The FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby
World Championships

Champ Parent Info


The Soap Box Derby® staff and volunteers would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship in Akron, Ohio.

We hope that your experience during this event is truly both a rewarding and memorable one. Please remember that Soap Box Derby staff and volunteers are available to assist at any time before and during the event.

The Pre-Race Week Checklist is your guide to suggestions for first time (as well as returning) Champions to assist with preparation and activities during Race Week. The Race Week Handbook offers event schedules, guides and tips for your time in Akron. The Race Week Procedures Manual will help you nagivate procedures during Race Week including scales, starting line and many more!

Below please find highlights that have been taken from the guides:

Car Delivery Schedule
The 2019 car delivery schedule for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby will be as follows. The times listed below are when cars can be dropped off.
Monday, July 1 - Saturday, July 6 – Champ Car Arrival in Akron, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 7 – Last Date for Champ Car Arrival in Akron, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please note that all cars must arrive to the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio with only four (4) screws attaching the body to the floorboard. Remaining body mounting screws are to be in a baggie taped to the car’s floorboard.

Box Seats
Box seats are located on the East and West sides of the track in front of the Grandstands. There are 37 Box seats available. 8 Chairs are provided per box seat. Box Seats are sold on a first come first serve basis. Order your Box Seat today through our on-line store! Box Seat orders can be picked up at the information tent located behind the blue Hall of Fame and Museum building at Topside.

Program Good Luck Messages
Wish your champ good luck in the official FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby race-day program. Order your Good Luck Messages through our on-line store. The deadline to order your message is Wednesday, June 26 at 5 p.m. (ET). 

Tools Permitted for Race-Week

Note: Alignment/Spindling services will NOT be provided this year by our volunteers.

Tools for Sunday VIP Shell Insulation 
1. Saw Horses
2. Wrenches - sockets, torque
3. Triangulation tools
4. Battery powered and manual screw driver 
5. Two-wheel car dolly only
6. Spindel alignment equipment 

Tools for Sunday Repairs 
1. Saw Horses
2. Tools that fit into a milk crate size box or crate*
3. Triangulation Tools 
4. Battery powered and manual screw driver*
5. Two-wheel car dolly only
6. Spindel alignment equipment 

Tools for Friday Alignment 
1. Alignment equipment tools 
2. Cleaning and waxing supplies
3. Two-wheel car dolly only 
4. No power tools

Note:  No lubricants and power tools other than the above mentioned are permitted. Also, tools must fit in a milk size crate.
*All electrical tools must be battery operated 

Race Week Check-In
Race Week check-in will take place at Topside. All Champs can pick up their welcome bag Sunday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. behind the Blue Hall of Fame and Museum Building.

T-Shirts
All Champs MUST wear their provided All-American Champion T-shirts on the following days:
Monday through Thursday, July 15 - 18 and Saturday, July 20. Please keep in mind that the shirts may NOT be altered.

Champ Wheel Purchase
You have the oppertunity to purchase your Champ's wheels that are used during Saturday's race. If you would like to purchase your Champ's wheels, visit our online store through July 13. Champ wheels can be purchased at the office tent Sunday, July 14 - Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m. 

Trackside Tents/Canopies
Do not place or set up tents/ canopies on Derby Downs grounds before 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 14. Violations will result in the removal of the tent/canopies. When setting up, please avoid the zoned off areas. The ISBD is not responsible for tent/canopies placed on the grounds or for items left in it. 

Camping
No overnight camping will be allowed at Derby Downs parking lots or the surrounding grassy areas.

Badge Trading
On Monday, the champions have the opportunity to attend a “Badge Trading” party at the "Rock the Rec" event where they exchange badges and trinkets from their hometowns. We suggest bringing approximately 300-600 badges for trading. Families will ask the champions for their badge all week long. We want to make sure that you are aware of this tradition so that your champions can take part in this event.

Stock Car Signage Placement

Super Stock Car Signage Placement

Shipping Crate Instructions and Diagram