Notes: Daly happy despite early fall on 'American Ninja Warrior'

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Conor Daly’s attempt to become an “American Ninja Warrior” ended earlier than anticipated, but the AJ Foyt Racing driver was happy with the experience.

Daly, 25, competed in a regional qualifier for the obstacle course challenge show in San Antonio in March, but the episode did not air until Monday night on NBC. Daly nearly completed the first obstacle but lost his grip on a rope and fell into the water.

Still, as he told IndyCar.com here, it was a worthwhile experience.

Watch the entire “American Ninja Warrior” episode from Monday below. Daly appears at about the nine-minute mark.

Gala raises more than $500,000 for Conquer Paralysis Now

The Dancing to Recovery Gala to benefit Conquer Paralysis Now, held in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, set a record for the event by generating $501,500 to help fund research to find a cure for spinal cord injury paralysis. This was the 18th annual event to raise funds for CPN, formerly the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation begun by Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner Sam Schmidt.

“Having the event attached to the 101st running of the Indy 500, and in close proximity to the racing community, was a huge success,” said Schmidt, the CPN chairman of the board who was paralyzed during a testing crash in 2000. “I personally want to thank everyone for their generosity and belief in our ambitious goals. We are more determined than ever to find a cure for paralysis thanks to your support.”

Schmidt started the foundation, which initially raised money to fund medical research and provide access to rehabilitation equipment and services to those in need, the same year as his accident. In 2014, he announced a new name and a new mission for his foundation. Conquer Paralysis Now and the CPN Challenge were launched to find a cure for paralysis by driving the development of treatments for spinal cord injuries to help patients regain such everyday functions as standing, reaching and grasping, and bowel and bladder control.

“Each year in May, the Indianapolis community and INDYCAR drivers join together to support this important fundraiser with a goal to cure paralysis,” said Craig Williams, executive director of Conquer Paralysis Now. “We are very grateful to all of our supporters, including our primary gala sponsors, Arrow Electronics and American Honda Motor Company. With their continued support, we are able to fund the efforts of researchers and scientists who are moving ever closer to significant breakthroughs in spinal cord injuries.”

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