving championship.

Saturday’s victory was within one week of testing the new Lola-Mazda. The Muscle Milk’s crew was torn apart in their last hour about their fuel managment. Klaus Graf, Lucas Luhr and Simon Pagenaud seemed to be in the running for most of the 2nd half in their HPD ARX-03a prototype.

The 2 P1 champions continued on through a race which began with 62 automobiles and had 51 automobiles competing for the checker flag. This race focused on patience and opportunity with actually some good luck.

With the absence of Peugeot from this seanons race at Sebring, Team Audi ruled the twelve hour endurnace event throughout the day. We are hoping to see the French return next year but Audi would rather view them from the rear view mirror.

Jack Sneed has been a writter in the automobile and motorsport industry for over 20 years and now contribute articles at Redline Review. Check out the latest ALMS racing news, videos and photograph galleries by Jack Sneed.

Jan 162012
 

Homes are more susceptible to the seasonal changes than any other thing, and the varying climatic conditions, temperature changes, and ageing causes Merritt Island FL homesto look lifeless and shabby if not sorted at concern. Additionally, by taking correct maintenance actions prior to the season change, you can't only go on with the smooth running condition of your house, but also saves heavy amount of money on mend or replacement.

Irrespective of the location you are in, regardless of season, here are certain urgent home maintenance tips that can save you real money, and enable you to enjoy the season.

Inspect the gutters, roof, and downspouts for any waste. You frequently have a tendency to clean the roof as it falls outside the range of eyes; however , it is one of the most important parts of your home. Clear all dust, dry leaves, and pine needles from the gutters and roof top, and inspect the downspouts for any loose pieces or damage. It's also crucial that you check around the chimney or for any opening in the roof,eg the skylights for any leakage issues.

One of the most important home upkeep tips is to check the ground around your house, and examine the walkways conscientiously for any loose paver element or cracks. It's really important to fix the entrance areas before wet, slippery weather could cause any falling or tripping accident.

Coming to the interior of the home, ensure that the bogs, kitchen, and other utility room locations are free of any leaky taps. If you don't sort the problems in concern, this will at last cause breaking of the pipe, thus making you to invest massive amounts in replacing the whole system.

Another important home upkeep tip is to modify the filters frequently to be certain that the parts run in good shape for long. If you have central air-conditioning, it is important to change the air filters frequently. And if you've a window A.C unit, remove it from the window or place a water resistant cover over the A.C to stop any damage caused due to snow or rain.

If you live in a tough water region, the additional quantity of sediments can build up in the water tanks over the time period. This sediment can actually injure your water heater or water purifiers if you do not clean them frequently. So, it is important to scrub your water tank continually.

With the changing seasons, your home undergoes a few changes as well that are affected due to weather conditions, temperature fluctuations, ageing, and manifestly human abuse. But if you remain aloof of the changing prerequisites for your house, over the time period your gorgeous sweet house will remain not more than a leaden, tacky building structure, looked down on by the people passing by.

Therefore, to keep all the elements of your house going nicely, and to bypass the high mend costs, seasonal maintenance of your house is of utmost importance. Discussed below are certain significant upkeep tips that must be followed frequently with the seasonal changes.

Finally, checking the windows or doors for any drafts, and re-painting your house to give a fresh new look are some other important home upkeep tips.

This tract was offered by Matt K. Warsaw who sells real estate in Titusville FL and real estate in Melbourne FL. If you need to discover more about home maintenance tips, please visit Matt’s website for info.

Sep 072011
 

Chinese drywall controversy is a health and safety issue involving defective drywall manufactured in China and imported by the United States starting in 2001.Drywall is a common building material typically made of a layer of gypsum-based plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper, then dried in a kiln. Foreign drywall was imported by the United States during the construction boom between 2004 and 2007. Importation was further spurred by a shortage of American-made drywall due to the rebuilding demand of nine hurricanes that hit Florida from 2004 to 2005, and widespread damage caused along the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. An analysis covering drywall imports since January 2006 showed that more than 550 million pounds of Chinese drywall was brought into the United States since then, enough to build 60,000 average-sized homes.

Homeowners alleging that they installed contaminated drywall have reported numerous incidents of corroding copper and other metals in their homes. The Florida Department of Health advised homeowners worried about tainted drywall to check copper tubing coils located in air conditioning and refrigeration units for signs of corrosion caused by hydrogen sulfide, as these are usually the first signs of the issue. Under normal circumstances, copper corrosion leaves it a blue/green or dark red color, whereas corrosion as a result of hydrogen sulfide exposure leaves a black ash-like corrosion. Homeowners who have verified that their home contains contaminated Chinese drywall are advised to replace any suspect drywall, as well as any potentially damaged copper electrical wiring, fire alarm systems, copper piping, and gas piping.

The CPSC has been investigating claims in Florida for more than a month, according to commission spokesman Joe Martyak. He would not confirm whether CPSC is checking other states or reveal how many cases it is probing. The Florida complaints generally involve homes built or renovated in 2005 and 2006, when a building boom and post-hurricane reconstruction caused a U.S. drywall shortage that spurred builders to turn to imports, Martyak said. The allegations come after a number of recent safety problems with other Chinese exports, ranging from toys to pet food.

Officials are looking into claims that Chinese-made drywall installed in some Florida homes is emitting smelly, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. The Florida Health Department, which is investigating whether the drywall poses any health risks, said it has received more than 140 homeowner complaints. And class-action lawsuits allege defective drywall has caused problems in at least three states — Florida, Louisiana and Alabama — while some attorneys involved claim such drywall may have been used in tens of thousands of U.S. homes.

The exemptions reveal that Chinese drywall was only used in Southwest Florida between 2004 and 2007; the four year span of recovery from Hurricane Charley and Wilma and the building boom. If you break it down by percentage, in Lee County only .44% of the single family homes and condos are infected and only 2.5% from the boom building years. In Charlotte County the percentage of homes infected is .27% and in Collier County it is .06%. The toxic material causing all the problems is only found in the 1/4 inch drywall used in residential construction. The 1/2 inch drywall used in commercial buildings is safe.

Lab comparisons of Chinese- and American-made drywall show significantly higher levels of pyrite in the Chinese material. This suggests that pyrite oxidation may be the source of the sulfur compounds released by Chinese drywall. The problems have been attributed to the use of fly ash in the drywall, which degrades in the presence of heat and moisture; although United States’ drywall uses fly ash as well, the process used creates a cleaner final product. According to a 2010 laboratory study, one hundred percent of affected drywall samples obtained from homes located in the southeastern United States tested positive for the presence of Thiobacillus ferrooxidans, an iron and sulfur reducing bacterium. Samples of non-contaminated drywall were found to contain only miscible levels of T. ferroxidans.

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