FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

About Us

2016 marks our 10th year of racing at our track in Ogallala.  Check back to see updates on special events and themed races to celebrate 10 years of racing fun!

Check our Race Page for updated start times for the August 13th race.

UPDATE:  At the conclusion of the races on August 13th all racers and their families are invited to go to Lake McConaughy for a beach party.  There'll be swimming, games, bon fire, hotdogs, s'mores and more!  Bring your swimsuit, towel and beverages of your choice everything else will be provided at no cost to racers and their families.  More details and directions will be provided at the morning race meeting at 9:15 a.m.  Guaranteed fun for the whole family.  Let's go racing & party!!

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Mission Statement

The Soap Box Derby® is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.