Nicole Briscoe

Nicole Briscoe
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Nicole Manske
(1980-07-02) July 2, 1980
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.
Hair color Auburn
Eye color Green
Title(s) Miss Illinois Teen USA 1998
Miss Teen USA 1998 (semi-finalist)

Nicole Briscoe (née Manske) (born July 2, 1980) is an American sportscaster who is currently employed by ESPN. Originally focused on covering auto racing for the network,[1] which included stints as the host of NASCAR Countdown and NASCAR Now,[2] Briscoe became a SportsCenter anchor in 2015. She is married to IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe, whom she wed in an outdoor ceremony in Hawaii in 2009.[3]

Early life

A native of Roscoe, Illinois, she graduated from Hononegah High School in 1998. She and future auto racer Danica Patrick were cheerleaders there in 1996.[4]

Nicole won the Miss Illinois Teen USA 1998 and competed in the Miss Teen USA pageant in Shreveport, Louisiana, in August 1998. Nicole was a semi-finalist in the pageant, placing third (of 10) in the evening gown competition, seventh in swimsuit and tenth in interview, placing her eighth overall on average. Two years after passing on her title, she competed in the Miss Illinois USA 2001 pageant and placed first runner-up to Rebecca Ambrosi.

Early career

Nicole attended Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois, earning her first job while at Northern Illinois for WREX-TV, the NBC station in Rockford. She worked as a general assignment reporter for WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana, before going to WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana, in April 2004. During her career at WISH-TV, Nicole covered the Indianapolis 500, the United States Grand Prix, the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, and the NBA's Indiana Pacers. She was also a pit reporter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. In the May 15, 2006, edition of The Indianapolis Star, Nicole announced that she would be leaving WISH-TV for Speed Channel in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the 2006 Indianapolis 500 on May 28 being her last day.

Nicole was the co-host of The Speed Report (formerly Speed News), a Sunday motorsports program on Speed Channel. She replaced Connie LeGrand, and hosted the show from July 1, 2006 to January 27, 2008, when she left to become the new host of the daily news show NASCAR Now on ESPN2.[5]


  1. Goodman, Doug (Aug 20, 2009). "Watch former Roscoe resident Manske interview Obama". Rockford Register Star. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  2. "Nicole Briscoe". ESPN Media Zone. November 12, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  3. "Ryan Briscoe and Nicole Manske Tie the Knot in Hawaii". Penske Racing News. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  4. 2005 Indianapolis 500 Radio Broadcast, IMS Radio Network - Donald Davidson commentary (May 29, 2005)
  5. Goodman, Doug (Aug 20, 2009). "Watch former Roscoe resident Manske interview Obama". Rockford Register Star. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
Preceded by
Autumn Waterbury
Miss Illinois Teen USA
Succeeded by
Amber Dusak
Preceded by
Connie LeGrand (2002–2006) with Bob Varsha (1996–2006), Bob Jenkins (2005–2006), Ralph Sheheen (2004–2006), and Drew Johnson (2006–present)
Host of The Speed Report with Drew Johnson
Succeeded by
Krista Voda (part-time), and Bob Varsha
Preceded by
Allen Bestwick and Ryan Burr (2007)
Host of NASCAR Now with Allen Bestwick and Ryan Burr
Succeeded by
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