AKRON, Ohio - More than 400 youngsters and their families are in Akron for the 76th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs on Saturday, July 27.
Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 are representing their home communities from the United States, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.
"Again this year, we look forward to providing exciting and memorable festivities for the participating champions and their families who are coming to Akron for this lifetime experience," said Joe Mazur, president and chief executive officer of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.
On Saturday, July 27, Derby Downs opening ceremonies began at 8:00 a.m. and racing began at 8:30 a.m.
Champions of the 76th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby will be determined by 4:00 p.m.
Boys and girls compete in three divisions. They are the novice Stock Car division, which features the smallest, simplest ready-to-assemble kits purchased from All-American Derby headquarters; the Super Stock division, whose cars are similar, but larger to accommodate larger youngsters, and the Masters division, featuring the traditional, more sophisticated cars. The youngsters have earned the right to race in the championship finals by winning the local Soap Box Derby race in their home communities or by accumulating points in rally competition held around the United States since last August.
Rounds of single-elimination heats will lead to new champions in each of the racing divisions. They are competing in their gravity-powered race cars for a share of $30,000 in scholarship awards.
Additional information is available at http://www.aasbd.org , where a live webcast will enable race fans to follow the race day action on Saturday, July 27.