October 28, 2004 -- TWO Queens gals and a couple of Brooklyn school chums are among the contestants on "The Amazing Race 6," which kicks off Nov. 16 on CBS.
Lifelong friends Meredith Tufaro and Maria Sampogna, both 26, constitute the Queens team — while high school buddies Avi Schneier and Joe Rashbaum will try to bring "AR6" bragging rights to Brooklyn.
The contestants' identities were revealed on TV for the first time on yesterday's "Early Show" — a month after TV Guide first revealed the "AR6" teams in an article about the Emmy-winning show.
Their New York competitors, Schneier and Rashbaum, are both 32 and have known each other since their days at Midwood High School in Brooklyn.
Schneier, who's into martial arts, now teaches science at Midwood and has his own Web site.
Rashbaum lives in Ventura, Calif., and runs The Radio Solution Company—and plans to continue keeping Kosher while involved in "AR6."
"AR6" was originally part of CBS' fall lineup, and was supposed to premiere just four days after the "AR5" finale.
But CBS changed its mind and decided to delay "AR6" until mid-fall, telling Variety the show needed a "cool down" period.
But the last-minute scheduling change was too late to stop TV Guide — which ran descriptions of all the contestants.