Before the wreck occurred at yesterday’s NASCAR Nationwide series race, all the talk at the Daytona 500 was about Danica Patrick and her winning of pole position. Of course, ESPN SportsCenter mentioned Danica Patrick before they got to reporting on the crash (misplaced priorities).
Anyways, the Daytona 500 is the NASCAR Super Bowl so this is the biggest week of auto racing. Danica Patrick, like Janet Guthrie before her, is making huge strides in a male dominated field and inspiring little girls everywhere. Another overwhelmingly male dominated arena is sports reporting, especially in auto racing. Here are five female NASCAR TV reporters who are making their mark to inspire future female auto reporters. Of course, half of them are bikini models and beauty pageant winners, so it helps to have that going for you in this business.
Click their name where highlighted to see more pictures and read their biography. We start with a local product.
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 but most commonly referred to as Nicole Briscoe graduated from Hononegah High School in 1998. She and future auto racer/sports advertising megabrand Danica Patrickwere cheerleaders on the same squad 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. In December of 2009, Nicole married her boyfriend of 4 years, IndyCar series driver Ryan Briscoe.
37-year-old Shannon Spake is a NASCAR correspondent for ESPN. You’ve seen Shannon Spake on both NASCAR Countdown and NASCAR Now, and she occasionally appears on SportsCenter when they expand NASCAR coverage.
Before coming to ESPN, Shannon Spake worked at the Speed Channel, where she co-hosted NASCAR Nation and served as a reporter
Here’s a video of Kurt Busch going off on Jamie Little. But then again who hasn’t the volatile NASCAR racer gone off on? We know how much he loves the media.
Getting her start at ESPN in 1998 as a reporter for both the Winter and Summer X Games, Jamie Little is a former reporter for the Indy Racing League and is currently the pit reporter for NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series on ABC/ESPN. In addition, the 34 year old won the 2008 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, beating NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Mike Skinner.
Krista Voda is a pit reporter for NASCAR on Fox and host of The Setup, the pre-race show of the Camping World Truck Series, and Trackside on Speed Channel. The-soon-to-be-39 year-old Voda was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa. So you should see Krista Voda on the Daytona 500 coverage tomorrow.
Krista Voda used to co-anchor Totally NASCAR on Fox Sports Net. She was also co-host on NASCAR Nation when it aired on Speed Channel.
SPEED TV motocross reporter Erin Bates is a 34-year-old goddess of racing. Erin Bates is also one of the hottest sports reporters out there. Joining a decent size group of sideline hotties named Erin: Erin Andrews, Erin Hawksworth, Erin Nicole, Erin Sharoni.
According to All Left Turns:
Erin Bates joined SPEED’s AMA Supercross broadcast team for the 2006-07 season as a pit reporter. Her career in motorcycle racing began as a trophy girl in the International Freestyle Motocross Association. She also has done some modeling.
Erin Bates also got body painted into a human motorcycle recently.
A Fulbright scholar, author and MBA, Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.