AJ Foyt Racing’s Conor Daly has signed up to participate in NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Daly joins list of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers who have competed in the event including Helio Castroneves, Tony Kaanan and Josef Newgarden.
Daly who is completong in regional qualifiers in San Antonio this weekend commented by saying:
“When I got the call saying it was a possibility for me to compete on ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ I was pretty stoked,. “After seeing my fellow Verizon IndyCar Series drivers compete last year, it looked like a lot of fun. I haven’t had the chance to do much ninja training yet, but since we are already in season I’m pretty happy with my physical fitness level.
“I certainly was not born a nimble ninja, I’ve always been a bigger guy, so this should definitely be interesting.
Daly went on to say:
“I certainly was not born a nimble ninja, I’ve always been a bigger guy, so this should definitely be interesting.”
Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves who competed in American Ninja Warrior in 2016 commented by saying:
“Take your time, don’t rush into the next obstacle. “Obviously, observe the others that are able to pass through. Don’t focus on only one stage, that was my mistake last year. You should be thinking about the other ones. I was so worried about the first two that I forgot the third one. So if he can see all the stages and look through those things, hopefully he can do really well.
Daly’s best friend and landlord, fellow Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe commented by saying:
“We saw last year with Josef, Helio and TK that it’s no mean feat to do that. “Those guys are all good athletes and it certainly highlighted how difficult of a challenge that competing on it is. I wish him all the best and just hope he comes back in one piece.
“One thing I have to say is that he doesn’t get to come back after it and call himself a ninja. No way!”
Castroneves went on to say:
“It helps people who are not race fans see not only that drivers are athletes and able to do other things than driving a race car, but they can actually see the personality of each individual. “We all are able to demonstrate that we don’t need to be punching people to get attention.”