FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

March 2024 Indoor

03/16/2024 - 03/17/2024
501 N Randall Rd, Batavia, IL 60510

Indoor (1)

Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17 - Stock, Super Stock, and Masters, 1 Double & 1 single elimination race each day.

Details: There will be 4 races held on the weekend, two races on Saturday and two on Sunday, a double and a single each day. Please plan on arriving Friday after 2pm to unload your car, set up your pit area, check in, have your car inspected, get a pre- weigh-in, and test run.

Location: Former Sam's Club located at 501 N Randall Rd, Batavia, IL 60510

Check in time: Doors open at 7am. Saturday and Sunday check in time is 7:30am. Please look over the race day schedule.


Racing starts around 9am and we are generally finished racing around 3pm. No charge for spectators.

You're welcome to bring a lawn chair as there is no seating. We have indoor bathrooms and many chain and fast food restaurants are nearby.
If you have kids that are at least seven years old they are welcome to take a test run down the track in one of our cars! Just let someone know you're interested in doing that.

There will be 3 - 4 games for the kids to play during the race weekend. Each game requires the assistant of a parent or car handler. Details at the drivers meeting. A reading, coloring, and drawing area will be set up for the younger kids. We will have marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, and a fire pit available each day once the single elimination race has started.

 There will be a Legacy division race on Saturday after the single elimination race has been completed.

 There is ample indoor pit area trailer parking inside the building, however your trailer width cannot exceed 89” to enter through the overhead doors. Additional indoor trailer parking is available in a different area of the building with access to the pits, those trailers will not be able to be in the pit area. There will be easy access to those trailers.

 Two race cities are selling their items throughout our indoor WINter race series. Items include cars, wheels, helmets, weights, and stock, and superstock cars.

Feel free to call or text 630-841-8832 if you have additional questions.

Chicago is the only race city that has a state-of-the-art timing system with finish line video with a phone app that allows you to view race results instantaneously. Even those watching back at home can view each and every phase of racing!

Click here to follow the race from your device.

Race Fees and Pre-Registration:

If you pay electronically you do not need to send in your registration paperwork, you can fill it out on race day. Do not email your registration.

Indoor Race fees

  • Pre-register each month and pay $120 for 1st racer, $110 for 2nd racer, $100 for 3rd racer
  • Pay the day of the race and pay $35 for each race or when competing in less than 4 races
  • Pre-registration and payment deadline cut off is Tuesday before the race weekend
  • New 1st time Chicago area racers pay $10 for each race.


There are no additional discounted race fees for the indoor races, Groupon coupons are only allowed for new first time racers.

Payment:  We accept checks made out to GCSBD or electronic payment via Venmo - Greater Chicago Soap Box Derby 


or Zelle, search for NO CASH PLEASE

Request for refunds must be submitted before the end of the race weekend or the 1st Tuesday of the folloing month. Request for refunds can be sent via email.

 Request for refunds must be submitted before the end of the race weekend or the 1st Tuesday of the folloing month.

If you are unable to pay electronically:

  • Registration forms and fees must be mailed to: 
    • Stan Iglehart GCSBD Race Director, 1530 Fairway Circle, Geneva, IL. 60134

Registration form is available here.

Car drop off and entrance: 

Parking: Please park and enter in front of the building towards the north/right.

Car drop off and entrance: Enter at the front of the building towards the north, facing the building to the right. There are several 6' wide doors to enter and exit that can be used. There is plenty of indoor parking for your trailer, that entrance is at the rear of the building.

Car Counts

Click Here to visit our FB page for the most recent people who have registered.

Questions?: Read below - please email or call/text 630-841-8832 with additional questions.

Our host hotel is 

Comfort Inn & Suites 1555 E Fabyan Pkwy, Geneva, IL 60134. You can reach them at 630-208-8811 or use the link below to book your room. Rate is $100 a night.

When you call mention Chicago Soap Box Derby. Cut off date to book a room is 2 weeks prior to race date. Amenities include: full hot breakfast buffet which includes: fresh fruit like apples and bananas, waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, sausage links, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, cheese omelets, oatmeal, dry cereals; Corn Flakes, Chex & Fruit Loops, danishes; cinnamon, cheese, apple & mixed berry, plain bagels, everything bagels, white bread, wheat bread, english muffins, yogurts: cherry, strawberry & peach, muffins; blueberry, chocolate chip & banana nut, cranberry juice, orange juice, apple juice, coffee, decaf coffee, tea, white milk. And an indoor heated pool, hot tub and exercise room. Questions about the room or booking after the cut off date call and ask for Kimberly McNamara

Additional Hotels
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott St. Charles
2096 Bricher Rd, St. Charles, IL 60174
Hilton Garden Inn St. Charles
4070 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Quality Inn & Suites St Charles
1600 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Courtyard by Marriott Chicago St. Charles
700 Courtyard Dr, St. Charles, IL 60174
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago West - St Charles
155 38th Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
Super 8 by Wyndham St. Charles
1520 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Charles
2875 Foxfield Rd, St. Charles, IL 60174

Updates: If you would like to be notified when this page is updated, please send an email with the words "indoor updates" in the subject heading.

Additional race day info

  • AA rules apply 
  • 15 lb. max nose or tail weight
  • No lubrication of any kind will be allowed indoors or outdoors on the property. Anyone caught lubing or juicing their wheels will have their wheels removed from the race and possibly disqualified. Wheels will be replaced with a set of club wheels. Please take your wheels back to your hotel if you wish to clean or lube them.
  • No skates, scooters, rollerblading, or skateboards will be allowed inside. 
  • All cars will be required to have a new brake pad.
  • Emergency contact number for race day is 630-841-8832
  • Tools will only be allowed in the designated pit area.
  • All cars will be inspected prior to the race and randomly throughout the day.
  • Any and all repairs MUST be done in the pit area with the approval of a race official.
  • Once the car has been inspected and weighed, it is NOT to return to the pit area unless directed by a race official, or only if, that car is no longer racing.
  • Cars that ARE still racing must remain in pre-staging area while they continue to race.
  • No flash photography allowed at the finish line.
  • All cars will be required to adhere to current AA Soap Box Derby construction. 
  • All cars will be inspected, make sure your car complies with current rules.
  • Please look over the race day schedule.
  • Friday car drop off after 3pm.


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