Rachel and Brendon's rep on the race, that we have now seen first hand, is that they are tag-alongs. In other words, if they are in the lead car they will drop back to follow someone else. Her colors shown through when she asked to partner with Mark (?) then let him do all the work - a tag-along. If they keep with that strategy and don't blow any challenges through their own ineptitude, they may stay middle of the pack for awhile.
The loving, but weak team, went out at the appropriate time and the show's sendoff with the carnival music was very nice.
I really hope the Feds begin to kick a** at some point. I don't have favorites/non-favorites at this point, but they have moved up on my list.