On Wednesday night, a name familiar to the IndyCar community found her place within the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pagoda once again.
Nicole Briscoe was named host of the ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500 in 2018, with the race’s 102nd running commencing on Sunday, May 27. Briscoe will be host the network’s pre-race coverage and will also bring viewers back from commercial breaks during the race. The role of race host was vacated when Lindsay Czarniak left ESPN during the fall.
Briscoe, who has worked at ESPN since 2008, will be more than happy to come home to Indianapolis. The Roscoe, Ill., native covered rookie orientation for local CBS affiliate WISH in 2004 and fell in love with the sport.
“How could you not (love it),” Briscoe exclaimed to the Indianapolis Star’s Jim Ayello. “It’s the history, brick by brick of more than 100 years of competition and what led us to this. The race is about seeing how far technology can go and how far the human body can go and where they meet in the middle on the track. All of that drew me in,” Briscoe added.
Her love and excitement for the race is also what she hopes to convey to the viewers.
“What I want is for my genuine enthusiasm and genuine love for the event to shine through the lens and goes home to people watching,” she expressed.
“Not everyone has a chance to be there and experience what I did back in 2004 at the hallowed ground of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500. But just because you’re not there doesn’t mean I can’t make you feel like you are and make you feel the same love and passion for it.”
During the interview, Briscoe also expressed how she plans to use the next few months to talk to the drivers and get their thoughts on what they want to see in the telecast. Lucky for her, she won’t have to go very far to find some driver expertise. Briscoe is married to 2012 Indianapolis 500 polesitter Ryan Briscoe.
The last few years have been some of the best in the race’s history in regards to on-track product, something not lost on Briscoe.
“The product, at the end of the day always speaks for itself,” Briscoe concluded. “That product hasn’t been an issue for IndyCar – or at Indy – particularly the past three or four years, which have been unspeakably awesome. There just aren’t enough words to describe how great it’s been. I really cannot wait to be back and part of the 500.”
With a role she has been waiting for and the experience she has had at the speedway, Briscoe will be looking to combine that enthusiasm into success for her new role in one of the year’s most anticipated sporting events.