SOURCE: Red Bull

March 25, 2008 10:23 ET

Red Bull Soapbox Race Is Road Trippin' Across the Country!!

Pit Stops Announced in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Denver

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Red Bull Soapbox Race is screeching through the nation this year, bringing a wacky combination of speed and silliness to the likes of Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Denver. Each city will select 40 teams from the pool of applicants to build and race outrageous human-powered soapboxes through a steep downhill track in a race against the clock. While engineering prowess is a must, as brakes and steering are required elements for every cart, there will also be a focus on creativity.

This year's pit stops include three debut cities hosting their first Red Bull Soapbox Race, with Philly up first on September 6. The race will then move west to a city known for its soap -- Cincinnati -- where racing dreams become reality on October 4. Finally, it's up to the Mile-High City to see just how fast they can clock one on October 25. Drivers ready for their place on the podium can enter their ideas for a racing roadster at


At Red Bull Soapbox Race, the road is wide open for imagination and creativity. Previous entries have included everything from King Kong and a giant chicken to the Tooth Fairy and a Viking ship. Participants are judged based on three criteria: speed, creativity and showmanship. So we want to see fast... with flair! The past has proven that the more outlandish, the better.

Racers can rest assured this isn't our first time down the track. Red Bull Soapbox Race began in Belgium in 2000, and has since visited almost 30 countries including Austria, England, Sweden, Czech Republic, Australia, Italy, Finland, Ireland, Germany and South Africa among others. The first U.S. Red Bull Soapbox Race was held in 2006 in St. Louis, MO, and last year saw pit stops in Seattle and Providence.


Ready to race? Auto amateurs have just a few rules to follow before they get the green light. All driving machines must be entirely human-powered -- no stored power or external energy sources allowed. Secondly, all vehicles must be less than six feet wide, less than 20 feet in length and no more than seven feet from the ground. And finally, all crafts must weigh no more than 176 lbs (not including the driver). All drivers must be at least 18 years of age, but engineers of all ages are welcome to work on the soapbox racers.

To apply, visit For all media inquiries about Red Bull Soapbox Race, please contact Ellie Applen at 310-460-4532 or via email at For a selection of high resolution photos from around the world, check out

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