FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown

About Us

Just a reminder - our meeting that is open to the public will be in March 19, 2024 at American Legion Post 94.


The NWI Soap Box Derby organization is based in Valparaiso, Indiana, and is sponsored by American Legion Post 94. NWI Soap Box Derby is a 5013c non-profit organization.

Three race categories are offered for youths ages 7 through 20 --  stock, super stock and masters. 

In addition, the super kids race category is available for special needs youths ages 7-18. 

It is held on Lincolnway in Valparaiso, IN. 

Our 2024 race day will be Saturday, June 22, 2024. 

Check out the What's New tab to see about upcoming important dates!

Racer packet can be found in forms under getting started. 

Following our open meeting all information will be posted here and on our facebook.

Please don't hesitate to contact our secretary,  Mallory Cook at if you have any questions! 



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.