Executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer offers no apologies for monopolizing the category since its inception - "We just want to keep winning!" - nor for boxing out American Idol in doing so. "They beat us in [the number of] viewers every week, so I don't feel bad for them," he says. "They have the No. 1 television show, so god bless them."

The secret to the Race's success, says exec producer Bert Van Munster, is that it's "very relatable." Van Munster also reveals that the production travels the next season's path "at least twice before we actually shoot the race."