Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/26/11

MOTEGI, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 18: Ryan Briscoe, driver of the #6 Team Penske Dallara Honda waits to qualify for the IndyCar Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Mile on September 18, 2009 at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A native of Roscoe, Illinois, and former Miss Illinois Teen USA, Nicole Briscoe, previously known as Nicole Manske, and today sometimes known as Nicole Manske Briscoe graduated from Hononegah High School in 1998. She and future auto racer/sports advertising megabrand Danica Patrick were cheerleaders there together in 1996. Nicole got a lot of national media coverage when she started co-hosting The Speed Report on Speed Channel as well as hosting NASCAR Now on ESPN2. She also hosts NASCAR Countdown that airs on ESPN before NASCAR races. Oh and about her name change. In December of 2009, Nicole married her boyfriend of 4 years, IndyCar series driver Ryan Briscoe. You can follow her on twitter (@ESPN_Briscoe) where she’s tweeted a whopping 17 times. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site that generates millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar an...
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