God save our gracious queen. Long live our noble queen. God save the queen!
MONTEREY, California. When she ascended the throne as Queen Elizabeth II following the death of her father George VI on February 6, 1952, every member of the vast British Commonwealth knew these words as their national anthem.
The official coronation took place on June 2, 1953, and Queen Elizabeth ruled over the vast British Empire. It was once said that due to the colonization of lands around the world, “the sun never sets on the British Empire”, because somewhere in the world a nation or territory was under British control.
This is why the death of Queen Elizabeth II had such a profound effect on so many NTT IndyCar Series riders.
“She was a wonderful woman,” four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti told NBC Sports. “That’s the best way to describe her, an absolutely wonderful woman.”
Franchitti hails from Edinburgh, Scotland and part of the United Kingdom, which also includes England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
But the British Commonwealth includes 15 countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Soloman. islands, Tuvalu and the United Kingdom.
From 1841 to 1997, Hong Kong was a colony under British rule before it agreed to return the huge city to China. South Africa was a British colony until 1961.
The NTT IndyCar Series features drivers Scott McLaughlin from Christchurch, New Zealand; Scott Dixon from Auckland, New Zealand; Willpower from Toowoomba, Australia; Callum Ilott from Cambridge, United Kingdom; Jack Harvey from Basingham, UK; Stefan Wilson from Sheffield, UK; and Devlin DeFrancesco and Dalton Kellet from Toronto, Canada.
Although every nation has a sovereign government, Queen Elizabeth II was the official head of state.
After her death, this was the first time that the drivers of these lands had never had a queen as their official head of state.
Heartbreaking 💔 RIP to Her Majesty the Queen 🙏🏻 She was everything that makes us proud to be 🇷🇺 Our Queen, forever! https://t.co/KJSVgCtujJ
— Jack Harvey (@jack_harvey45) September 8, 2022
23-year-old Ilott is one of the youngest IndyCar drivers. Member of Juncos Hollinger Racing talked about the importance of the moment.
“For me and my mom, she was a symbol of our country,” Ilott said. “She was an icon of who we are, to be British. She was the most British of all. As a country, its loss is very sad and touched me in a way that I could not have imagined before.
“It’s weird because you could see it on paper money, on coins, you could see it on TV every Christmas. It was the support of a country that we will greatly miss.”
The monarchy and the royal family are one of the things that make the British Empire and the United Kingdom so unique.
Attend an NHL game in Canada and a picture of the queen hangs high above the ice in the arena.
“Here’s the easy way with the monarchy, they’re there in times of need,” Ilott said. “The country is run by the government itself, but if anarchy ever breaks out or something like that, they can step in and take over.
“They are always there. Background support for everyone, be it emotional, very personal for a lot of people in the UK.
“They are the face of me, the face of the country, the face of the flag and for many countries in the world, whether people like it or not.”
Arrow McLaren SP is an IndyCar team majority owned by McLaren, the racing and automotive brand founded by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. The McLaren Formula One team is based in Woking, England.
The McLaren Technology Center was officially opened by the Queen back in 2004, and the team expressed his sadness.
“The McLaren Racing team mourns the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and also remembers her incredible reign. Our thoughts are with the royal family and people around the world at this terribly sad time.”
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
1926 – 2022 pic.twitter.com/lGSTqAPI5s
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) September 8, 2022
Her Majesty’s death had an even greater impact on Formula One teams and drivers. But many of the best IndyCar drivers are among the millions mourning the loss of a queen who was an important part of their culture.
The official United Kingdom period is 10 days, although her funeral will take place on Monday 19 September.
With the death of the queen, her son, King Charles III, ascended the throne.
God save our gracious king. Long live our noble king. God Save the King!
The 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule will have the same number of races and tracks as this season, with minor date changes.
IndyCar will open the 2023 season on March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida and end on September 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place on May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 17-race schedule will end with eight races in the last nine weeks.
“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impressive upward trajectory, moving forward at a pace that is in keeping with our exciting style of competition,” President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp. said in a press release. Mark Miles. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to build on this trend further by bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and attracting new consumers around the world.”
There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the seven finals) plus an Indy 500 qualifier on May 20-21. There are also three races on the USA Network and a race in Toronto exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and in the US will also be streamed live on Peacock.
In partnership with NBC Sports, The 2022 IndyCar season was the most popular in six years. and the most viewed on NBC Sports of all time. The 2022 season was also the most broadcast season on record.
“We are very excited about our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and will build on the major milestones from last season,” NBC Sports Vice President of Programming Mike Perman said in a press release. “By providing comprehensive coverage to NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports looks forward once again to telling the stories of these world-class racers and this exciting series.”
Notable elements of the 2023 schedule:
– There will be the same balance: seven road races, five street races and five ovals.
– St. Pete will open the season for the 13th time.
– The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.
– NASCAR double-header weekend at IMS Highway will move to mid-August.
– The World Wide Technology Raceway event is rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday.
Start times for 2023 events will be announced at a later date.
Here is the IndyCar schedule for 2023:
|Sun, March 5||Streets of St. Petersburg||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, April 2||Texas Motor Speedway||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, April 16||Streets of Long Beach||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, April 30||Barber Motorsport Park||NBC, Peacock|
|Sat, May 13||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (highway)||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, May 28||107th Indianapolis 500||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, June 4||Streets of Detroit||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, June 18||Road America||USA Network, Peacock|
|Sun, July 2||Sports Car Course in Mid Ohio||USA Network, Peacock|
|Sun, July 16||Streets of Toronto||peacock|
|Sat, July 22||Iowa Speedway – Race 1||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, July 23||Iowa Speedway – Race 2||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, August 6||Streets of Nashville||NBC, Peacock|
|Sat, Aug. 12||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (highway)||USA Network, Peacock|
|Sun, August 27||World Technology Raceway||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, September 3||Portland International Speedway||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, September 10||WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway||NBC, Peacock|
*dates and networks/platforms subject to change