Motorsports Host, Reporter
Nicole Briscoe is the host of NASCAR Countdown, the pre-race studio program that airs prior to all NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race telecasts on ESPN networks. NASCAR Countdown originates from the ESPN Pit Studio, located trackside at the race venue. After some occasional hosting duties, Briscoe became the fulltime host of the program in 2011.
Briscoe also reports on NASCAR for SportsCenter and other ESPN news platforms.
Previously a host and reporter for the news program NASCAR Now, she joined ESPN in 2008 as Nicole Manske, prior to her 2009 marriage to IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe. She worked for two years as co-host of a motorsports news program on the SPEED Channel. Previously, she was a sports reporter at WISH-TV, the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, where she was first exposed to auto racing through covering the Indianapolis 500. She also covered the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers and college basketball in her first on-air sports position.
She later worked as a pit reporter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network on the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 as well as IndyCar Series race broadcasts before joining SPEED in July, 2006.
Briscoe started her TV career as a general assignment reporter at WREX-TV, the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Ill., near her hometown of Roscoe, Ill., while still in college in 1999 at Northern Illinois University. She also worked as a weekend news and weather anchor and producer. She became a news reporter and fill-in anchor in September, 2001, for WANE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Ft. Wayne, Ind., before moving to Indianapolis in April, 2004.