With one leg and three teams standing between #TeamIndyCar and a $1 million prize, Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi started the penultimate leg of “The Amazing Race” in first place but finished last, bringing an end to their globe-spanning journey.
Daly and Rossi were the first to depart Thailand and quickly teamed up with Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf of Team Big Brother. After arriving at the leg’s first destination ahead of other teams, Daly and Rossi were presented with two Detour options: “Hairy Crab” and “Grub Grab.”
Daly and Rossi initially chose “Hairy Crab,” which required them to properly secure 50 live crabs with rope to receive their next clue.
“I was a little intimidated by the crabs,” said Rossi about the task. “I didn’t like touching it. I’m not very good at knots.”
Realizing the task was difficult and could take more time than the other side of the Detour, Team IndyCar elected to switch to “Grub Grab.”
At a local restaurant, Daly was tasked with taking orders in Cantonese and relaying the selections to Rossi who placed the food on dishes. Despite not speaking the language, the duo got all eight orders correct and moved on to the leg’s Roadblock in second place behind Team Yale and ahead of the two teams that remained at the other detour.
In “Who Wants to Get Smashed,” Daly repeatedly hit a pile of discarded electronics with a baseball bat in order to locate two halves of a clue while Rossi looked on with a locked briefcase handcuffed to his wrist. To complete the “rage art” experience, Daly doused the wreckage with paint to complete the task and advance to the leg’s final challenge with Rossi in second place.
While roaming Lan Kwai Fong, considered the heart of Hong Kong’s nightlife, Team IndyCar had to spot three signs that corresponded with previous legs of the race. With vague directions and hundreds of signs to consider, it proved a difficult task for all four teams.
Even though they had found all the clues they needed to unlock their briefcase, Daly and Rossi didn’t realize that an image of an arch represented the first leg which began at Washington Square Park in New York City. The mistake kept them from advancing to the leg’s Pit Stop.
With the other three teams checked in, host Phil Keoghan came to find Team IndyCar to inform them that they had been eliminated from the race.
“Difficult to take, for sure,” said Daly after hearing the news. “It’s a shame to go out like this. We didn’t even make it to the Pit Stop.”
Keoghan reminded the drivers that finishing fourth is still an achievement.
“There are very few teams who make it through 11 legs of ‘The Amazing Race,'” said Keoghan. “You guys did. You gave everybody a run for your money. If you go run 12 races as a professional race car driver and you win three of them, those are good stats.”
The three remaining teams finished out the race in San Francisco where Nickson and Graf of Team Big Brother completed the final task on the USS Hornet first and won Season 30 of “The Amazing Race.”
While Team IndyCar will no longer be featured each week on CBS, the Verizon IndyCar Series returns with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 11 at 12:30 p.m. EST on ABC.