AKRON, Ohio -- It was a beautiful day for racing as children from around the world were in Northeast Ohio for the National Super Kids Classic.
Nearly 70 physically and mentally challenged racers got to compete and coast down the historic Derby Downs track.
"It's so exhilarating, it's just fun, it's so much speed I just love it, I just love it,” said Issac Naftz, a soap box racer.
"I love soap box derby,” said Nathan Biegle, soap box racer.
As part of the event, racers get to control the soap box car and work the brake as it travels down the track.
**Fox 8's Enrique Correa got to ride in one of the cars Friday. For video from his perspective, click the player below.**
Katie Atchison has been a driver for 11 years now and hasn't missed a race.
"It's phenomenal -- like I've had kids cheering, I've had kids hug me while going down the track waving. It's the best experience. It's my favorite thing in the world,” said Katie Atchison, a soap box driver.
Parents enjoy the races, too, because they get to see their kids having fun.
"To have her come into this race into an event, she's not just standing on the sidelines -- she's part of the race, she's in the car, she's racing her heart out and having the time of her life,” said Lisa Neumann, of Canada.
Mike Callahan is the president on the board of the National Super Kids Classic. He says the races are special because it's something these kids will never forget, and it keeps them smiling.
"For most of these kids this is the only opportunity they have ever had to participate in something, to compete in something to be apart of something , it shows on their faces when they go down the hill," said Callahan.
Racers who qualify on Friday will also race in the finals on Saturday.