Gary & Dave
Team Profile
Members Gary Rosen
Dave Lepeska
Birth Dates (1968-12-29) December 29, 1968 (age 48) (Gary)
(1973-07-16) July 16, 1973 (age 44) (Dave)
Hometown New York City, New York (Gary)
Brooklyn, New York (Dave)
Relation Former roommates
Occupation Writers

The Amazing Race 2

Legs Competed 9
Legs Won 1
Placement 5th
Average Position 4.00
Roadblock Count Gary: 2
Dave: 5
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa.svg Flag of Namibia 150px-Flag of Thailand.svg
Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Australia

Gary Rosen and Dave Lepeska are a team of Former Roommates on The Amazing Race 2.


Writers Gary and Dave met during a job interview. According to Gary, "It was a chilly winter in Chicago about five years ago. We hung out drinking beers. We didn't like each other then, and we don't now." The two once went on a cross-country road trip together, and Gary claims that they "couldn't go three turn-offs without getting into a fight. The best part of traveling together is always having someone to yell at, but that's the worst part too." Dave's version is slightly different: "Worst aspect--Gary consistently getting us lost. Best aspect--my sense of direction."

Gary and Dave decided to team up for THE AMAZING RACE because they "were running out of unemployment checks in NYC and needed to find a new racket." When pondering how THE AMAZING RACE might affect their relationship, Dave says, "Well, I figure it couldn't get any weaker." Gary agrees: "We figure the relationship won't get any more strained…. If anything, we figure it will have to strengthen it."

The Amazing Race 2

Race History

Gary & Dave's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Brazil Mountain / Beach No Roadblock 9 of 11
2 2 Brazil Freak Out / Seek Out Dave 5 of 10 [1]
3 3 Brazil → South Africa Dance / Deliver Gary 3 of 9
4 4 South Africa → Namibia Slide / Stride Dave 3 of 8 [2]
5 5 Namibia → Thailand Confusion Now / Confusion Later Dave 5 of 7
6 6 Thailand Boat / Beast Dave 2 of 6
7 7 Thailand → Hong Kong Used Fast Forward 1 of 5
8 8 Hong Kong → Australia Dragon / Lion Dave 3 of 5
9 Australia Cool Down / Heat Up Gary 5 of 5 [3]
Average 4.00
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass

1:Gary & Dave attempted Seek Out (the only team to do so) for the Detour before switching to Freak Out.
2: Gary & Dave incurred a retroactive 42-minute penalty for speeding. Their penalty was issued after their check in.
3: Gary & Dave attempted Cool Down for the Detour before switching to Heat Up.


Franchise Records

  • First team to switch Detours on two different occasions.
  • Gary & Dave are the first team to be eliminated in Australia and the first team to be eliminated on the Oceanian continent.


  • Nicknamed "Itchy and Scratchy" by fellow teams.


  • Gary later became a story producer on The Amazing Race 5.[1]
  • Dave is currently a free-lance journalist who has written for prominent publications around the world.[2][3][4][5][6]

Social Media Profiles


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